Who Needs A Man? by E.J. Russell
(Summary taken from amazon.com) “Lydia gets dumped on Christmas Day. Pregnant. It changes her forever. For the better. Nothing will ever be the same because Lydia has taken control of her life. She thinks. A topical, funny and light hearted look at making a modern choice, being pregnant, single motherhood, family and friends. This is Lydia’s story, take the journey with her through heartache, recovery, life changing decisions, pregnancy and birth.”
Awhile back I read Return to the Aegean by E.J. Russell. Besides some profane language, I really enjoyed the book and Ms. Russell’s writing. This book, however, left me very disappointed. Maybe it’s my situation and my life. I love my husband and I can’t imagine my life without him. He occasionally travels for work, and I dread it when he goes because it’s hard to take care of the kids all by myself. I have gained a huge appreciation for single mothers over the years. I don’t know how they do it. Who needs a man? I do! I don’t want to do it by myself. I want and need everything he is. Also, I love what my husband does with and for our children. He brings things to the table that I am not able to. It’s both of us working together that make our family run, and we both have different talents and areas of expertise to give to the kids. So, you can see that I do not relate at all to this book. This woman gets upset when her boyfriend breaks up with her. She is pregnant and he leaves her all alone. Yes, that would be awful. I get it. Then she loses the baby and is sad. Rather than live her life and try to meet someone new, she just decides to give up on men altogether and have a baby all by herself with a donor. Had I gone into this book reading it for humorous pregnancy anecdotes then I may have enjoyed it. She is kind of a whiny pregnant woman, and I just kept thinking, “Then why did you get pregnant?? Don’t complain.” She just frustrated me. Like I said, I don’t relate to her at all. There may be women who do relate to her, and they may really enjoy this story. Other than the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the story, I didn’t love the writing. The journal entries made it a bit choppy, and the writing just didn’t grab me. The characters were ok, but not developed enough. Unfortunately, this book just fell flat for me. I was really disappointed because I did enjoy Ms. Russell’s previous book. However, if you relate to Lydia and her story then you may enjoy this story. Maybe I’m just too traditional in my views to enjoy this book.
There is profanity in this book. There isn’t any violence, but there is a lot of talk about break-ups and miscarriages. There is also talk of in vitro fertilization and other ways to get pregnant. There is talk of donors and lots of talk on pregnancy and delivering a baby. Needless to say, a younger reader would not be interested in this book, and it isn’t appropriate for them.
Rating: R (Language, and the whole premise of the book is not appropriate for younger readers.)
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.