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It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
It Sucked and Then I Cried How I Had a Baby a Breakdown and a Much Needed Margarita
Author: Heather Armstrong
An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood - from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web, dooce.comHeather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby: beer, small boobs, free time -- a...  more
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ISBN-13: 9781439171509
ISBN-10: 1439171505
Publication Date: 3/23/2010
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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As someone who has been blogging since 1996, I have been following Armstrong and her web site since its humble beginning in 2001. That said, I really wanted to like this book. I waited and waited and waited for something to capture me; I even put it down for a few days, hoping to pick it up and have an "a-ha" moment. That didn't happen. For anyone who read Armstrong's entries surrounding her daughter's birth and her own eventual stay in a mental hospital, this material will seem like a hard copy of those very entries. Armstrong can write, no doubt about it. However, I was disappointed by her first attempt at a stand-alone memoir. Also, the humor felt a bit forced. She can deliver one-liners and zingers with the best of them but I expected something more substantial.

I recommend reading her old blog entries or checking out the book via your local library, as the $16 could be better spent elsewhere. This book is not her best writing or effort. Also, if you find yourself offended by profanity, multiple references to POOP, and breast talk--this isn't the book for you.
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Eh, this is a so-so read about the author's pregnancy and experience as a new mother.

While I appreciated the candor about her postpartum depression, I couldn't get past her juvenile attitude. Her end-of-chapter letters to her daughter could have been sweet and funny, but she sprinkled in a lot of profanity and drug references. Really - who does that?! She constantly ripped on her family & upbringing and relayed ways she antagonized them. If I ever met the author, I think I'd have to fight the urge to shake her and tell her to grow up.


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