A few weeks ago I heard one of my favorite bloggers, Reality Steve, interview Jenny McCarthy. Other than knowing a few things she had starred in, I didn’t know a lot about her or her career, yet she was very funny open and personable on the interview. So I decided to give her book, Belly Laughs – Anniversary 10th Editon, a try.
I had some early trouble getting into thw book. The opening few chapters made it seem like she was trying to hard to be funny which felt awkward. However, her story about how she went from paying people to write papers for her in college (I’m not sure if that is hyperbole or not) to being a proud author and other sweet and real moments had me seeing more things through her eyes and finding them both amusing and relatable to things I and/or other pregnant women I knew had gone through.
Antecdores about crying at commercials, finding condiments by themselves a good food choice, wild mood swings, not finding any comfortable maternity clothes that weren’t incredibly expensive, hideous or both, were all highlights I remember vividly and relate at least in part to things I or those I know have gone through. Even her story about buying a bed that was like concrete in order to sleep and how as a result her husband couldn’t sleep, while over the top was amusing and relatable.
Ironically while the book subtitle mentions pregnancy and delivery, the labor is the shortest part of the book. While it was amusing and plausible that she’d get a blowout before going into the hospital, more time spent on that and even the labor and a few days after giving birth would have really rounded out the book.
Rating – four baby booties out of five