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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385336772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Readers of Wolf's debut novel, Diary of a Mad Bride, were introduced to her garrulous, uninhibited and beguiling heroine, Amy Thomas, self-styled control freak and list-making queen. Now known as Amy Thomas-Stewart, she embarks on an unlikely-for her-adventure. Motherhood had been pretty much the last item on this ambitious Manhattanite's to-do list, but when her beloved great-aunt Lucy dies, Amy does an about-face and even manages to get husband Stephen on board (since "an egg without a sperm is nothing more than an omelet waiting to happen"). The novel's diary format consists largely of recapped dialogue with Stephen, sister Nicole and best friends Mandy (a spoiled and defiantly childless princess) and Anita (a hipster who wants to be a single mom using "sperm for hire"). Amy spares no detail as she recounts puking on her designer shoes or having an embarrassing siege of flatulence. She discovers that morning sickness can last all day and finds herself in the capable hands of an aging, mild-mannered and completely inaudible obstetrician-the Crotch Whisperer. Amy copes with all this while trying to maintain her new career as a publicist at a third-rate firm that represents demi-celebrities like the Reese twins ("They're not singers, or actors, or dancers. They're not even models. They're just two incredibly cute twentysomething girls, with four incredibly fake boobs"). The treacly ending is below par, but this chatty, often amusing confection may entertain women's fiction fans-especially those who find themselves in a family way.
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From Booklist

In this sequel to her first book, Diary of a Mad Bride (2002), Wolf revisits the life of Amy, the harried bride from that novel. Amy, a vaguely unlikable heroine, has survived her impossibly obstacle-fraught wedding day and is now happily married and content, except for a persistent and totally unexpected yearning to have a baby. Predictably, madcap adventures ensue as Amy has difficulty conceiving and then, once pregnant, has difficulty adjusting. Comparisons to Bridget Jones's Diary (1997) are impossible to avoid, as Wolf's kooky heroine pours out heart and soul to her diary, railing against friends, family, and events, in a sometimes funny but mostly sarcastic monologue. And so readers will follow the zany (and somewhat over-the-top) adventures and insights of a wacky mom-to-be as she navigates her way through the emotional upheavals and lifestyle changes wrought by pregnancy and childbirth. A light summer read, this book will likely appeal to newly pregnant women or those considering pregnancy, fans of Wolf's previous novel, and readers who enjoy "chick lit." Kathleen Hughes
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Customer Reviews

This book was laugh out loud funny and it takes alot for me to laugh out loud.
"traceytavs"
If you're pregnant, or were pregnant, you know how completely insane pregnancy makes you feel.
Brette Sember
This book is an incredibly fast read with some side splitting humor all the way through.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on May 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
Amy Thomas is back! This time she has taken it upon herself to obsess about her pregnancy. She goes through one misadventure after another as she realizes that her birth date's looming and she hasn't achieved the tasks at hand on her 63-item To Do List. To make matters worse, she's lost her job, owns a rather small apartment and her husband finds it difficult to deal with her neurotic manner. She begins to wonder whether having a child was a good idea after all...
This novel is hilarious! Amy's one of the most neurotic characters ever written. Just when I thought she couldn't be more insubordinate in Diary of a Mad Bride, her obsessive behavior reaches outrageous and laugh out loud proportions in the second novel. Laura Wolf is a great writer, not unlike Sophie Kinsella -- author of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Their writing styles are quite similar.
Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be is a great summer reading investment. Highly recommended...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allison I. Marcoz on January 24, 2005
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Loved this book, read it in a day. It was funnier than Diary of a Mad Bride which I read when I was engaged. That one was really cute so I wanted to read this one now that I'm married and babies are on my mind. VERY enjoyable!! I laughed out loud a number of times as she goes through her 9/10 months of pregnancy. She keeps a list of "What no one tells you about pregnancy" that cracks me up as she stumbles upon these things the hard way! You'll love it, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2004
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this is a quick read and side-splittly funny! Laura Wolf captures all the ups and downs of being pregnant for the first time and having to discover all those little things that nobody tells you about before you get pregnant! if you're pregnant or if you best girlfriend is - get this book!!! It cheered me up and helped me laugh my way thru cravings, mood swings, peeing every 20 minutes, and dealing with the well-meaning family members. Also great - Diary of Mad Bride by Laura Wolf
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "keithysgirl" on May 28, 2003
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I began reading this book at the beauty shop while getting my hair highlighted. I was laughing so hard I am sure everyone thought I was crazy. A great follow up to Diary of a Mad Bride-To-Be, Amy Thomas is even crazier than before! Great for anyone expecting, thinking about expecting or knows someone who is expecting. One of the funniest books I have read in a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "dst4lyfe" on June 16, 2003
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I like this book because it was entertaining, funny and in some cases voiced thoughts that I have had while pregnant. My first pregnancy was great and I had many of the same fears that Amy had and then some. Amy had issues that every woman deals whether pregnant or not. Every woman thinks her husband is weird at some point in their marriage or that their grandmother may already be on the other side of the rocker already or that her best friend won't be because she is pregnant. I could really relate and I even got a chance to laugh while doing it. Good job and the best part, is that all of the pains and worries are well worth it once you see that little face looking right back at you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Setterfield on September 10, 2003
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For a super fun, funny read, you MUST read the Mad Bride books! Starting with the hilarious Diary of a Mad Bride and continuing on with Diary of a Mad Mom-To-Be, readers will be entertained with laughs-a-plenty and many will be able to relate 100 percent.
After two years of marriage, Amy Thomas Stewart is starting to feel the pressure to procreate. After a lengthy (and persuavive) discussion with Amy's husband, Stephen, the plan is finally put into action. Only things don't go exactly as envisioned, and Amy's commentary on the situation is, as usual, hilarious. And armed with her "Baby Now, Baby How" book and ever-present To-Do List, Amy's adventure is sure to have readers falling off their seats with laughter.
Don't read this one without first reading Diary of a Mad Bride since they go together. Both novels are a lot of fun to read and I hope there is another installment soon -- perhaps Diary of a Mad Mom-of-a-Two-Year-Old?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "traceytavs" on June 18, 2003
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This book was laugh out loud funny and it takes alot for me to laugh out loud. Whether you have already had a baby, are pregnant or want to have a baby - I think you will be able to relate and see the humor in your experience. I have recommended it to everyone I know!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lisasiouxfalls on April 30, 2003
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Love it -- another great yarn about Amy, the fiancee character from Wolf's first novel, and a sort of funny & sly how-to (and how not-to) of pregnancy and childbirth. Definitely better than the other preggo novels out there. Get this one.
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