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Babyville: A Novel Paperback – March 23, 2004
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“With Babyville, Jane Green confirms her position as one of the sharpest, funniest observers of modern life and romance.” —Waterstone’s Quarterly
“You’ll be hooked—even if babies are the last thing on your mind.” —Company
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With "Babyville, bestselling author Jane Green applies her golden touch to the next phase of a girl's life. By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, this sparkling, sexy tale about the complexities of modern motherly love isn't really a story about babies--it's about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every single girl: motherhood.
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Jane Green has written this book in three sections for each of the main characters. Julia is trying desperately to have a child but is trying to cover up her bad relationship. Maeve has never wanted children until something unexpected happens. Sam has just had a baby and realizes that having children is not all that it is cracked up to be.
This is a really great about motherhood and friendship. If you have never read a Jane Green book before then this would be the perfect book to start with.
And that problem is babies...from the obsessive desire to get pregnant (a very real, unblinking look at what happens to a couple struggling with infertility) to an unwanted pregnancy (an equally real look at decisions that are almost impossible to make), to a much-wanted pregnancy that leads to an unforeseen aftermath.
Each of the three main characters, Julia, Maeve and Sam, are delightful in their own way, each conforming to the current Brit Lit cliche of young, ultra-fashionable, ultra-career minded, ultra-sexy but still wonderful women with various hearts of gold. Their men are not caricatures, but real people whose thoughts and needs are sensitively described in this book--a breath of fresh air! As we watch the three women grapple with different issues in the fertility arena, we come to love them and care deeply for the babies they may or may not have.
I was surprised at just how good this book really was. I was expecting another light, breezy British outing, and although this book certainly delivers on that level, it is also a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at parenthood and what it does, and does not, mean to those of us who have children, or who have every thought of having one.
There are three parts to this book: simply, Julia, Maeve, and Sam. These women couldn't be more different! Julia, has a live-in boyfriend and wants a baby with him, because she wants to patch up their relationship unknowingly. Maeve, on the other hand, couldn't be farther away from wanting that commitment, but she ends up pregnant instead! Sam, Julia's best friend, has the husband and baby, and looks perfect from the outside, but the inside story is way different.
This author shows that she knows what it's like to have the baby: postpardum depression, weight gain, feeling like you have lost your own life BB (before baby) and your own identity! She also knows that women can have a life as well as a family! Don't be put off by the 400 something pages, I did not get bored once!
Also, I was afraid that once I finished with the womans "story," that we would never see them again in the book, never know how everything turned out. I was wrong! Apparently, these three women are all interconnected, and that was great how she wove them all together!
As for this newest book, "Babyville" revolves around the lives of three very different women. Seeming perfect Julia, who is a successful TV producer, career driven Maeve who gets faint with the mention of motherhood and mother in training Samantha, who can't wait to buy those maternity clothes. Of course, things don't go as they expect (otherwise, why write the book) and it's those twists and turns that make this a great Jane Green experience.
I really enjoyed this one --- it gets better with age, and I suggest a couple reads to really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Jane Green is excellent at descriptive characters, realistic dialogue and amusing character flaws. But unfortunately, many of her characters come across as shallow, superficial whiners who don't deserve their ultimate happy happy joy joy endings. Skip this book in favor of her far superior novel, Mr. Maybe. You will thank me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice characters, and good stories. I really liked how all the friendships worked out in the end. Tells the truth about how being g a new mother is not always easy.Published 3 months ago by Deborah G
Great novel bringing 3 main characters to the forefront in their own sections, and they end up overlapping in a variety of ways. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Bell
Messy read. Confusing. I could not get into it, and therefore it did not get finished. All of her books sound and read the same.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hits super close to home (especially the third part). Funny and charming and actually well-written. The characters feel human, with all the foibles and uncertainties of real... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Liath
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Jane Green is an author who writes novels that women can easily relate to. Read more
Loved it!!! It was well worth the read. Jane Green has me hooked on her books. Can't wait to read another one of her books.Published 23 months ago by bobbievanmeter
I love all Jane Green books, but I felt this one dragged on. It was a cute read for an airplane ride.Published on May 30, 2014 by nicole berkowitz