Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Book Review: Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
Author: Bunmi Laditan
Source: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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.
This book cracked me up! Laugh out loud funny in places, there are times I could totally and definitely relate to Ashley, as all my own failed Pinterest projects will testify to.
Ashley is a wonderful mother - she is attentive, she loves her baby with all her being, she devotes much of her life to her, but like some moms, doesn't feel that she is doing a good enough job. She feels that she is not a perfect mom - she doesn't make her own baby food, she wasn't able to breast feed, her home is usually a bit of a mess, and Ashley wants it all, that big picture perfect shining example of motherhood. When her favorite mom icon has a Motherhood Boot Camp, with a grand prize of $100,000 she is ecstatic at having been chosen to participate. Each week has a theme that the chosen moms focus on, from hobbies to husbands to work outs to finding their mommy tribe to home design and decor. Ashley does her best, but her efforts don't seem to measure up as well against her fellow moms. In the end, Ashley realizes that no one is perfect, and that although she can't craft her way into her own Etsy store, she is a wonderful mother. I loved Ashley's evolution throughout this book, from losing herself to the ideal of what a perfect mom is, to finding her own voice and fully embracing her strengths, and gaining self-confidence.