Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review: "The Baby Plan" by Kate Rorick

The Baby Plan Kate Rorick
Date Finished: March 15, 2018
Date Published: March 20, 2018
ISBN: 9780062684424
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins

Meet the mothers…

Nathalie Kneller: Nathalie’s plan: to announce her pregnancy now that she’s finally made it past twelve weeks! But just as she’s about to deliver (so to speak) the big news to her family, her scene-stealing sister barfs all over the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Yup, Lyndi’s pregnant too, swiping the spotlight once more…  

Lyndi Kneller:  Lyndi’s plan: finally get her life together! She’s got a new apartment, new promotion, new boyfriend. What she didn’t count on—a new baby! She can barely afford her rent, much less a state-of-the-art stroller…

Sophia Nunez: Sophia’s plan: Once she gets her daughter Maisey off to college, she’ll finally be able to enjoy life as make-up artist to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and girlfriend to one of rock’s hottest musicians. But after 18 years she discovers the stork is once again on its way…

Now these women are about to jump headlong into the world of modern day pregnancy. It’s a world of over the top gender reveal parties (with tacky cakes and fireworks); where every morsel you eat is scrutinized and discussed; where baby names are crowd-sourced and sonograms are Facebook-shared. And where nothing goes as planned...

My Thoughts:
Childbirth.  I've been there, done that, shared my kids' birth stories more times than I can count.  Still, though, I find it an interesting and entertaining topic to read about.  So, when I saw this book with not one, not two, but THREE expectant mothers, I thought it would be a fun change from my current usual fare.

I was immediately affected by this book--although in sort of a love/hate way.  In the opening Thanksgiving scene, I may have related a bit too much to Nathalie and, without giving too much away, it was "stressful."  And, when I say "stressful," I mean I almost went into a panic attack.  On the one hand, it takes some skilled writing to bring out such strong emotions.  But, on the other, panic attack!

Indeed Rorick's writing style is on point.  The dialogue is snappy and the story moves at a nice clip. She has a clear, readable style that should appeal to any reader. There were times when my emotions came out reading this book, and it usually didn't result in a near-panic attack.

The thing is, though, that a strong writing style isn't enough to make a book  Structurally, I found much to be desired here.  For one thing, there are just too many mail characters.  Any one of these women could warrant a story on their own, but putting all three together robs all of them the treatment that they deserve.  I think Rorick could have been successful using just Nathalie and Lyndi, but Sophia just didn't fit into the narrative.  Every time I'd get invested in one of the story lines, she'd abruptly change to another one, giving me a case of reader's whiplash.

Rorick is a TV writer and I think that might be part of the issue.  For the most part, this book operated on the outermost layer of the story and it jumped around from plot to plot far too much.  Certain situations are emphasized for what would be a good picture of TV, but actually aren't very important to the plot, making everything seem out of balance.  When we finally do get a birth scene, it falls victim of so many TV pregnancies--leaving me yelling THAT IS NOT HOW BABIES ARE BORN!

I really wish this book had been more successful for me.  The premise was there and Rorick can clearly write a passage, but the story crafting was the downfall for me.

About the Author:
Kate Rorick is an Emmy Award–winning writer who has worked on a number of television shows, most recently The Librarians on TNT. She was also a writer for the hit web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and authored the two series tie-in novels, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet. In her other life, she writes bestselling historical romance novels under the name Kate Noble. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Find out more about Kate at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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