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Posted February 20, 2013
More than just a Chick Lit book. The Baby Trap is my first bo
More than just a Chick Lit book.
The Baby Trap is my first book by Sibel Hodge. How can a book about the trials and tribulations of infertility be funny or enjoyable? It seems impossible given the subject matter, but Sibel succeeds in making it both, as well as poignant, eye-opening, and informative. I must say, I was impressed. I was expecting something like a Sophie Kinsella book, and while there are similarities, this book had a bit more depth to me.
The opening line of the book, "Why is it that you spend most of your young adult life trying not to get pregnant, and yet when you actually want to get pregnant, you can’t?" caught me right off the bat. As a woman who waited to try to get pregnant, I certainly identified with this line. Gina is a woman not unlike myself. Enjoys hanging out with her friends, is in no hurry to start a family...until one morning she wakes up and all that changes. As I journeyed with Gina and her husband on their trip through living by the calendar, fertility drugs, and, finally, IVF, I found myself alternately crying, cheering, shaking my head, and yes, laughing.
The best part about this book is the way the author showcases the feelings of the characters in the book. Although I have never been in Gina's place, or even involved in the process with a friend, Gina's ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and frustrations were exactly what I would have envisioned. The author has done a great job of showing me the pain and self doubt that would be inherent in a woman going through such an upheaval in her life.
This book was not just a one-sided story of how Gina felt, though. The author also did a superb job of telling Karl's story. His love for Gina shines through, but we also get to see his alternating feeling so elation and disillusionment, and the resulting frustration that he is feeling. Then there are Gina's friends, who are trying to be supportive in their own way, but really, how can you know what it is like if you have never been there. Such a great showcase of the feelings on all side of the issue.
Another thing that interested me with this book was the vocabulary. This is not the first British based book that I have read, but I swear, I learned more new words reading this book than in any other book I have read. At first it was a little strange and took some getting used to, but eventually I got the rhythm.
This books gets 4 stars from me for the real feelings showcased in the book and the wonderful way that the author handled a difficult subject with sensitivity and a bit of humor. And although the ending was by no means a surprise, it was somehow appropriate for this book.
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Posted September 26, 2013
This is my third book of Ms Hodges and I just couldnt put it down, reading it in one go. I laughed, cried and gasped as Gina struggled with her in ability to get pregnant. Some of her crazy ideas had me laughing out aloud. Her naming of her female anatomy gave me hiccups from giggling so much. By far my favourite book of hers to date. I loved it, and would love a sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2013
Posted May 3, 2012
Humor and conception
Gina loves to have a good time. In fact, that’s how she met her husband. One morning after a party Gina has a vision of a blue-eyed baby in her garden. Her groggy husband stumbles to the kitchen and is surprised by Gina blurting out that she wants a baby. After several months of trying to conceive, the couple begins a tiring quest through fertility treatments, fertility spells and a few other desperate acts to produce the elusive baby.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really enjoyed this book. There are several characters we meet on Gina’s journey. I loved how the story while dealing with a highly sensitive subject allows humor to seep in. While this story deals with trying to get pregnant there is wonderful advice that applies to other areas of life. My favorite quote from the book: It’s the death of a dream, but it’s not death.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a positive different perspective.
Posted February 1, 2012
Couple tring to have a baby told with humor
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This is a serierous subject but told with laughter. About a couple that one day the Gina in her 30's wakes up and decides she wants a baby.
But the first month no luck and then after a few more months ended up taking his sperm for testing. She has 2 hrs to get the sperm to hospital lap.
She gets stuck in traffic ends up going over a farmer field and speeding down a road and she has tube of sperm down her pants to keep at body tempature is pulled over for speeding 20 miles over. She asks for ticket and cop never had someone ask for a ticket. He has her get out and sees the top of tube. She breaks down and tells him why and what is in tube. He understands because it took him & wife 3 years so she gets a police escort and makes it 5 min. left.
Gina gets more and more stressed and Karl feels like he just a thing to only have sex on certain days and certain ways.
I know it seems unfair that so many people want to have a baby and can't and so many people throw babies and children away. I know when I got married and 2 weeks later ended up pregnant I felt guilty because of people we knew tried for years. than I got pregnant again and 3 years after I was married I had 2 beautiful girls and was a widow. We don't know all are blessings and trials at the time they are happening and we don't see exactly what others are going through. Thanks for showing that their is always hope.
I was given this ebook from Librarythings member and asked to give a honest review. I do enjoy reading Sibel Hodge's books she brings laughter and tears with each book.
Posted January 23, 2012
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review
Very classy cover, definitely eye catching with the pink and all the baby items. I love that font too. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is funny and gripping. I really couldn't put it down once I started. You know it's bad when you are laying in bed thinking, "I could get up and finish that book right now."
I never had an issue with infertility, although we were expecting me to. Hodge does such a great job with her descriptive writing that you really felt what Gina felt all through the tracking of her temperature, the planning of sex, ovulation, doctors, hormone shots and finally the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment. I stopped reading last night before the treatment and I was dying to know what happened. I really didn't know what I would do if it didn't work. Well you'll have to read for yourself to find out.
The character Gina really does have a great husband and father...however she has a super-rude step-mother and step-sister. I love it when she goes off on people who mistreat their kids. Even just complaining about their existence is enough to set her off, and I'm fully in her corner. If you hate kids so much, then why have them at all? Is adoption not an option when you are a professional?
Get yourself a copy today. This is comedic chick-lit gold! :)
Posted September 18, 2013
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