Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Review: 'Little Earthquakes'

By Christina Newman

Title: Little Earthquakes, A Novel

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Recommended? YES!

My Review:

This lovely story is about four very different women who are bound together by one simple thing, motherhood! They go through the trials of marriage, career changes, family and motherhood. In truth it is a story of friendship.

I must admit that when I pick this book up I was not a fan of so called "chick lit". I was 16 years old just trying to find something to read for the flight from Tampa, Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada. I found it on a book stand at the airport and thought, "what the hey, I'll give it a try".

Chapter one..I was hooked. I fell in love with the characters right away and never looked back. They are funny, charming, brilliant women. Everything that I wanted to be when I grew up and strive for everyday since.

This story tells of motherhood from four different points of view.

Lia is trying to move forward from losing a child. She has run home to the mother she thought never wanted her only to find that she was always loved.

Becky is an overweight chef who loves who she is but not how she looks. She is dealing with a mother in-law from hell who will not let go of controlling her son.

Ayinde is a biracial woman who is married to a famous basketball player and must deal with his indiscretions as well as her own issues with her mother and her failing career.

Kelly is married to a man that does not seem to be in an hurry to work after being laid off. Possessions mean a great deal to her after not having anything she desired as a child.

Each woman comes to find that some things might not mean as much in the end as you thought they would. You learn to accept what you can't change and enjoy what you have. This really touched me at that point in my life. Being a mother is different for everyone but I truly feel that everyone will take something away from this novel.

I keep this book on my nightstand. I read it year after year taking something different from it each time. As I grow older I find a new appreciation for the women and the story they have to tell. It is so much more than a novel to me, it has become part of who I am and who I want to be.









Jennifer Weiner is fabulously funny, insightful and intelligent. She tells you the truths that come with parenting while finding the humor in everyday life. I highly recommend this book to all women, not just mothers!

6 comments:

Pam Houghton said...

She is an appealing writer. I read "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer W. and enjoyed it very much. Sounds like I might have to pick this one up too!

Alyssa Ast said...

I have never read any of her books but I look forward to getting started with one soon. Great review!

Christina Newman said...

Pam, you are right she is an appealing writer. I read "In Her Shoes" as well as her other books. I enjoy reading her and I hope if you do pick this one up you enjoy it as much as I have.

Christina Newman said...

Thanks Alyssa, I hope you enjoy reading her!

Angela Atkinson said...

I've read a couple of Jennifer Weiner's books. She's hilarious and seems to say those things that so many of us are thinking, but never say out loud. Love her! I'll have to check this one out too.

Christina Newman said...

Angela, I hope you do.

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