STORY: Not quite knocked up…
Like everyone in New York media, editor Liz Buckley runs on cupcakes, caffeine and cocktails. But at thirty-one, she’s plateaued at Paddy Cakes, a glossy baby magazine that flogs thousand-dollar strollers to entitled, hypercompetitive spawn-havers.
Liz has spent years working a gazillion hours a week picking up the slack for coworkers with kids, and she’s tired of it. So one day when her stress-related nausea is mistaken for morning sickness by her bosses—boom! Liz is promoted to the mommy track. She decides to run with it and plans to use her paid time off to figure out her life: work, love and otherwise. It’ll be her “meternity” leave.
By day, Liz rocks a foam-rubber belly under fab maternity outfits. By night, she dumps the bump for karaoke nights and boozy dinners out. But how long can she keep up her charade…and hide it from the guy who might just be The One?
As her “due date” approaches, Liz is exhausted—and exhilarated—by the ruse, the guilt and the feelings brought on by a totally fictional belly-tenant…about happiness, success, family and the nature of love.
REVIEW: Liz Buckley, age 31, has worked at Paddy Cakes magazine for 10 years as an Articles Editor. She has just broken up with JR after 4 years together. Her nemesis, Alix, was hired and given the Deputy job that Liz was promised. As Liz has no children, she gets stuck with staying late while the Moms get to leave on time. The “Mom employees” all try to out-do each other as they debate all the latest ways to raise their children. Stressed to the breaking point by her overbearing boss, Liz blurts out that she is pregnant.
Liz thinks that when the “baby is born,” she will have six weeks of free vacation (maternity) time. As the days pass, her friends are happy for her but she is finding it increasingly difficult to continue with her lie. She must wear a fake bump that changes sizes as time goes on. No matter how hard she works, she is always in hot water with her bosses.
When she meets Ryan Murphy at a bar, they seem to get along well. He works for CNN and is fairly well known. Even though Alix tries to ruin her relationship with Ryan by saying he was a coke head, Liz and Ryan continue to be good friends. Of course, she must remember to keep her office baby bump secret from Ryan so he won’t know about her “scam.”
I found my head swimming as I tried to read through this ridiculous claptrap. It is a combination of Sex and the City and Revenge Wears Prada. Good grief. This is the type of stuff that makes women look like total twits. I’m sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book and truly cannot recommend it.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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