Rattled!: A Memoir

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Warm, honest, funny, and empowering, Rattled! is an unforgettable memoir of a life that takes an unexpected turn—and a brave young woman who decides to follow where the road leads. Everything in twenty-six-year-old Christine’s life was going as planned—great friends, a promising job as a magazine assistant, New York City at her feet . . . even a cute guy. Until the fateful day she realizes she’s pregnant by said cute guy, whom she’d only been dating for a few months. The next thing you know, he bails and ...
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Overview

Warm, honest, funny, and empowering, Rattled! is an unforgettable memoir of a life that takes an unexpected turn—and a brave young woman who decides to follow where the road leads. Everything in twenty-six-year-old Christine’s life was going as planned—great friends, a promising job as a magazine assistant, New York City at her feet . . . even a cute guy. Until the fateful day she realizes she’s pregnant by said cute guy, whom she’d only been dating for a few months. The next thing you know, he bails and Christine is left to wonder, What now? Trading Manhattan for the suburbs, skinny jeans for sweatpants, and all-nighters with the girls for 3 a.m. feedings with a restless infant, Christine chooses to live a life that honors what’s important to her—and finds strength she didn’t know she had in the process.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A warm, frank, big-hearted book, which reveals Ms. Coppa’s doubts, difficulties and fears, as it attests to the success she’s made of her life—and of Jack Domenic’s." The New York Times

"I was hooked from the very first page of Christine Coppa's triumphant memoir, Rattled!, an inspirational story which proves that life's richest rewards appear when you least expect them."
--Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times best selling author of Time of My Life

"Sex and the City meets Knocked Up in this moving memoir about a sassy single gal who gets pregnant."
--InTouch Weekly

"Even if you've never found yourself single, pregnant and headed back home to the burbs, you will relate to this true story of life gone wrong-and then oh so right again."
--Susan Goodall, Executive Managing Editor, Glamour

"Christine Coppa is a potty-mouthed, modern-day Holly Golightly. May she steal your heart as she's stolen mine."
–Genevieve Field, co-founder, Nerve.com

"A must-read for new moms. In Rattled! A Memoir (Broadway Books, 2009) Christine Coppa chronicles her life as a single mom, from finding out she is unexpectedly pregnant to parenting her baby boy. The hilarious, yet poignant voice in which she tells her story is sure to resonate with new (as well as more seasoned) moms, and the book makes a perfect Mother's Day gift."
--First Magazine

“Sex and the City crashes into reality at taxicab speed. Coppa is engaging, honest and, ultimately, inspiring.”
Louise Sloan, author of Knock Yourself Up: A Tell-all Guide to Becoming a Single Mom

“Neither fairy tale or cautionary tale, Rattled! is both a brave, bittersweet memoir about the life that happens when you’re busy making other plans and a hilarious, heartwarming love story about a mother and her son.”
--Matt Sullivan, InTouch Weekly

"Christine Coppa's memoir is deeply affecting--not only has she handled numerous challenging life experiences (including the crux of this book--an unexpected pregnancy) with aplomb, but she also writes about them beautifully and courageously. Shock morphed into poignancy, which in turn morphed into joy--and we were right there with her, inspired at every page turn."
--Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey, authors of The Perfect Manhattan and Cocktail Therapy

"Coppa, 28, is at the forefront of a wave of modern moms who are reinventing the parental publishing genre." The Sunday London Times

Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Prada meets Juno” Banterist.com
"Coppa's memoir traces, in vivid detail, her nine roller-coaster months -- alternating between assured, resolute calm and sheer panicked terror." New York Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767930826
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,167,148
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.14 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE COPPA is a freelance writer and pens the popular Storked! blog on Glamour.com. She lives in New Jersey with her son, Jack Domenic.
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Reading Group Guide

1. When Christine first learns that she’s pregnant, how does A’s reaction differ from her own? How do their feelings change over the next few months? Can you think of a time in your own life when everything changed in a split second, like when Christine saw her baby’s heartbeat and knew her pregnancy was real? How did you feel?

2. Were you surprised by A’s decision to not be involved at all? Given that women have the right to an abortion and Plan B, do you think men should have the right to walk away if they don’t want to be a parent?

3. Has anyone you loved ever been injured in an accident, like Christine’s ex-boyfriend Keith? How did it affect you? Do you think Christine was wrong to leave him?

4. Christine grapples with how to share her pregnancy news with her family and friends. Did her parents’ reaction surprise you? How did Christine’s girlfriends differ in their responses? How did you react when a girlfriend shared something surprising with you?

5. What do you think of Christine’s solo trip to Palm Springs, California? What does her “babymoon” teach her about herself? Have you or would you ever travel solo? Why or why not?

6. Christine remarks that moving to New Jersey seems, at times, “more impossible” than being pregnant. What do you think she misses most about city life? How does her move affect her relationship with her girlfriends? What are the advantages and disadvantages of raising a child in the city?

7. What do you make of Christine’s relationship with her brother Carlo? Do you think he helps or hinders her ability to become independent and ready for her baby?

8. Christine’s work as a blogger often makes her private life open to the public. Do you think her readers have the right to critique her decisions? Have her readers crossed a line by asking questions about child support, Jack’s father, and her financial situation? Do you think A ever read(s) her blog?

9. How do Christine’s feelings about being a single-parent family change as her pregnancy progresses? How does she overcome concerns about raising her son without a father? Do you think American society still views a nuclear family as ideal?

10. What is the significance of Christine’s return to New York City with her son to celebrate her 27th birthday? How has she changed since the beginning of the book?

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    I thought she sounded very pretentious. She lives in the city wi

    I thought she sounded very pretentious. She lives in the city with roommates and brunches at restaurants in SoHo only SoHo residents can afford and can't accept the fact she is a Jersey girl and not a New Yorker at all.
    I was annoyed more and more as i turn the page but I just had to finish it since I paid for it and hopefully get some money back when I resell it.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Sweet, well written and very enduring

    I enjoyed this book - it was a fast read. Sad at parts because I knew that he "does not come around" and in the end even though she is an independent mom, JD does not have a dad. He does have some AMAZING men in his life!
    This is what I took away from the book - NOT the struggles of a single mom because really been there and done that, but your NORMAL 20's experience. I had my daughter at 19 so I didn't go off to college (I went at 25 and finished at 28), I didn't have the random connections with people, I didn't travel, I have never lived "alone", never got up on Sunday and went to brunch, never did any of that. I read ALL those sections of the book like a kid in a candy shop. I would open close my eyes and imagine how being so carefree must have felt like, when I was that young. I AM NOT saying this in a bad way, not in the least..
    Overall it was a good well written book. Even if you were a fan of her blog, you still walk away with more. Her brother totally cracked me up and her grandma was so sweet..

    My only complaint - I wish we had pictures.
    K

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Review of "Rattled!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Ms. Coppa's writing style is lyrical and funny, and her story totally touched my heart. This book is certainly a "must" read for anyone who is pregnant and single, as Christine's memoir is almost a "how to cope with it all" guide for single moms. I have already purchased an extra copy to send to a friend who is expecting. I will anxiously be awaiting the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    A very enjoyable book!!

    "Rattled" was a book I could not put down. The story is fun and you can't wait to get to the next page to see what Christine has to say about her new life with a baby.
    This is a book that you have to buy if you have had a child or want one.
    I also enjoyed it because Christine likes to shop in big brand name stores and has to cut back now on her big spending because she has a baby with no child support and an appt to pay for.
    I loved this book and was actually sad when I finished it. I wish it continued for a few more chapters.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Entertaining!

    This was definitely an entertaining book! Coppa takes you through all the ups and downs throughout her pregnancy and a little bit after her son is born. I have to say that my favorite section is after her son is born...there are moments she shares that really warm your heart (like when her Jack smiles for the first time). My one complaint are the more-than-a-few references she had during pregnancy about her size. Her complaints about being 150 lbs (God forbid!) and in a size large during her last trimester are not going to sit well with a lot of women, I think, ha. I think she could have expressed her distaste of her own size without giving exact numbers =) Overall, though, the I really liked the book and just passed it on to a friend for her to read.

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