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Childproofed [Kindle Edition]

Reese Reed
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Motherhood sometimes seems as though it's not all it's cracked up to be. Sleepless nights, baby fat, encrusted bits of spit up clinging to my clothes and hair...not exactly what I'd pictured it as being. Sometimes I wonder where the real Virginia went - the person I used to be before I was just someone's wife or mother. Now I find out that a hot young girl is after my husband. Perfect. This is the life of a mother. It's real, and it's definitely nothing like a baby ad.

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About the Author

Reese Reed is a happily married mother of three. In her spare time she sleeps, eats, and breathes. "Childproofed" is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Createspace (November 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful debut novel! November 24, 2009
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Reese Reed has written a wonderful debut novel that is at once a one-sit read and a book that will follow you around for days after finishing it. There are many strengths to this novel; one is the voice Reed uses. Her diction is very familiar and makes us feel as if we know her main character from the first page. Another main strength of this book is the characterization. The heroine is someone with all the same problems and insecurities faced by all women. She is a woman, overwhelmed with motherhood after the birth of her second child, who makes us cheer her on as she realizes what she really wants and fights to claim it. The book also has a fast-paced plot and is filled with those everyday mishaps that are much funnier when they happen to someone else. I found myself laughing uncontrollably at several points.

The book does not let any reader down. It has shades of romance, motherhood, suspense, coming of age (for lack of a better term - I think I really mean coming into her own) and chick lit. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, uplifting read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Quick Read February 9, 2010
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Plot/Storyline: 3 1/4 Stars

There wasn't a whole lot of "plot" to this novella, but there were some interesting points in the storyline. Throughout the reading, I kept trying to figure out "What's the point? Where is this going?" I know it's kind of a downfall of mine, especially when it comes to literary works with very subtle plotting and a slow storyline to get there. However, this did not fall in that category.

After the opening scene, I started wondering if this was some kind of Erma Bombeck set-up, meant solely for humor. It really was a funny scene. It did get more serious as I hit the Next Page button.

There were a few more humorous scenes, but the in-between stuff tended to bog the story down until it was hard to see the humor through the pity for the main character.

The novella did have a resolution, of sorts, at the end. I say "of sorts" because I felt that it really was up to the reader to decide if they wanted to be happy about the ending, or just depressed.

Character Development: 4 Stars

Virginia elicited plenty of pity, and even some empathy from those of us who have had kids. However, it was pounded in to the point of almost feeling as though women should just shoot themselves rather than have children. Sure, raising kids is rough. Sure, having two at home can be hard, but this woman took it to extremes.

Virginia's husband was actually well-done in that he was just a normal, rather oblivious guy. I liked him because he seemed real. I've known guys like him.

The younger woman in the story was also drawn considerably better. She was humorous and, if you have ever been around pretty girls that age, or been one yourself, totally believable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! December 8, 2009
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Childproofed is the perfect rainy day read. Its not terribly long, which is good for time pressed mothers. The characters are well thought out and lovable.
The protagonist, Virginia, is very easy to relate to. Her struggles are those of that the everyday mother and wife would face. Reese Reed was able to perfectly capture how a mother can go from being completely overwhelmed and angry at her toddler, to melted by a single smile or sentiment from the ornery tot.
What can I say? I laughed, I cried, I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet March 25, 2010
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This author shows promise but over all the story was rushed. It could have been better, with some history of the characters and plot development. Good start however, and cute short story. The end was predictable, but still a good ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 11, 2012
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Love this book! It was quick to read and left me hanging for the sequel!!! Can't wait to see how Chloe and Virgina handle the new babies!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but too short March 1, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book but it was too short. It should really be called a short story. It really left me wanting to know more about what was going to happen with the characters. I felt like the book was not really finished. I think there should be a follow up book to this one but it should be longer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hardly worth it October 8, 2010
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It would be charitable indeed to call this (bad) piece of writing a "book". It is more like a long essay whining about how hard it is to take care of two kids - but, by gosh, it's all worth it. There is not an original thought in the piece - not even an original way of describing old cliched thoughts. You get what you pay for! My advice would be to save your money here. (and yes, I AM a mother!l
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2.0 out of 5 stars priced appropriately at $.89 August 10, 2010
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agree with other reviews that while this was an entertaining story, it certainly doesn't qualify as a novel. Also agree that it is a terribly predictable ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than expected
I was expecting a lot more from this book, there wasnt a lot about raising children or even married life. i was a little annoyed by the main characters insecurities too. Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by E. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, sweet story with a happy ending
It's not fancy literary fiction, and at times the drama can be a bit petty, but overall this is a good look at the trials and tribulations that young mothers face when their... Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by Libby Mari
4.0 out of 5 stars Life As A Mom Exposed
I am excited to say that this is one book that kept me laughing from beginning to end. It often seems that the life of a stay-at-home mom is rather trivial, but Reese Reed lets you... Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by JR
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel
I read this story in one sitting, and while I would say it was a cute story and I applaud the author on her first attempt, I think that the story could have been fleshed out to... Read more
Published on May 19, 2010 by Tracey Doerrer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book; a quick read
This was a short book perfect for times when you don't feel like you have time to get wrapped up in a longer novel. Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by V. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Just finished this story, and I really liked it. My only complaints are that I wasn't a huge fan of the format (large spaces between paragraphs which led to having to turn pages... Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars really? It's over?
I need to learn how to translate Kindle data sizes into page numbers, because I would not have purchased this knowing it was just a short story. Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by S. Baker
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More About the Author

Born and raised in southern Alabama, Reese Reed is a former elementary school teacher and current office manager and freelance writer/editor. She was first bitten by the writer's bug at the tender age of ten, when a teacher read her short story aloud to the class. The love of writing grew until she finally decided to pen her first work.

Reese currently has two fictional works, "Childproofed" and "Claustrophobic", and her third work, "Red" will soon be published by Crescent Moon Press. In addition to her fiction writing, Reese taps her education background, writing curriculum and educational materials for major educational publishers such as Pearson and McGraw Hill. She also works with educational app developers, providing content for award winning iPad apps.

Reese is a happily married mother of three. In her "spare time" she enjoys reading, hanging out with her family, and, of course, writing.


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