How to Party with an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Genres/Themes: Adult, Chick Lit, Raising children, Contemporary
*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for a honest review*
Rating: 2.5 stars
I went into this book expecting a quirky fun read and that isn’t really what I got here.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else.
Fast forward two years, Mele’s daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese making, Napa-residing, fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort, both.
The book is written in an unique way. Most of it is done as answers to a question or stories of raising their children and seeing what food it inspires. There are moments of present time, especially at the end but, I found the whole way it was written to be cool. I really liked it.
The characters were all different with quirky personalities and stories. It was interesting to see inside the lives of different types of parents.
But I was just sad the whole time I was reading this. Yeah, there are some pretty funny moments but, there are a lot of moments where I was thinking ‘dear god is this what child raising is like?’ ‘Is THIS how some parents raise their kids or act with them?!’ I was so confused and flabbergasted.
It made me really dislike some of the characters so, I had no feelings for them. By the end of the book I didn’t care about any of them. NONE OF THEM.
I almost quit reading the book but, it was so easy to read.
So, everything about this book was good for me except the story and if I can’t like the story– whats going on, I can’t rate it very high.
People who like chick-lit about real life and how life after children is, will like this. Parents will probably like this, perhaps there are problems you can relate to. If you are looking for a book with a quirky setting and a feel good story, look for something else.