The Plot (from Goodreads):
Jude Andrews is famous. Well, at least on Instagram. Her brand is clean eating, good vibes, Pilates, and casually looking like a sun-kissed goddess. In real life, however, she’s a total disaster. She has a strained relationship with her fame-hungry mom and her latest bad decision emptied out her entire savings account.
Lauren Turner had a plan: graduate medical school and become the top surgeon in the country. But when she became unexpectedly pregnant, those plans changed. And when her fiancé left her, they changed again. Now navigating the new world of coparenting, mom groups, and dating, she decides to launch a mommy podcast with all the advice she wishes someone had given her.
Jude and Lauren don’t have much in common, but maybe that’s why they’ve been best friends since the third grade. Through ups and downs, they’ve been by each other’s sides. But now? They’re broke, single, and do the only thing that makes sense–move in together, just like they talked about when they were teenagers. Except when they were younger, the plan didn’t include a five-year-old daughter and more baggage than their new townhouse can hold.
I really loved this beautiful story about female friendship and motherhood. Lauren and Jude have been friends since childhood, and have been there for each other through all kinds of ups and downs. When life finds both of them at a low point, they decide to move in together to help each other get back on track.
Lauren’s daughter Addy was the highlight of the whole book for me. She was witty and goofy, extremely smart and a budding feminist. Even though I don’t yet have children, I imagine the relationship between Lauren and Addy is extremely relatable.
Both main characters exhibited impressive personal growth throughout this book. Many readers will find aspects of their own lives reflected back at them through this story, whether flattering or not.
This is definitely a read I would recommend, and not just for moms!
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