Larger Than Life

by Adele Parks | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 0743457609 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingBkind2bookswing of Clarksville, Tennessee USA on 10/23/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingBkind2bookswing from Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, October 23, 2008
From Friends of Library sale

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Georgie met Hugh during her first year at university and knew that he was the man for her. Unfortunately, it took Hugh one marriage and two children to decide that she was the one for him. Georgie spent the intervening years transforming herself for the momentous occasion, but now she is no longer the svelte woman making a splash in advertising and living the high life in London because she's pregnant, moody, and, unforgivably, gaining weight. Her friends are falling by the wayside because they don't understand the vagaries of pregnancy, while her sympathy for Hugh's wife is increasing. Hugh, however, is not turning out to be the ideal domestic partner. His life continues to be the same while Georgie deals with the coming baby without much support. An array of interesting, very British characters adds to the flavor of the story, making for a Bridget Jones meets motherhood scenario in Parks' fun and funny ode to motherhood in modern London.

Journal Entry 2 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Friday, February 20, 2015
I've had this for some time and finally got around to reading it. It was not the fluffy chick-lit book that I had originally envisioned. The plot revolves around George (Georgina) who finds herself accidentally pregnant. She finds it terribly inconvenient and spends the first part of her pregnancy bemoaning her loss of shape. But she finally falls in love with her bump and enjoys the experience. She, at least, grows up in the course of the book. The ending is telegraphed but that does not lessen the enjoyment. I did not care for the character of Hugh - he is, in the words of another character, a total prat. It takes George WAY too long to come to the realization that he is the failure, not her. This book was good, but it was a slow read for me. I never seemed to get invested in the characters - more like, wanted to shake them and wake them up.

One quote to remember:

It is the most overwhelming experience I've ever had. It consumes my every waking moment, and, actually, a fair amount of my sleeping moments, too. I have so much to say about being a mum that I am always tempted to stay silent. It's an amalgamation of a zillion squabbling emotions: joy, rapture, satisfaction, fear, guilt, wonder, relief, worry. Especially worry....sometimes I want to collapse with the weight of my fears and responsibilities. I want to crawl under the duvet and let someone else take over....I can't, and besides which I only want to look at her and I'm...renewed. She's my reason to live, but more than that she's everybody's reason to live, even for those people who have no idea of her existence. She is the future.

Journal Entry 3 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (6/27/2020 UTC) at Clarksville, Tennessee USA


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Journal Entry 4 by Chicvolley99 at Denver, Colorado USA on Thursday, July 02, 2020
Received from Bkind2books. Thank you so much!

Released 4 wks ago (7/16/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library #17204 - 1212 Mariposa St. in Denver, Colorado USA


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