First of all, I need to thank Missy, fellow bookworm, for recommending this book to me. Little did she know, her off-handed comment sent me to the library to get the book on cd for my 9 hours behind the wheel last weekend. 10 cds, nine looooong hours made short by a truly witty and surprisingly intelligently written book.
Admittedly, my expectations were low. Any book that is being made into a moving staring Sarah Jessica Parker is one that my inner book snob tends to scorn. Plus, I’m not a mom, and I’m only three months into the first real job of my life. So what do I know of the demands of a working mom.
Turns out that you don’t have to be one to know one. I found myself loving Kate Reddy and really wanting her to have it all – the high paying investment banker lifestyle, the great stay-at-home-dad husband, and 2 adorable perfect children. The almost affair in the middle of the book only made her seem more human, not less perfect.
Because she’s not perfect, though she tries HARD to be so. Maybe that’s why I could relate to her, when we really don’t have much in common. The book is a little long for being such a light read, but it went fast. (I was only about 2/3 of the way through the cds, so I checked the book out from the library and finished the last 150ish pages in about 2 days.) I thought it was an intelligent commentary, and a realistic one at that, of the life of a working mom. There is no sugar-coating of the lifestyle, nor the choices made by Kate. She narrates the story, so you know of her internal struggles to balance her “double lives”. She just wants what everyone does: everything.
As it turns out, that might be too much to ask for after all.
You may know that this is now a movie in theaters. Even though the reviews are terrible and the trailer looks like rubbish (really? The book is set in ENGLAND, not BOSTON!!), I’ll probably still see it. When it comes out in video.