Saturday, May 20, 2017

ARC Review: Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

Confessions of a Domestic FailureFrom the blurb:

There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. 
When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she's always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop? 
With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley's story reminds moms that there's no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

Heather's rating:

As a long-time follower of Bunmi Laditan on Facebook, I knew more or less what to expect with Confessions of a Domestic Failure. If you are new to Bunmi's writing, you're in for a treat. Bunmi is refreshingly honest and funny, and although this book is a work of fiction, it mirrors her personal sentiments about the ridiculous expectations of motherhood and how the race to be the "perfect mom" is the biggest crock of all.

Confessions of a Domestic Failure is about the type of mom that I was (cough, cough, *am*) when my babies were younger. Basically, it's about a hot mess of a mom who loves her baby fiercely, but is so sleep deprived and so zombie-like that she can't seem to remember which way her pants go on in the morning (aka, night... because, you know, she slept in those same pants).

This book is funny, so funny and so like my own experiences that I wanted to laugh, cry, and cringe all at the same time. It is a combo motherhood solidarity book and a comedy of errors, and I think that it will really hit home with all of the overworked, exhausted, lonely, smart moms out there. I got exactly what the author was doing with this story, and I was pumped to go along for the ride.

Truth be told, I think I would have liked this story even more if I wasn't so familiar already with the author. A lot of the book sounds like stuff that Bunmi talks about on a daily basis, which is great (and I love her for it), but it wasn't as much of that "new" or a surprise factor for me.

Still, I love Bunmi's voice and I think she should absolutely keep cranking out these types of stories. Moms, like myself, will eat them right up.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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