If you haven't been able to tell by now, I love a book with a strong female lead. Maybe it's because I reckon myself as one, so if the woman at the helm of a story is simpering I am more than likely to not enjoy a story but if a woman is strong and able to take control of her life, and laughs at herself while doing so, then I am going to root for her all the way. If the story is a memoir and accomplishes all of these things then I will sing its praises even louder.
My latest read, 'Rattled' is just that. Christine is 26 years old living your normal single gal life in New York City. Working her way up the corporate ladder, she starts dating a great new guy. Three months in she discovers she is pregnant. At first she panics, which is a normal reaction for anyone in that situation. She talks to her boyfriend and he, sadly, bolts (literally wants absolutely no contact with her). She chooses that no matter what she wants to keep the baby. What continues is Christine's fascinating memoir of how she deals with this.
Personally, as someone who dated many guys before finding the right one (hey it's tough out there!) when I read this book I talked about it with my girlfriends because I know we have all had the conversation about "WHAT IF?" This is the ultimate what if scenario? What if you got pregnant just a few months into a relationship and really knew you were in a place to start a family of your own even through the father has no desire to be a part of it, oh how your life would change.
Christine's memoir is heartbreaking, funny and really sweet. She describes how she ultimately pulls herself together and realizes that living in New York is not going to work for her and her unborn baby so she will move closer to her family in New Jersey. As someone who never had to save before, she now learns how to do so and how to find new ways to make money. She also learns what having a baby will do to her social life and what it means to her friendships.
It is such a sweet story of the true meaning of motherhood. Christine now blogs for Glamour Magazine here: Storked!
(I got this book from paperbackswap.com)