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First of all, I know this was a very hard review for Jen to write, because she were really into it and hopeful when the mother was introduced. She wanted it to end with a powerful character, not on a schmaltzy note which would make a sane woman cringe.

While I accept Mama Wannabe lit is clearly a popular genre in romance and chick lit, it makes me think of that awful song by Heart, "All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You". I understand women wanting that last go at fertility, but that women want to read about something so desperately sad as denying a child its father is not funny. I know a woman who did it. It's not cute or sweet or funny. It's a human being stored in day care because Mommy wanted one last go at meiosis but couldn't sacrifice the career for the bundle of . . . something.

Sorry, but I'd avoid this book simply from the positive reviews on Amazon.com -- good, bad, or ugly review from Jen. What's sadder is that there is no lesson learned by the MC, something I assumed was part of the whole Chick Lit genre. The MC's reproductive system is the hero of the tale, not the MC. That's not right for Chick Lit. I want to read about women making bold, life-changing decisions and learning something about themselves -- man or not waiting at the finish line.

There's a market for Mama-Wannabe Lit, and had the agent READ the reviews here and why the reviewer liked certain books over others, I think s/he would have thought twice before tossing it at Speed-Reading Book Nerd Reviews.

I can only hope "Spoiling Egg Chick Lit" goes the way of "Rape-N-Revenge Sword-N-Sorcery Fantasy" soon, because it's just not pretty to watch women act like this. Her issues with her mother's "Oops" should drive the MC NOT to wants kids, not into the oncoming baby-makin' traffic coming other way.

Then again, I'm probably a heretic for hating Nicholas Sparks's Theresa in Message_in_a_Bottle and James Patterson's Katie from Suzanne's_Diary_for_Nicholas. Both female characters were sickeningly self-absorbed and learned nothing at all about the men they "loved" (both of whom were written well and with consciences).

Women who don't think past their own pores bug -- real or fictional. Period.

AIGH! *was, not were.

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Speed-Reading List

  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Hawthorne Legacy
    Reviewed December 5. (****)
  • Diana Ma: Heiress Apparently
    Reviewed December 4. (****)
  • Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis: The Meaning of Mariah Carey
    Reviewed December 1. (***)
  • Mariko Turk: The Other Side of Perfect
    Reviewed November 20. (****)
  • Nicole Galland: Master of the Revels
    Reviewed November 16. (****)
  • David Michaelis: Eleanor
    Reviewed November 12. (****)
  • Olga Khazan: Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World
    Reviewed November 8. (****)
  • Stephen P. Kiernan: Universe of Two
    Reviewed November 6. (****)
  • Christina Lauren: In A Holidaze
    Reviewed November 5. (****)
  • Lana Harper: Payback's A Witch
    Reviewed November 4. (***)
  • Daisy Goodwin: Victoria
    Reviewed October 29. (****)
  • Becky Chambers: The Galaxy and the Ground Within
    Reviewed October 23. (****)
  • Alexandria Bellefleur: Written In The Stars
    Reviewed October 19. (***)
  • Robert Sobel: Coolidge
    Reviewed October 17. (***)
  • Katherine Center: Things You Save in a Fire
    Reviewed October 18. (****)
  • Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: My Plain Jane
    Reviewed October 9. (****)
  • Jean Edward Smith: FDR
    Reviewed October 7. (****)
  • Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows: My Contrary Mary
    Reviewed October 6. (****)
  • Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: My Lady Jane
    Reviewed September 30. (****)
  • Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: My Calamity Jane
    Reviewed September 28. (****)
  • Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily
    Reviewed September 26. (****)
  • Kathleen Center: What You Wish For
    Reviewed September 23. (****)
  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Inheritance Games
    Reviewed September 20. (***)
  • Naomi Novik: A Deadly Education
    Reviewed September 19. (****)
  • Danielle Steel: Royal
    Reviewed September 18. (***)
  • Seanan McGuire: When Sorrows Come
    Reviewed September 15. (****)
  • Suzanne Park: The Perfect Escape
    Reviewed September 9. (***)
  • Tirzah Price: Pride and Premeditation
    Reviewed September 7. (***)
  • Rodger Streitmatter: Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok
    Reviewed September 6. (****)
  • Sarah Henning: The Queen Will Betray You
    Reviewed September 5. (***)
  • By Joseph E. Persico.: Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life
    Reviewed September 1. (****)