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It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita Paperback – Bargain Price, March 23, 2010
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Basically, if you're a newcomer to Dooce and missed all the drama surrounding Leta's birth, this book might interest you. But if you don't want to pay for it, just go peek through Dooce's archives - it's all right there.
If you don't read her blog, this would still be a funny, sweet book, but I really wanted to learn more about her-not just a reiteration of the blog.
In my opinion, the best part of the book was when she talked about Jon and how he helped her through her depressions. They obviously have a strong marriage - and that was the one part of the book that didn't feel even slightly embellished. Honest, raw, and loving.
I am not a parent, so it may be strange for me to read this, but a few of my friends have become parents in the last year (I'm 27, so the baby makin' has commenced among my group of buddies). I really found it refreshing that she doesn't try to paint pregnancy and motherhood as sunshine and rainbows and preach about how her child is just the best thing to ever happen in the history of the world, because in reality, over a stolen sip of wine, my friends are a lot more like Heather than they are those people on the Baby Shows that populate TLC.
The writing itself is not bad. If it's easy to read, then I'm A-ok with it! There are some authors (blog to book authors) like Jen Lancaster who I find just too darn quippy, and others (stephanie klein) whose style is really disjointed. She tends to jump back and forth in time and place (not very gracefully) and her books actually do read like blog posts, culled together at times. But I didn't find that at all with this book. It might be thanks to an incredible editor and if that's the case then Heather has lucked out and if not, more power to her.
Overall I enjoyed the book. She speaks about her emotions and a time in her life where very serious and exciting and devastating things are happening, and she still seems approachable, relatable and not like she is taking herself so seriously. There's no self aggrandizing and no "i just feel soooooo much, look at my pain! relate to my pain!" in there.
In a nutshell: meandering, incoherent,and grammatically stumble drunk. 95% of what's in the book can be found for on her website's archives *FOR FREE*.
The grammatical "style" makes this book increasingly unreadable as it goes on. An example: THE WRITER SEEMS TO THINK THAT CAPITALIZING EVERYTHING EARLY AND OFTEN IS SOMEHOW NOT A JUVENILE AND HYSTERICAL MEANS OF EMPHASIS. It becomes a worn out, jangling trick pony early into the book and just gets sadder and sadder.
Mainly, I think I was surprised at how incoherently written and edited this piece of swill turned out to be. The story stumbles around, often wandering very far afield of the point of each chapter. In some cases, the central thought of the chapter wanders off in the first paragraph and is never really seen again. Critical story moments are generally grazed over with all the attention to detail of an ADHD toddler that found the secret Snickers stash.
Save your money and go look at [...], you'll get basically the meat of this whole book for none of the money without the insult of being tricked into buying it.
And by meat, I mean, a Boca Burger.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book. It helped me through my ppd and helped me realize how amazing my baby is. Anyone that is pregnant or just had a baby needs to read this.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
some things happen for a reason and I believe that. i love this book. and Dooce,Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Kersey
Whether you're Pregnant or already have kids, this book is a must read. It's hilarious and totally relatable regardless of how your pregnancy was. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karlia
I respect her openness in sharing her journey. The writing was long winded though and her voice was inconsistent. Read morePublished 10 months ago by botanica
A very raw and authentic tale of triumph, defeat, and love. Heather holds nothing back in this poignant and loud book.Published 11 months ago by Daniel
I love this book!! A friend gave it to me a few months after I has my son and it changed my life! I didn't know I was struggling with postpartum. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nikki Marvin
This book was ok. But goodness she has a handful of a child! I have plenty of nieces and nephews to know they are no y'all like hers. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by G Varela
Her experience with post-partum depression is interesting and she is fairly funny. I didn't get much out of the book besides that.Published on January 11, 2014 by Vstewart
How can a Kindle book cost more than the paperback version??? I will never pay this price for an E book.