I picked this up years ago not knowing it was the sequel to Notes From The Underbelly. I'm not a huge fan of chick-lit so when I read and really liked Notes I noted it in my head and picked this up when I saw it.
Unlike most of the sequels coming out today, this is the kind that deserves to come out IMO. I was pleasantly suprised when I learned exactly what it was even though I read Notes so long ago that I couldn't remember much.
My younger sister read this before me, a few weeks ago, and after hearing a little about it I was somewhat worried that I wouldn't like it. I think I'm half mommunist. I've loved Julia from the second I knew I was carrying her. I still watch her, at almost 5 years old, with wonder every day. I loved the entire pregnancy, even the kind of crappy parts and I loved giving birth. Can't wait to do it again matter of fact. So, when my sister told me some of the main characters feelings on being a Mommy I was timid to say the least. I am glad I stuck with it though - although my sister represented it fairly this is a perfect example of how someone can assume something totally different than what it actually is.
Even with all I said above about Julia I can still understand Lara's points. Babies do sit there like lumps - especially if you don't know what to look for. Babies are hard work, you do miss your old life, etc.
Risa Green did an awesome job of letting her readers form their own opinions while still being able to relate. Andrew was the perfect husband character and I couldn't stand the nanny. I think because of two things, one is that I can't stand when someone refers to themselves in the third person and the second is that if someone tried to compete with me for my daughters love and attention they'd never see her again. But, I'm not one of those readers who hates a book because I hated a character - I think it's awesome that she brought up such strong feelings in me - no matter what way they leaned. The supporting characters were great - everyone knows a Susan - I know I do.
The whole situation with Lara's Dad and Nadine was a fantastic twist - I wasn't expecting it to turn out the way it did somehow. I'm still thinking about Lara and Nadine's relationship actually.
I don't know if Green has any other books but she's one chick-lit author I'll always keep my eye out for.