Not quite knocked up
Like everyone in New York media, editor Liz Buckley runs on cupcakes, caffeine and cocktails. But at thirty-one, she's plateaued at Paddy Cakes, a glossy baby magazine that flogs thousand-dollar strollers to entitled, hypercompetitive spawn-havers.
Liz has spent years working a gazillion hours a week picking up the slack for coworkers with kids, and she's tired of it. So one day when her stress-related nausea is mistaken for morning sickness by her bossesboom! Liz is promoted to the mommy track. She decides to run with it and plans to use her paid time off to figure out her life: work, love and otherwise. It'll be her "meternity" leave.
By day, Liz rocks a foam-rubber belly under fab maternity outfits. By night, she dumps the bump for karaoke nights and boozy dinners out. But how long can she keep up her charade and hide it from the guy who might just be The One?
As her "due date" approaches, Liz is exhaustedand exhilaratedby the ruse, the guilt and the feelings brought on by a totally fictional belly-tenant about happiness, success, family and the nature of love.
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Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Liz is a single woman in her 30s and has watched her peers go down the mommy lane and she has watched them take maternity leave and has been left behind to pick up the pieces they leave while on "vacation." Through a coincidence some co workers think that Liz is pregnant and she decides to go with it and instead of a maternity she will take a meternity and some time for herself! I loved this plot. If you are new here, I am happily married with three dogs and may not go down the kid route. I see at my job folks go down the kid road and take maternity leave, BUT I am well aware that maternity is not a vacation and then the balance of work and home life is crazy. SO I loved this book as it was a different plot that I had never read before. I loved the honesty in the whole story.
Meternity is about the lengths a person will go to, to make their dreams come true. Liz is tired of seeing all of the mommies at work get to leave early and have a relaxing time off after the baby is born. She decides to fake a pregnancy and use her maternity leave to fulfill her dreams of traveling and being a travel writer. Unfortunately, being on the mommy tack is not as easy as it originally seemed and when she meets a man that may be the one, Liz will have to make some serious choices. I feel like I have read this plot before (The Thin Pink Line). A women perpetuating a lie to get ahead and then hijinks and misunderstandings ensue, is a “chick-lit” standard. I did enjoy the writing of Meghann Foye, it was quick and sharp. There were some very funny moments sprinkled about and it made the standard plot a step above the norm. The pacing had some very slow and some very fast sections, but it all averaged out in the end. The world built was secondary to the characters, and while it was laid out, it was not super detailed. There were plenty of emotions in Meternity, selfishness being the number one. I could not really connect with the characters but they were well fleshed out and worked well together within the scope of the story that Foye created. Meternity was a quick read that while fun, was also frustrating. I understand wanting to live your life to the fullest and achieve your dreams, but the way the main character, Liz, went about it just rubbed me the wrong way. I know this was supposed to be a light romp, but she accepted gifts at a baby shower, preferential treatment at work and consistently lied to her dream man, and everyone around her. Meternity was a decent read and I know others who loved it, it was just not my favorite. Original review @ 125Pages.com I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Meternity is one women's answer to getting her paid leave but not everything goes as planned! Liz Buckley is running low due to her high stressed job at a baby magazine and not getting the praise that she deserves until one day an idea pops into her head to be pregnant but not pregnant at the same time. As she tries to get through the days with her lie, it all comes crashing down at a party where everything seems to fall apart or so it seems. After everything goes down, Liz is at a much happier place in her life with a brighter future in store for her. I really liked this book and how Liz was able to keep a secret like this going for as long as she did. I could never do what Liz did but you kinda understand why she did it but I hope that this story doesn't end with this book just to see what happens in the future for Liz! This could be an excellent movie but only if they don't change anything with the script, just keep it like it is! Thank You to Meghann Faye for writing such a good novel that I really hope that this story continues in the future! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I received this book from the BookSparks April Showers Blog Tour.