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"A warm, frank, big-hearted book, which reveals Ms. Coppa’s doubts, difficulties and fears, as it attests to the success she’s made of her life—and of Jack Domenic’s." The New York Times

"I was hooked from the very first page of Christine Coppa's triumphant memoir, Rattled!, an inspirational story which proves that life's richest rewards appear when you least expect them."
--Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times best selling author of Time of My Life

"Sex and the City meets Knocked Up in this moving memoir about a sassy single gal who gets pregnant."
--InTouch Weekly

Even if you've never found yourself single, pregnant and headed back home to the burbs, you will relate to this true story of life gone wrong-and then oh so right again."
--Susan Goodall, Executive Managing Editor, Glamour

"Christine Coppa is a potty-mouthed, modern-day Holly Golightly. May she steal your heart as she's stolen mine."
–Genevieve Field, co-founder,

"A must-read for new moms. In Rattled! A Memoir (Broadway Books, 2009) Christine Coppa chronicles her life as a single mom, from finding out she is unexpectedly pregnant to parenting her baby boy. The hilarious, yet poignant voice in which she tells her story is sure to resonate with new (as well as more seasoned) moms, and the book makes a perfect Mother's Day gift."
--First Magazine

“Sex and the City crashes into reality at taxicab speed. Coppa is engaging, honest and, ultimately, inspiring.”
Louise Sloan, author of Knock Yourself Up: A Tell-all Guide to Becoming a Single Mom

“Neither fairy tale or cautionary tale, Rattled! is both a brave, bittersweet memoir about the life that happens when you’re busy making other plans and a hilarious, heartwarming love story about a mother and her son.”
--Matt Sullivan, InTouch Weekly

"Christine Coppa's memoir is deeply affecting--not only has she handled numerous challenging life experiences (including the crux of this book--an unexpected pregnancy) with aplomb, but she also writes about them beautifully and courageously. Shock morphed into poignancy, which in turn morphed into joy--and we were right there with her, inspired at every page turn."
--Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey, authors of The Perfect Manhattan and Cocktail Therapy

"Coppa, 28, is at the forefront of a wave of modern moms who are reinventing the parental publishing genre." The Sunday London Times

Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Prada meets Juno”
"Coppa's memoir traces, in vivid detail, her nine roller-coaster months -- alternating between assured, resolute calm and sheer panicked terror." New York Post

About the Author

CHRISTINE COPPA is a freelance writer and pens the popular Storked! blog on She lives in New Jersey with her son, Jack Domenic.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; English Language edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767930827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767930826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By AngeH on July 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Christine Coppa seems to be an extremely confident woman, who has lived a very blessed and fortunate life. She had an idyllic, suburban childhood: beautiful home; two older brothers who adore her; affluent, loving parents. Now as a young adult, she lives in Manhattan and has a glamorous job, an exciting social life, and a hot new boyfriend, referred to as "A" throughout the book.

In the midst of all this, a night of unprotected passion with "A" results in an unplanned pregnancy. Fortunately for Ms. Coppa, her family (including her elderly Italian grandmother), her coworkers, and a huge network of friends trip all over themselves vying to be the most excited, non-judgemental, and approving of this development, and to offer the most support. The heroine herself almost immediately begins anticipating the birth of her baby with joy. "A" alone does not share in this general feeling of awesomeness, and ultimately runs for the hills, but that barely ruffles her feathers.

I am long past my "Glamour" reading years, so I am unfamiliar with Ms. Coppa's blog, but I assume it is a better showcase for her writing style; and perhaps already being a fan of the blog is necessary to enjoy "Rattled." While I can be happy for the author and her adorable son and how perfectly everything all worked out, it's hard to understand why any of this is supposed to have made an interesting book. The pacing is dull, there is no dramatic tension, no climactic moment or shocking revelation. Ms. Coppa suffers no real ambivalence about motherhood, nor did she experience any significant hardship - financial, medical or otherwise - to bring her baby into the world.

Christine Coppa can write, and I certainly don't blame her for capitalizing on the popularity of her blog.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on February 14, 2010
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While the story of a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and then unemployed has the potential for a great read, I found the book filled with way too many random and repetitive dialogue and scenes. I was interested when Christine first finds herself pregnant and had to break the news to close friends and family, but by the time she's still writing about telling her out-of-town friend weeks later, I couldn't help wonder why we still needed the play-by-play. I also found much of the book to be quite focused on Christine's defensiveness about entering single-parenthood, which was anything but inspirational. As a formerly single mother myself, I find it disturbing how quickly and easily Christine took every inquiry about the baby's father as a judgement of her as a single mother. Is it really fair to fault the surgeon for asking if the father would like to attend the C-Section? For the sonnogram technician for referencing the father in the pictures he provided? Her observations about others looking at her pregnant belly and then looking for a ring also struck me as unneccessarily paranoid. As very few women I know have actually been able to wear a ring by the third trimester, I doubt very much that most would even use the lack of a ring as relevant. I hope this is an attitude Christine can lose as her child gets older and that she learns to handle the situation with more grace and dignity, before he picks up that chip himself.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Abby Morrison on September 24, 2009
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I am a reader of Christine's blog Storked! I enjoy reading it daily and am always amused by her stories of single parenthood. This book was a huge disappointment for me. There was no flow. It was choppy and too easy to read. I felt as though this book would be better suited for a high school level reader who is easily engulfed by stories of overly priced items and a woman who refers to the same moments and the same feelings over and over in the book. Christine was always reaching some revolution, always feeling proud (which she most certainly should!) but telling of it over and over and over. Thousands of single mothers (even married mothers) give up much more than weekly splurges on $70 t-shirts, $200 jeans and daily cosmos after work with their girlfriends. Christine should be any more applauded than any of the others.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RayShack757 on April 15, 2009
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I adored this book so much I wrote a review when I was just a few chapters in (which I had to delete to post this review). Well, I have finished it, and I can say with certainty that this book was wonderful from beginning to end. Coppa's writing is engrossing. I saw this book while I was checking out at Barnes&Noble. It was sitting by the check out counter on the mother's day stand and the bright chick-lit-esque cover caught my eye. I quickly read the back and decided to give it a try. I was unaware that Coppa writes a blog for Glamour (I'm a Cosmo girl myself), so I was not sure what to expect.
For any woman who has peed on a sick and either hoped to God it was one line or two this book is for you. Whether you have had a close call, are a mother yourself, or just have a soul, you can relate to Coppa's journey into a situation that turns out so magically. Of course most single women do not plan to become single mothers, but Coppa makes an amazing revelation that I loved. She does not want to be pregnant, and hates the situation she is in, but she wants her baby. That is so often the most overlooked aspect of unexpected pregnancies with younger women. Coppa got something so wonderful out of a not-so-good predicament.
This book is a total page turner. Her attention to detail is unreal. I felt like one of her best friends, like I was there through this with her the whole 9 months. This book really impressed me, especially coming from such a young author. If it is any foreshadowing into what Coppa will bring us in the future we are all in luck. I can't wait to read more from this author, and I definitely hope she writes some more about her life with her son, Jack.
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