Started – 27/6/12
Finished – 3/7/12
Format – Kindle e-book
Synopsis – When Susie’s maiden aunt gives her a housekeeping journal, she expects Susie to use it for jotting down nutritious recipes and planning household budgets. But Susie has more important things on her mind …
… Like how to keep sane while trying to control a four-year-old diva who thinks she’s Judy Garland, as well as a thrill-seeking toddler with a death wish. Not to mention managing a demanding husband who expects a home-cooked meal at least once a fortnight and inconsiderate parents who seem to think luxury spa breaks are more important than spending time with their grandchildren. On top of that, there’s the small matter of the Lone Father at the children’s play group who is clearly smitten and Susie’s passing interest in Posh’n’Becks, Wayne and Colleen, Brad’n’Jen’n’Angelina …
Susie’s journal chronicles a hectic year in the life of a stay at home mother, whose one ambition is to possess an outfit that is free of snot stains.
My Thoughts – I’ve had this book on my shelf from 2010, where i brought the book for my mum as a present. After she had read the book she gave it back to me and thats where it has stayed for the last couple of years.
This book is a year in the life of Susie, a stay at home mum with two young children. It goes through arguements with her husband, whether her husband is going off her, best friend fallouts and make ups, mother and baby groups, and various children type accidents and life events.
This book was quite funny in places, i did laugh out loud at a couple of parts, like some of the bitchyness that went on at the mother and baby group. I really hope that this sort of thing doesnt actually go on like it in real life, but this part of the book was quite funny.
For me this book was a little bit like if Bridget Jones got married and had two children. Susie always seems to get all the bad luck and everything happens to her and nobody else. This was good at the start, but towards the end it got a little bit samey and it was a little bit predictable as to what would happen next.
Susie starts to think her husband is having an affair with his new assistant and ends up having feelings for somebody else during the book, now i know that this sort of thing happens, but for me it just didnt seem realistic and this part of the book put me off a little bit.
This isnt my first book by this author ive read a couple of others, and they are fun and chick lit. Perfect for a bit of beach reading or a bit of an escape. Maybe i would have enjoyed the book a bit more if i was like Susie, a stay at home mum, but i couldnt always identify with her. There is a follow up book to this one, but i dont think ill read anymore. I think this book would appeal to stay at home mums, but not me . . . yet!
Rating – 3/5