Baby Proof

I can officially add Emily Giffin as one of my favorite chick lit writers because I really enjoyed the book Baby Proof :thumbsup: I was hesitant to read a book about a woman choosing staying childfree over her marriage that was written by a woman who was married with two children. I decided that A. I was too curious not to read it and B. just because she has children doesn’t mean she doesn’t understand the feeling of childfree.

Since I adored her first novel Something Borrowed I immediately wanted to check out any other books she wrote. I have been disappointed several times by authors thinking I’d love any book they wrote (cough) The Other Woman (cough) but Ms. Giffin continues to impress me.

One of the best things about Ben when Claudia was on her first date with him was that he too didn’t want children. To her complete despair after they got married he changed his mind and wanted to have a baby wit her. At that point their marriage fell apart and they went their separate ways.

As Claudia continues to live her childfree life without Ben she begins to question everything and wonder how far she’s willing to go for love. She has her strong beliefs but what good are they without the only man she loves?

I thought this book was a delight and I’m not sure I’ve ever related to another character as much as I did with Claudia. All the reasons she didn’t want to have children and the few reasons that made having a baby seem pretty wonderful. I swear I was nodding my head through the whole thing in agreement.

I was worried about how the book would end but it was wrapped up nearly perfectly. My only problem (not sure if it’s even a problem) was her wavering feelings. I would love to see a character hold firm onto her childfree conviction and stay strong until the end. I would still highly recommend this book :thumbsup:

  1. a feminist

    August 4, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    Robin, I stumbled across this book online somewhere along the way a while ago and eventually went to Amazon to check it out (perhaps even to buy)… and then I read a few negative reviews about the writing quality and decided not to after all. Although the bad reviews were intermingled with the good ones, they were enough to put me off. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so hasty? 🙂 I think I’ll add it to my mental list of books to check out next time I’m in Waterstone’s and see what happens.

  2. a feminist

    August 4, 2006 at 5:47 pm


    Robin, I commented properly on this a few hours ago and assumed you had some sort of moderation in place – but then I just commented on another article and that one showed up right away…?

    It submitted fine, too. Gah.

    *Crossed fingers*

  3. Robin

    August 5, 2006 at 6:24 am

    a feminist – for some reason you went into spam, sorry.

    Well it is a chick lit so it’s not quite the great American novel or anything but certainly enjoyed it. I didn’t read it but listened to it through audio cd, maybe that was the difference :dunno:

  4. a feminist

    August 5, 2006 at 7:45 am

    Ah, no problem…

    I guess after the bad reviews on Amazon I don’t have it built up in my head to be anything amazing – so I should enjoy it no matter what :fingerscrossed: I did that with The Catcher In The Rye – certainly enjoyable, but a bit of a disappointment, after everyone goes on and on about it… the film Citizen Kane too… God, I should just stop listening to what others think so much, shouldn’t I? 🙂

  5. Robin

    August 5, 2006 at 8:32 am

    Yeah, don’t listen to others. Get it from the library if you aren’t sure, that’s what I did. Citizen Kane bored the crap out of me :dunno:

  6. Shamelessly Sassy

    August 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I really like Emily Giffin. I read some of her books last Summer and really enjoyed them.

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