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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Meternity by Meghann Foye
Published by Mira on April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women, Humorous, Women's Fiction
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Not quite knocked up…
Like everyone in New York media, editor Liz Buckley runs on cupcakes, caffeine and cocktails. But at thirty-one, she's plateaued at Paddy Cakes, a glossy baby magazine that flogs thousand-dollar strollers to entitled, hypercompetitive spawn-havers.
Liz has spent years working a gazillion hours a week picking up the slack for coworkers with kids, and she's tired of it. So one day when her stress-related nausea is mistaken for morning sickness by her bosses—boom! Liz is promoted to the mommy track. She decides to run with it and plans to use her paid time off to figure out her life: work, love and otherwise. It'll be her "meternity" leave.
By day, Liz rocks a foam-rubber belly under fab maternity outfits. By night, she dumps the bump for karaoke nights and boozy dinners out. But how long can she keep up her charade…and hide it from the guy who might just be The One?
As her "due date" approaches, Liz is exhausted—and exhilarated—by the ruse, the guilt and the feelings brought on by a totally fictional belly-tenant…about happiness, success, family and the nature of love.
Meternity is about the lengths a person will go to, to make their dreams come true. Liz is tired of seeing all of the mommies at work get to leave early and have a relaxing time off after the baby is born. She decides to fake a pregnancy and use her maternity leave to fulfill her dreams of traveling and being a travel writer. Unfortunately, being on the mommy tack is not as easy as it originally seemed and when she meets a man that may be the one, Liz will have to make some serious choices.
I feel like I have read this plot before (The Thin Pink Line). A women perpetuating a lie to get ahead and then hijinks and misunderstandings ensue, is a “chick-lit” standard. I did enjoy the writing of Meghann Foye, it was quick and sharp. There were some very funny moments sprinkled about and it made the standard plot a step above the norm. The pacing had some very slow and some very fast sections, but it all averaged out in the end. The world built was secondary to the characters, and while it was laid out, it was not super detailed. There were plenty of emotions in Meternity, selfishness being the number one. I could not really connect with the characters but they were well fleshed out and worked well together within the scope of the story that Foye created.
Meternity was a quick read that while fun, was also frustrating. I understand wanting to live your life to the fullest and achieve your dreams, but the way the main character, Liz, went about it just rubbed me the wrong way. I know this was supposed to be a light romp, but she accepted gifts at a baby shower, preferential treatment at work and consistently lied to her dream man, and everyone around her. Meternity was a decent read and I know others who loved it, it was just not my favorite.
Favorite lines – It might take a miracle, but if you just jump right in, and you’re honest about your wishes, eventually things will work themselves out in ways that you never could have expected.
Biggest cliché – But I want it!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge