Push, yes, push harder. Yes, just a little more, yes, yes and yessss!!! Congrats, it’s a girl/boy!
For some, the above lines could be holier than the bible and give more happiness than anything else in this entire world, yet for some, the absence of the exact same lines from their lives is eternal bliss.
The book I am going to review now is Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, my first by the author, picked up randomly on a second-hand book website, after I got ready to hear the aforementioned lines myself in near future.
The story follows the protagonist Claudia, a happily married woman touching mid-thirties, with no baby to tie her down. Well, that’s what she thinks, and doesn’t want a baby, ever. And so does Ben, her husband. They, in fact, had hit it off because of their mutual agreement to this pact. But when their close friends have a baby, Ben’s paternal instincts kick in and he starts yearning for one of his own, much to Claudia’s annoyance. Thinking of it a phase and that Ben would cool off in some time, she carries on only to end up at a divorce attorney. With Ben out of her life now and nothing else to focus on except her work, she tries to get over her miserable personal life by hooking up with a colleague from the office. It’s not long before she realizes that she can’t live without Ben and decides to give it a shot again, even if it means having a baby for his sake. Will she get him back? Or is it too late for that now?
I am a self-confessed fan of chick lits and romcoms, so expecting a lot from them comes naturally, because usually, the ones I’ve read are great, if not, at least enjoyable. This book is an exception. It is not a chick-lit, nor is a rom-com as against to what I had thought, but is more of a story of an extremely stupid woman, who thinks she is right but hello, isn’t, and without any fun or excitement. Right from the very beginning, the flaws in the plot were evident. Claudia and Ben were shown to be so much in love, so much that each considered the other their soulmate. So when they end up wanting different things in life, it is weird that their divorce fast-forwarded so much that it feels it was done in a blink! On the contrary, a lot of time and space is given to Claudia’s fling with the oh-so-perfect in every sense Richard, which she happens to have as a rebound and then leaves because she realizes she still loves Ben and can’t live without him and wants him back in her life, whatever may be the cost. I mean, why? What was the point of putting in this subplot, to spice up things or what? It was absolutely unnecessary. The plot should have been about/around babies, and not out of the blue, spite your ex kinda affairs. The book was supposed to be about a couple, and them having a baby or not. It should have been the couple sticking around and trying to sort their differences instead of heading for divorce almost overnight over a silly little argument. It sounded fun when I picked it up, and believe me, in truth, it wasn’t. It was like I was reading a book about women with ticking biological clocks and who are too hung up on babies or who are too busy writing them off or are unable to figure out if they love their husband or not, even if they had thought that they were the ones or having random flings just to get back at an ex for a wrongful interpretation they had about them…phew!!! To top it, Claudia takes advice from her BFF, who herself is in need of serious advice over her habit of going after married men and trying to break them up with their wives by deceitfully conceiving their babies. Also, the other characters in the story are as worthless as the complete book itself. Moreover, the first-person narration was as flat as a surfboard, with minimal dialogues and more descriptions (a big turn off for me), many out of place (I don’t know why, to create humor maybe, but it didn’t work at all). Even the climax was left in a un climax-y way.
The blurb of the book, though says, it’s about things one would or wouldn’t do for love, but the way it is put up here isn’t right. True love is not about wanting all the same things in life, it is about wanting different things, and yet being together. It is not about running away from each other and living separately before figuring out that they are meant to be with each other, but it’s all about holding hands and trying to sail through the storm together.
Full of cliches, this book left me disappointed, and in the future, will affect my decision to pick up another book by the same author. My take? Don’t go for it, it’s not worth the time, and the name.