Book Review ‘The Baby Diaries’ by Sam Binnie

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The hilarious and heart-warming second in the series from the author of The Wedding Diaries.   “I’d be sick right now, but I never like to reinforce a cliché.”   A few weeks after Kiki and Thom return from honeymoon, Kiki finds there’s a noticeable absence. An extremely serious noticeable absence of something, it turns out, Kiki now realises she was pretty glad about. One pregnancy test later, Kiki’s breaking the “good news” (Thom: Wow. We’re so… Edwardian.) and rewriting all the plans she’d made before.   With an ever-expanding waistline, her nightmare childhood “friend” Annie pregnant too, all the problem authors at Polka Dot Books she could (not) wish for and an army of NW London’s Smug Mothers to deal with, these nine months might not be the nine months of blooming relaxation she’d been promised…

Published by: Avon (2013)

Reviewed by: Charlotte Pearson

The Baby Diaries is the charming follow up to The Wedding Diaries by the same author. The book catches up with Kiki and Thom as they return from their honeymoon to discover Kiki is pregnant.

The substance of the book is a chronicle of Kiki’s pregnancy which tracks the highs and the lows and all the hilarious bits in between. This all comes without any gory details and therefore makes for a super read…you will find this book hard to put down, the kind you could get through in a day given half the chance.

We get to meet Kiki’s family and members of the antenatal class too which adds both substance and further humour to the book.

The writing is witty and engaging and will have you laughing out loud. This is combined with giving the reader a believable account of pregnancy and the time that follows. The writing is honest and will make you wish you had written the book yourself!

I would recommend this book to anyone who has had a baby but even if you haven’t you might enjoy it as it focuses on juggling relationships, interfering busy bodies, families and work, not just leaky boobs and nappies.


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