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Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem.
Stuck in a loveless babville with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer.
Will a trip to New York City with a jet-setting friend Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life.
Will a trip to New York City with a jet-setting friend—and all the glittering energy and eligible men the city brings—help her discover what she really needs? Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she cherishes her ability to do just as she geeen and breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller.
But when babyvillle no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to babville once tidy life. Paperbackpages. Published March 23rd by Broadway Books first published September 6th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Babyvilleplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 25, Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves: This book falls somewhere in the middle.
Given the reviews for this one were all over the place, I went into this with low expectations. That probably helped and for the most part this was a decent read and I enjoyed the female characters. But to be honest I absolutely hated the last few pages and how one of the character’s story line was wrapped up.
Like I wanted to throw the greeh at 3. Like I wanted to throw the book at the wall type hate because it played into an annoying book, tv, and movie trope that I can’t stand.
Overall though this was a good read but not really anything spectacular. May 08, Candice rated it did not like it.
I might have to give up soon I have no idea how someone could give this anything more than 2 stars I keep thinking it might pick up or get interesting or better Other than that, ugh.
Nov 03, Cristina rated it liked it Recommends it for: This is another that Babyvile already have forgotten what happened. It’s a good “nothing else to read” book that won’t disappoint with lower expectations.
The problem with Jane Green novels is that after reading one, you’ve kind of “read them all”. They are easy and go so fast. Banyville make great vacation books. Dec 10, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: This was not my favorite Jane Green novel.
It was the story of three women – Julia, Maeve and Sam. All three women are struggling with their relationships and – more truthfully – their identity. I get that we – as women – struggle with who we are and how to define ourselves apart from our “better half” and our ability to procreate. I really do get that.
I guess I struggled with taking it seriously with this book – which is probably hane I didn’t like it too much. I had little empathy for any of t This grsen not my favorite Jane Green novel.
I had little empathy greenn any of the characters. I didn’t feel the writing got me there. Apr 05, Alyssa rated it did not like grene Shelves: I don’t know how this book is possibly rated so highly on goodreads. The story itself seemed generally relatable and appealing mids woman feels the biological clock ticking, wants to have a baby with boyfriend she isn’t interested in so much after 4 years, she’s jealous of friends with babies.
I was interested to read it because it would represent “mommy lit” as a subgenre of chick lit. However, the writing was SO awful that I could not finish the jnae. I gave it a chance and read the first I don’t know how this book is possibly rated so highly on goodreads. I gave it a chance and read the first 60 pages, but could not push myself to read it anymore.
The author does not show, she tells. She uses passive voice. She writes like an 8th grader. The geen careers are in line with most chick lit media, business, lawbut nothing interesting was done with their personalities.
Once in a while there was a bit of witty dialogue, but dialogue itself was sparse and scattered through paragraphs of just telling the reader about the characters without showing.
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It is not a page turner, I did not feel jand to the characters, and I did not feel engaged with the story, most because of the writing and the lack of developing what could have been a fun topic. I baabyville to force myself to finish this book after reading the “Julia” segment. I am an avid reader of all types of books, including chick lit. As the mother of two young children, I had looked forward to some light summer reading about women going through the same phase of life.
However, these women are nothing like me or any of the many thirty-something women and jjane that I know. How many thirty three year olds do you know that stay up babyvillee well past midnight partying every night, then get up at the crack of dawn to spend an hour at the gym fully made upand THEN go to work, which just so happens to be a high-power glamorous television job??
Grinning from “ear to ear” and waiting for “Prince Charming. Dec babyviille, Kelly Lamb rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved Jemima J, and thought Mr. I gree prepared to go either janr with this one, and I did enjoy it quite a bit. I thought the 3 bwbyville in the novel were interesting, and I took a particular liking to Maeve.
Green did a great job of weaving all the stories together. A babyvilke, light read! Apr 02, Lauren rated it liked it. This book is about three women in their thirties, Julia, Maeve, and Sam. Julia is a producer with a live in boyfriend who is “trapped” in a boring relationship. Like so many people Gredn know in real life, she realizes deep down that she is not happy, but after investing 4 years in a relationship she is determined to make it work.
She babyvklle that the spark always goes out in a relationship. Julia, like so many people in real life, doesn’t know how to make herself happy and when her boyfriend Mark d This book is about three women in their thirties, Julia, Maeve, and Sam. Julia, like so many people in real life, doesn’t know how to make herself happy and when her boyfriend Mark does not make her happy, she decides that she needs a baby.
Julia takes her obsession with trying to conceive way too far, bursting into tears at the sight of pregnant women and trying countless rituals to get pregnant. In the end, her resentment proves too much and she blames Mark for her inability to conceive.
They have a terrible fight, she babyvolle to New York and once she is outside of the relationship, she realizes that she was feeling stifled. Julia throws herself into single life and CUT – the chapters on Julia end. The story moves on to Maeve, a thirtysomething woman who replaces Julia in her producer job. Maeve is commitment phobic, as she was raised by a single mom who swung from relationship to relationship.
Maeve is morally bankrupt and finds herself pregnant by Mark after a one night stand. Maeve seriously contemplates abortion but as she gets to know Mark she decides to keep the baby. This section ends with Maeve in labor. The third section is about Sam, Julia’s best friend. Sam is kind of the “glue” – through Greeh we learn what happens to Julia and Maeve.
Sam’s section is about a woman who is probably suffering from postpartum depression but is also feeling a lot of emotions that many new mothers feel. She feels fat and unattractive, lonely and bored but doesn’t want to return to work and the only good thing she feels that she has going on in her life is her baby.
In a bid to cheer her up, her husband sets up a “date” with another couple.