Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski – Book Review

Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of Macmillan

If you read “A Bump in the Road” (which you don’t need to understand and enjoy “Not Ready for Mom Jeans”), you already know that Clare Finnegan has a new baby after what was an unplanned pregnancy for herself and her husband. Not that they don’t both adore their daughter, but life with Sara is so different than life before Sara. One of the biggest differences is Clare’s newfound questioning of her career. Being an event planner is something that she has always loved, but when Clare’s maternity leave ends, she feels an intense amount of mom guilt leaving her precious little girl at daycare with strangers.

Although I couldn’t always identify with Clare and the old, single, pre-child ways she did not want to give up, like staying out for most of the night to go drinking with her friends, I think that most mothers will identify with Clare’s struggles with work-life balance. For Clare motherhood is a constant reinvention of self, and she has a lot of soul searching to do in order to determine what is best for her and her family.

A couple of minor continuity problems failed to dampen my enthusiasm for this funny and realistic look at the tough choices of modern motherhood. I think most moms – nay, parents – would be able to relate to the decisions Clare finds herself forced to make.

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10 comments to Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski – Book Review

  • I read A Bump in the Road and felt many of the same things you expressed. I didn’t understand where she was coming from, but I am interested to see how she handles finding a work life balance. I have a feeling that I’ll be able to relate to her a little more this time around.

    • I wonder if the difference – for me at least – was that my pregnancy was planned and Clare’s was unplanned? That could have a lot to do with readiness to become a parent versus still wanting to go out drinking all night. It may also be that Lipinski didn’t become a mother until after “A Bump in the Road” when she got unexpectedly pregnant (irony?).

  • Oh, if only everything in life would just work out according to our perfect plan. Well, I hate to tell the author, but this will not be the last unplanned thing in her life…oh, things like accidents and illness and getting fired and other stuff like that. All of which will keep you from hanging out drinking with your friends late at night. So sad..but true.
    Think I will skip this one. Just the basic idea made me sort of angry…lol

    • I don’t think she was ever bemoaning that things weren’t going as she had planned, more acknowledging it and trying to figure out what that meant for the future. Also, these were of course the character’s thoughts, I have no idea what Lipinski herself thinks on any of these topics/how biographical it is.

  • My first pregnancy was a result of about three years of fertility treatments, but my second one was totally unplanned! Working a full time job and raising babies is not for the weak-spirited and I would have probably enjoyed reading something like this at the time.

  • Motherhood is such a tough road these days – someone’s critical no matter what you do, which only adds to all the pressure you put on yourself. This sounds like a book a lot of people could relate to!

  • Thanks so much for your review! :)

  • I’ve been eyeballing this one for a while now. Given my own recent struggles with work/life balance, I wonder if I would appreciate it or if it would just make me mad.

  • Kristen Simmons

    I’ve read this book and it is a pretty good book. Lots of people can relate to Clare. You’re right, its not the smoothest book I’ve read but still worth it.