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Baby Proof: A Novel Paperback – May 15, 2007
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“Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Smart, snappy...sure to provoke discussion.” ―People
“[An] entertaining and unpredictable quest.” ―Redbook
“[A] wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker.” ―New York Times
“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, best-selling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. [BABY PROOF] examines the great lengths people go for each other, and is filled with great female characters.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Thoughtful…The idea that someone, especially a woman, might sincerely just not want to have children is a stubborn taboo. Giffin carefully navigates its implications, drawing Claudia as both painfully self-aware and prone to bouts of romantic naivete…[and] paints [her] heartbreak at losing Ben with sensitivity and grace.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“One of the sharpest writers out there…profound, humorous, and reveals layers about a woman's deepest desires.” ―Arizona Republic
“Thought-provoking meditation on our culture's focus on parenthood and family.” ―Washington Post
“Emily Giffin [is a] creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional. Complicated and unexpected.” ―Atlanta Journal Constitution
“[The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good friend while enduring dramatic crises enough for a dozen women.” ―Elle
“Giffin's easy flow lets you relate immediately to her characters, and even if you can't identify with the parenthood question, Claudia's crisis resonates. Giffin captures the experience of being thirtysomething particularly well – as she did with the twentysomethings of her last two novels.” ―Miami Herald
“[BABY PROOF] is by turns a funny and serious exploration of how difficult it can be, even in this age of choice, to choose the childless path.” ―Hartford Courant
“By avoiding easy answers, Giffin once again proves she's one of the best in this thoughtful, layered, and wholly original story of a woman facing a major choice in her life.” ―Booklist
“Immensely refreshing…challenging [and] thought-provoking.” ―Pages magazine
“What if it was decided – way before the first vow was ever exchanged – that the marriage wouldn't include children? And then one of the partners has a change of heart? That's the compelling topic that…Emily Giffin explores wonderfully in BABY PROOF. The publisher is promoting the novel as ‘at its core, a love story.' But it is so much more…one with a weighty topic that deserves its due in a society that all too often assumes sanctimoniously that every woman must do it all.” ―Columbus Dispatch
“Emily Giffin explores the awesome power of a love too real to give up. Wonderful characters…and unbeatable prose.” ―Oakland Tribune
“Giffin's introspective and moving love story is an ode to those who take the road less traveled.” ―The Atlantan
“Emily Giffin keeps you in suspense until the last possible moments, which makes for a page-turning and quick read. If you've ever had doubts about having children or have decided not to have them, you should see some part of yourself reflected in this novel.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Smart, witty. Makes an intriguing story…a cut above.” ―Seattle Times
“This take on contemporary relationships asks whether a childless-by-choice marriage is selfish, then moves on to fallout for philandering spouses, infertility, problem parents and the challenge of seemingly irredeemable mistakes. Thought-provoking…” ―Dallas Morning News
“Emily Giffin delivers a warm, witty story about a perfect couple who suddenly finds themselves at odds over the decision to have children. A must-read for any woman, mother or not.” ―Jezebel magazine
“Emily Giffin has proven herself as a master storyteller and writer. Though BABY PROOF entertains with its relationship drama, it also digs deep into the more serious issue of exactly what it means to choose not to have children. It raises important questions about how we, as women, define ourselves. More importantly, Giffin's heartfelt novel forces people to contemplate the reality of making sacrifices for the ones we love most.” ―Woodbury magazine
“Bestselling author Emily Giffin is a savant of unsympathetic situations, effortlessly bringing depth and humanity to flawed heroines. There are no easy answers in this achingly honest exploration of whether there's such thing as a ‘deal-breaker' in true love. What you do get are dynamic characters…organic, layered storytelling…and an ending guaranteed to have Giffin's legions of female fans talking.” ―Edmonton Journal
“A sometimes funny, always thoughtful exploration about how life sometimes has other plans for us than the ones we make for ourselves.” ―Library Journal
“Offers multiple and complex perspectives on the crazy experiment that is parenting.” ―Daily Candy
“Impeccable writing…Giffin steers clear of cliché by creating characters who are not only likeable and honest, but as vivid and real as your closest friends…Delightful and captivating.” ―Austin Fit magazine
From the Back Cover
Praise for the novels of Emily Giffin:
On "Something Blue":
"Giffin's writing is warm and engaging; [a] captivating tale."
--"Booklist ("starred review)""
"Highly entertaining . . . Despite a happy ending, Giffin raises thorny questions."
--"Boston"" Globe" ""
"Witty and compelling."
"The author's impressive knack for intimacy and insight . . . sparkles in this delightful novel."
"Smartly written . . . lightly rendered lessons about what really matters in life."
"Giffin's plotting and prose are so engaging."
On "Something Borrowed": ""
"Both hilarious and thoughtfully written . . . You may never think of friendships--their duties, the oblique dances of power and their give-and-take--quite the same way again."
"Sharply observed and beautifully etched."
"Page-turning, heartbreakingly honest."
--"Entertainment Weekly," Grade A
"Delightful...winning and real."
"Sprightly . . . dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity, and genuine warmth."
"Captures what it's like to be thirty and single in the city, when your life pretty much revolves around friendships and love and their attendant complexities."
--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
"A thrill to read."
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I have children, and never considered not having children, so the heroine was completely different than me in that regard. I usually enjoy that in a book, and this was no exception. I remember 30 years ago, in my early twenties, when a co-worker mentioned to me that she did not want children. I don't remember my outward reaction, I hope I didn't reveal my shock. But I do remember that inside I just couldn't imagine feeling like that. I don't think I was so much judging her, but just hadn't ever imagined that anyone would feel that way. This novel explores that feeling in a big way!
I always enjoy a thought provoking novel and this did that for me. In fact, I can say that about most of Emily Giffin's novels, which is why I am always interested in reading them.
It's a thoughtful story that covers so many of the ways that motherhood impacts relationships, using different characters, and different situations. I didn't feel that it was preachy in any way, just presenting many viewpoints of the issue, along with many different reactions to different views.
The first person POV of this character called for a natural, conversational delivery and this was not it. Instead it felt like I was listening to a horrendously long commercial because of the stilted, overly enunciated delivery. Because of this, I didn't connect with the characters like I probably would have if I had just read the book. No one talks like this in real life and it really detracted from the story.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I wish there was a sequel to this one like there was with Something Borrowed that would help to tie up some loose strings left at the end. I really liked Claudia's character, as well as her sisters - Daphne & Maura. Her relationships with Ben, Richard, Jess, her sisters, and both of her parents seemed realistic in their imperfections. That's what I enjoy so much about Giffin's writing - her characters are always somewhat flawed and relatable, and not everything always ends up so perfect at the end.
This was a fun read, and perfect for women who are debating having a child at this point in their lives. I personally found it incredibly relatable!
Giffin's heroine in Baby Proof, Claudia Parr, is smart, funny, and unapologetic for her desire not to have a baby. And unlike so many characters in chick lit, she actually seems to work--instead of just having a "job" that never appears in the novel--and she lives a reasonable lifestyle. The realism that Giffin gives to Claudia makes it easy to identify with this character, which is critical as the reader goes along with Claudia through a bumpy year in her life in which she is forced to reexamine her priorities and life choices. Claudia's struggle to choose will keep you reading to the end, which although a bit predictable, leaves the reader smiling.
I really liked the narrator's voice, and did not find her or the story cheesy or dumb or shameful like Something Borrowed. However, about halfway through the book, it kind of lost any kind of compelling plot. Luckily one eventually came back again. (I will leave out b/c it's a spoiler.)
I was totally on board with the plot itself until the end - not sure how I feel about the final decision. But whatever, it was chick lit. It was fine