PUBLISHER: Beyond the Page Publishing
GENRES: Women's, contemporary
There isn't anything funny about pregnancy complications. But when Amy Sprenger talks about her experience in and out of the hospital while a baby is incubating in her belly, it's non-stop laughter. With witty dialogue and amusing side-remarks, Amy turns a nightmarish nine months into a hilarious tale of love and family.
As the first place winner of the 2013 Shirley You Jest competition, there is no doubt that Baby Bumps is funny. Amy starts the book wearing a "knocked up" T-shirt and spends most of the book with her pants down and her legs spread... on the exam table, that is. Somehow, she manages to takes her readers through an in-depth explanation of cervix incompetency and surgery procedures, all the while maintaining her laugh-out-loud humor.
Personally, I found the book difficult to keep reading. After the first few chapters, the plot didn't seem to be going anywhere, and I wasn't particularly concerned about the outcome. But the humor kept me reading, and when I got to the last page I found myself smiling and satisfied. I wouldn't recommend the book to absolutely everyone, but it's a hilarious and heartwarming ride for the right readership.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone getting ready to have a baby, or with a loved one who is pregnant. But if you're squeamish about pregnancy, get ready for squeam. The book is geared towards a mature adult audience.
4 out of 5 stars
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Amy R. Biddle, co-founder and senior editor at Underground Book Reviews, was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has since made a living on the great blue sea. The Atheist's Prayer, her debut novel, will be published on February 28thg by Perfect Edge Books. You can visit her at www.amyrbiddle.com.