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The Bad Mother's Handbook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013


    Im watching the movie rite now I LOVE ROBERT PATTINSON

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    A great read. Insightful as well as humorous.

    A great story to read for all ages. Warmth and humor found in a family setting. So good, it was made into a great movie. Read it and see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    A strong family drama

    In England though she recently broke up with her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Charlotte feels good about herself and her future as she is doing well in school, lives in a relatively happy all female home, and seems adjusted. That is until she learns she is pregnant.--------------------- Her mom Karen is a teacher's aide struggling with her mother Nan¿s mind slowly slipping away with the demands from that side already overwhelming. Her patience is over the edge when Charlotte informs her she is pregnant. Upset and unable to contain her anger, Karen cannot believe that history has repeated itself because when she was sixteen she gave birth to Karen. Though she loves her daughter all her dreams died with her birth. She did marry the father but thankfully divorced that loser soon afterward. As Nan drifts deeper into the past including insisting that she adopted Karen, the mentally exhausted sandwich generation is not sure what to do as Charlotte decides to give birth except to flee in search of her biological mother dreaming of a loving comforting welcome.---------------------- This fascinating character study is at its best when the audience sees deep inside the three generations with deep understanding of being an unwed mother, a child having a child, the sandwich generation, and the creeping of dementia (as well as a late stroke). When the tale spins off into the biological mother twist it loses some of its depth until Karen returns to her ¿real¿ family. Somewhat a soap opera, THE BAD MOTHER'S HANDBOOK is a strong family drama that focuses on the demands and responsibilities on women without men.------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    Good Read

    This book was a pleasant read. A tad confusing with the switching of the voices before you learn the characters, but not too much of a mental leap. Realistic plot involving the pregnant teen, as I was a pregnant teen as well. Also being a mother of a teen, I would want to KILL HER if she made me a grandmother at 33, yuck, I can't even imagine it. I would have to say the child is mine, just to avoid being seen as a(shudder) grandma. The mother's storyline was passable, it didn't take away or significantly add to the story either way. Worth the read, but not a book to read more than once.

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