Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Babyville by Jane Green (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: The amusing little inborn device known as the biological clock tolls for three women; two of them heed its compelling tones, while the third tries to ignore them. Fixated with fertility rituals and medical advice, Julia is determined to conceive with her uninterested boyfriend; she hopes that the arrival of new life will save their relationship. Samantha, happily married and eager for the perfect family, finds that her new baby brings nothing but exhaustion, frustration, and discord; will an affair help? Maeve is a brassy career girl with a no-holds-barred night life; an unexpected pregnancy leads her to equally unexpected conclusions. In this funny and joyful book, the question of maternity leads each of these three women to enlightenment and her own happy ending.

Read by: Kate Reading

My thoughts: I really enjoy Jane Green's books - they tend to be fun, light-hearted Chick Lit. Babyville, however, was a bit different. It is an interesting, thought-provoking look at parenthood, told from the perspectives of three women. It deals with real-life problems, of which almost everyone can relate to at least one - the obsessive desire to get pregnant, an unwanted pregnancy, and a much-wanted pregnancy that leads to a surprising aftermath.

The book is divided into three sections - one for each of the main characters. Julia is trying desperately to have a child but is trying to cover up her bad relationship. Maeve has never wanted children until something unexpected happens. Sam has just had a baby and realizes that having children is not all that it is cracked up to be.

Jane Green certainly doesn't seem to pull any punches with this book - describing both the good and the bad of having children. While I do not have children, I could relate to each of these characters - something that I love when reading. It just seems to make the book that much more personable.

Have you read this one yet? Do you have a book where you can relate to more than just one of the characters? Did that influence your overall thoughts of the book?

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)
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5 comments

  1. I haven't read any of Green's books but this sounds interesting, i like the three different woman and different views..awesome review.

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    1. I've read quite a few of hers and know they will usually be good reads!

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  2. I've been wanting to read this one and my library has a copy so I should check it out soon. Thanks for the thoughtful review :)

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  3. i need This Christmas, Babyville, Bookends in Epub or pdf format

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