Friday, January 4, 2013

Book Review: “Julia’s Child” by Sarah Pinneo

Julia's ChildJulia’s Child Sarah Pinneo
Published: January 31, 2012
ISBN-10: 0452297311
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Personal Copy / Kindle
Recommended for readers looking for some "Mommy" reading

Summary (from Amazon.com):
A delectable comedy for every woman who's ever wondered if buying that six-dollar box of organic crackers makes her a hero or a sucker.
Julia Bailey is a mompreneur with too many principles and too little time. Her fledgling company, Julia's Child, makes organic toddler meals with names like Gentle Lentil and Give Peas a Chance. But before she can realize her dream of seeing them on the shelves of Whole Foods, she will have to make peace between her professional aspirations and her toughest food critics: the two little boys waiting at home. Is it possible to save the world while turning a profit? 
 
Julia's Child is a warmhearted, laugh-out-loud story about motherhood's choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs. risking it all.


Thoughts on Content (3.5 / 5.0):
I’ll be honest—this is a light book, which is why I read it (it was #50 for 2012 and I needed something I could read in two days!).  It is a fun read, there is no denying that.  Julia is a realistic character going through what any mother of a toddler and preschooler/kindergartner would (trust me, I know!).  She is aided in her venture by her patient and supportive husband, Luke, and her sharp assistant Marta.  Throw in a Scottish au pair, some mobsters, an annoying neighbor and a venture capitalist and, voila, there you go.  One thing, however, this book doesn’t have much of is plot. 

What happens in this book is more of a record of how someone went from point A to point B rather than any kind of story.  This is fine for, say, a memoir…but for fiction I need a bit more going on.

Thoughts on Style (4.0 / 5.0):
Pinneo is a fun writer to read and I hope that she continues writing fiction, even though I felt the plot in this book was a bit weak.  As I said, I related to Julia as many of the struggles she encounters (like whether or not to let her kids watch TV in the car!) are ones that I’ve faced.  Luke is a comforting husband, but he comes off a bit one-dimensional.  Marta is a bit of scene-stealer with shrewd sense of how to save a situation and, frankly, she is just as much a part of Julia’s business as Julia herself.
The rest of the book is filled with stock characters—the immature au pair, the busybody neighbor, etc.  Luckily, though, Pinneo keeps the focus firmly on Julia, so the depth—or lack thereof—in the other characters isn’t really a detriment.

My thoughts (4.0 / 5.0):
I think I can sum up everything by repeating two things I’ve already said: First, I completely related to Julia.  Secondly, I was looking for, and found, a quick read.  I had a goal to finish this on December 31st (I started reading it on the 30th!), but I really didn’t have to push myself to hit that goal.  I spent a couple of hours the evening on the 30th and couple more blessedly quiet hours on the 31st finishing up and, frankly, it was time well spent.  I didn’t have to think too hard and I was entertained.  If that is what you are looking for, consider Julia’s Child.

I was not solicited for this review and received no compensation.  All opinions are mine, and mine alone.

AFFILIATE LINK: Purchase this book at Amazon.

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