Monday, April 2, 2018

On Motherhood in the Current Era: The Baby Plan, by Kate Rorisk

Three women of different ages, middle-class, faced with the challenges of pregnancy and all what it involves, from the baby shower to the obsessive planning of every single details of the delivery - or not. It could be you, it could be me, it could be any of us. Thinking pregnancy and therefore motherhood changed not only from the point of view of the medical facilities offered, but also from the way in which women approach it. Mostly, working women, with a career unfolding or in the making, with or without a stable partner. 
Nathalie, Lyndi and Sophia: three women with three different destinies, two of them half-sisters, with destinies inter-wined. In a very lively, page turning way, Kate Rorick creates situations and tell stories which besides the easy-going chick-lit side, make you think a bit more about what exactly you need to keep in - and out - of your mind when it comes to waiting for a baby. Sometimes, we just expect everything to be pastel clear and go as smoothly as an app, when in fact, reality may have its own rules and by far more interesting human challenges. 
Overall, it is an easy read but that makes you think and while enjoying the reading, keep you connected to a bigger picture about our way too entertaining life styles. I really loved the diversity of characters: from the middle class, slightly OCD teacher Nathalie, to the ambitious Maisey, or the sensitive step-mother Kate. Women characters are the most defined and most of them a good example of strong, independent women courageous to face their daily surprises of more or less planned pregnancies. 
Obviously, there is a lot more in the book than pregnancies and although slow-paced, there are a lot of action-catching events taking place. 
Recommended as a weekend/holidays/long trip lecture for quality readers looking for a relaxing yet insightful read.

Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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