- File Size: 786 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2014
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JCXV32U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Everybody's Baby: A Novella (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Billy, dude, seriously? You didn't think to provide the fine print on "name choice subject to parents' approval" or "rights do not extend to commercial use of our baby's image"? You idiot. I saw THAT coming down the pike from light-years away.
The writer has a lot of thought-provoking commentary to offer on how involved and share-y we seem to be with our lives, in the most superficial and social-media ways, and how possibly damaging that could be to real people, real children, real families. As a result I spent most of the book cringing, or saying out loud, "No. Oh no. No, no, no NO NONONONONONO. Oh dear lord, NO." Ms. Netzer is a master at the craft of exaggeration to make a point (if I remember correctly, Cicero was too; it's a time-honored technique).
It's just that I don't particularly care for satire, myself. I did not enjoy the subtext-becoming-text angle - and this is me and my preferences, y'all, but as a reader I tend to feel a little pushed around when the plot (what happens to the characters) takes priority over the story (what emotional journey the characters take). I was glad to see Jenna stretch and grow from the "oh, don't worry about me, I'll just be over here in the corner watching my life happen" attitude she starts out with to, "I want THIS. I deserve it. This is me, this is what I need, and dangit, I have rights here, and my KID has rights too." That part was great. I'll be checking out more of Ms. Netzer's fiction, in the hopes that her novels have more story, less overt satire.
As with her novels, Netzer explores the thought that marriage/partnership is much more than it looks like on the surface. Jenna thinks that Billy is the one with all the ideas and is loved by everyone and that she is nothing. She learns however how important she is to his idea generation and sense of stability.
I love books that cause me to run the gamut of emotions. Billy's runaway mouth and zest for life and social media had me laughing. The investors had me angry and the Redditors had me spitting fire. I was heartsore for Jenna and in the end proud of her. I don't want to let out a spoiler, but the ending had me in tears.
Minus 1 star for a handful of awkward errors--wrong tense used in one spot, POV shift in a paragraph, a character named Sheryl is mistakenly called Sheila at the end. There are not a ton of errors, but these few did interrupt the flow of the story a bit. Otherwise, it was brilliant.
Lydia Netzer is a don't-miss author.