So I finished the book “I Don’t know How She does it” last week but didn’t get around to writing about it until now. It was an okay read…there were a lot of British terms and things like that that made this a little more difficult to read than I would have originally thought but overall I give it a THUMBS UP!
Here’s the synopsis:
Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter’s school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.
Here are some of the parts in the book that were hilarious to me…some had some truth intertwined 🙂
“Babies never extend any credit. They have a tyrant’s disdain for fairness. They grant no time off for cuddles received, no parole for long hours spent nursing in the dark. You can answer that cry a hundred times, and on the hundred and first they’ll still have you court-martialed for desertion.”
“There is a scream from Ben’s room. A Hammer Horror scream. Third time tonight – or is it fourth? Teething again….You crawl back to bed and you lie there trying to do the jigsaw of sleep with half the pieces missing. Perhaps he’ll go back by himself. Please let him go back. It’s always around now, when the dark is silvery with the first inkling of light, that you start cutting desperate deals with God. “Oh, God, if you’ll just let him go back to sleep, I’ll….” I’ll what? I’ll be a better mother. I’ll never complain again, I’ll savor every grain of sleep I get from now until my dying day. No, he won’t go back…The book tells you to leave baby to cry, but Ben hasn’t read the book. He doesn’t understand that after forty minutes or so of continuous crying, baby will settle down. The book says that Ben may have attachment issues; I think he’s just figured out that the Mummy who isn’t here in the day is available for nocturnal cuddles.”
With that said, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie!! click here to see the trailer.