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Baby Proof: A Novel Paperback – May 15, 2007
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Cynthia Nixon is the perfect choice to narrate this seamlessly abridged chick lit novel, which unfolds like an extended Sex and the City episode and deals with many of the same issues that the series' beloved TV characters faced during six years of shoe shopping and martini swigging in Manhattan. Nixon succeeds brilliantly with the tough challenge of making baby-shy editor Claudia Parr likable and appealing when her early selfishness threatens to undermine the listener's loyalty. She does a fine job creating a unique, throaty, confident voice for Richard (the office hottie with whom Claudia has an affair after her marriage dissolves), but the voices of some other characters, including Claudia's two sisters, blend too casually into one another. The bonus feature, a brief interview with novelist Giffin at the end of the final disc, is a mixed blessing. Although the sound quality has a poor call-in feel, fans will enjoy Giffin dishing on her characters, her life, and writers who have influenced her.
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Giffin has made a name for herself with unconventional, extremely popular chick-lit novels that place her heroines in difficult situations; both Something Borrowed (2004) and Something Blue (2005) were surprising and defied the norm. Her third offering places 35-year-old Claudia in an untenable position. When Claudia married Ben, both agreed that they didn't want children. Suddenly, Ben has changed his mind, and he starts pressuring Claudia to reconsider as well. Claudia is resolute--she has never wanted children and is certain she never will. When both she and Ben stick to their guns, it drives a wedge into their relationship, until a big argument over the issue drives Claudia from their apartment. Suddenly, it seems their marriage is over, and Claudia sorrowfully consents to a divorce even though she still loves Ben. Months later, Claudia is still having regrets, and even when she starts dating a handsome, slick publicist, she can't forget Ben. She begins to reevaluate what is most important to her. By avoiding easy answers, Giffin once again proves she's one of the best chick-lit writers in this thoughtful, layered, and wholly original story of a woman facing a major choice in her life. Kristine Huntley
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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.
Macy May Marcus, Author
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I gave it two stars because the build up in the beginning of the book felt cold. It was all facts and no feeling. I was 2/3 finished before real emotion and connection developed.
I wanted more. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters or their problems or how they may be solved. I wasn't rooting for anyone until the very end.
The first half of the book needs to be re worked with better character development, especially with the main couple involved. I never believed they were in love until the very last chapter.
It's long. It could have ended 2/3rds of the way through the book. It's a no brainer on how it's going to turn out. It just screams the ending at the first page.
Some of her works I've loved. This is not one of them.