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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Mti Rep edition (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307948560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307948564
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Being a working mom, I immediately thought that this book would appeal to me... but it seemed to miss the mark at just about every turn.

Kate, the main bread-winner in her family, works an obscene amount of hours, leaving the house before her kids have eaten breakfast and not getting home until after they are asleep. All day she agonizes over her work-life balance yet never seems to do anything to adjust it. Constantly pulled away from the home on business trips to other countries, Kate seems to have chosen her work-life over her home-life, to the point that she fantasizes about having an affair with an American client.

Have you ever heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too"? That is how I felt about Kate... you can't expect to have kids and NOT give up some part of your life. Having obviously chosen her career over her family, it drove me crazy when Kate suddenly has an epiphany, when her kids are 6-years-old and 2-years-old, that she is throwing away her life with her children. It takes her husband leaving, her nanny falling ill and her assistant becoming the office 'joke' before she puts her life priorities straight. Immediately my thought was, "Really?!?! You wasted SIX YEARS of your relationship with your daughter and NOW you decide to be a 'Mom'"... Ugg.

Overall, this book was too unrealistic for me. It could be that my feelings on the whole work vs. family thing are a little too strong, but, as a mother, you will ALWAYS put your children first... ALWAYS!!
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I found this book to be humorous in some parts but it wasn't enough to really engage me in the story. I appreciated the over all theme of this novel but found the writing itself to be unclear and the sentence fragments extremely distracting while trying to read forward. Overall, it moved too slow for my taste but this book wasn't awful either. I'd still recommend it.
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This is a very well written book that as a borderline middle age women I can wholly relate to every experience the main character go through, for every working mother or step mother this is life. Allison Pearson brings to life the everyday mundane and not so mundane rat race of child care, overworking hour's guilt, extended family issues, financial worries, discrimination and sexual frustration that every working mom deals with day in and day out.

Allison Pearson has covered all bases here, Kate, like so many career oriented women are spread so thin across the board that I defy any woman to read this and not relate to at least five issues Kate deals with. It brought some humor to my life and made me realize what is really important. I personally laughed more than a dozen times as Kate pounds her way through life's daily problems. She tries to find an solution for every problem, although sometimes the answers are unorthodox, there is always a tiny bit of silver lining peeking out of the cloud to be grabbed.

As Kate tries to find the delicate balance of a career in high finance, motherhood, friend and wife. She shows not only to herself what is really important to her but what really is important in life. Kate discovers through all her mishaps that staying on top off all the so called priority lists are not such a high priority after all. Keeping up with the neighbors and having an air of complete organization is harder in life than on paper, as she makes lists of things to be done and never really crossing anything off the list in the end she concludes that she really just needs to reassess her lifestyle that she tried to live and live the lifestyle that she can live.
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My short list of recommendations of new literature is rather predictable: "My Fractured Life" (RENT-generation book of hope, glory and despair as a modern version of "Catcher in the Rye"); "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" (uplifting modern version of "It's a Wonderful Life"); "The Secret Life of Bees" (an uplifting story of racial equality and spiritual healing of a young girl coming of age in the South); and "The Lovely Bones" (life observed from the view of a girl who has been murdered). Right on the cusp though is this more nontraditional book, "I Don't Know How She Does It". "I Don't Know How She Does It" makes a strong statement and in a beautiful voice. It is both funny and sincere, much like the quick wit of "My Fractured Life". It may be an untraditional choice for a must read recommendation, but it sincerely ranks along side the other outstanding ones.
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Yes, the book is humorous. Yes, the writing is, for the most part, intelligent. But Kate Reddy is just plain impossible to love (or even like). She is whiny, selfish, critical, and prone to martyrdom. I expected the heroine to be one I related to. Instead, I just wanted to slap her.
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By Jill on July 11 2004
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I expected this to be a comical romp, instead I found a wonderful novel that made my heart ache with compassion and understanding. Of course, there were laugh-out-loud moments, but interwoven was a very true thing. Those reviewers who just didn't get it, have simply never known the joys and pains of motherhood and how they swirl about in a career world. Having worked full-time as an executive with baby #1, and then on to full-time mom for baby #2, I've seen both sides of the coin and Ms. Pearce nails it, perhaps at times in a caricature kind of way, but nonetheless heartbreakingly with truth. This is a book I will recommend to other moms, but would not recommend to a man...because I just don't know how he would get it.
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