10 May, 2007

I Don't Know How She Does It

So last week was book club and what with the rude commenter taking up so much time and all, I completely forgot to chat about last months book. As you are all well aware, this is a light book club and we pride ourselves on our senseless books that are full of humor. But last months book had had quite a few of us feeling a little bitter.


The book last month was I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson and centered around a workaholic mom named Kate, who is a married with 2 children. The book is based in London, although Kate travels all around the world for her uber important job with a high powered brokerage firm. Basically the only time Kate doesn’t feel inferior is in her career which keeps her away from her children & husband far too much, but yet she still continues to chose her career over her family time after time. I personally lost patience with her constantly running late to every meeting, every trip to the airport, every trip to the kid’s school, etc. She left me feeling exhausted just reading the book because she was always in a rush. However, there are some pretty funny moments in there that we can all relate to, like the night she stayed up late pounding store-bought mince meat pies with a rolling pin in an attempt to make them look homemade (Sandra Lee would be proud!).

I will say, at the end of the book she finally got her act together and quit her high stress job to spend more time with her family and take over a dollhouse making company. This worked out perfectly though because her entire family was able to partake in this venture (what with her husband being an architect and all). All in all, I will say I recommend this book, but only if nothing else catches your fancy at the bookstore first. Looking ahead, May’s book is One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and I’m really excited to read it because I’ve heard great things about the author. I’ll keep you posted!

10 Comments:

SBCVandy said...

I LOVE Janet Evanovich. Her books are so fun and silly. The early ones are really good. I hope you enjoy!

suburban prep said...

I read the book a year or so ago. I usually run through books but I have to agree with you regarding this one. It was ok. Not great. Let's say I had a hard time wanting to continue to the end but I did.

Monogram Momma said...

Vandy, I am so glad to hear that! I keep hearing that from so many people so I'm glad it was chosen by this month's host. I just picked up the book today so I'm headed out to get some sun and read a bit while the boys nap.

SP: I knoW! I just did NOT like the main character. I had such a hard time understanding her and also her point of view as to why she kept running herself ragged and missing out on so much of her kids lives and just home life in general when it's not like she had to work. She wasn't very like-able to me so that's why it was a chore for me to finish this one as well.

On the plus side, I also picked up the latest "Shopoholic" book for vacation. I can't wait!!

pink daisies said...

hello! just wanted to let you know that i tagged you today on my blog! i apologize if you've already done this, but hope to read your seven!

Melissa said...

I got too annoyed with her too...I didn't end up finishing the book. I'm glad to know how it ended.

I just ordered 2 mom books
"I really was a good mom before I had kids" and "You're not the boss of me". I'll let you know how they are.

AnastasiaC said...

i thought it was a light and funny read - she did get irritating at times but generally a fast fun read.

spymum said...

Hiya MM! I agree with your review - the main character was just irritating as I lost empathy with her a third of the way into the book.

However, various agents I have spoken to say that MummyLit is dead and anyway Allison Pearsons book was the best and most definitive one!

My pal Lucy Diamond has a debut novel called 'Any Way You Want Me' and it's good|! Maybe your club would like it?

Preppy Rider said...

Adding it to my Must Read list, thanks for the recommendation!

Kimberly said...

After reading about the book i'm a bit tired!

Kerry said...

I started this book twice now and couldn't get into it - maybe 3rd time is the charm.