Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Book Review → Why Mummy Drinks

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had...

I picked this book up at Tesco when I was on a mummy date with an old friend and thought the premise of it seemed quite entertaining and couldn't resist. I'd never heard of Gill Simms before and didn't know she had a popular facebook blog named Peter and Jane so I went into it with no expectations, just a hope for a fun and relatable read and that's what I got. I know this book gets a lot of mixed reviews from people that are and aren't parents but in my opinion, it's all just a bit of light-hearted fun and is quite obviously written in a satire way so not to be taken too seriously. It may not be everyone's glass of wine, but as an exhausted new mum, I absolutely loved it!

Told in a diary form from Ellen, a middle-class working mum of two, this book details her everyday life from taking the kids to school and wading her way through the 'coven' of overly perfect yummy mummies to struggling with her impossibly recalcitrant children, her tech loving husband that avoids his parental duties whenever possible and her ever growing collection of relatives that drive her up the wall to the point that she drinks herself silly at any opportunity. It's an over exaggerated and brutally honest outlook on the crazy ride that is motherhood and gave me a lot of Bridget Jones' Diary feels which I really enjoyed. 

Ellen's ridiculously hippy relatives that come to stay with her over Christmas provided most of the laugh out loud moments for me as reading about their spiritual nature loving antics and how they allowed their youngest kids to poo wherever they pleased - whether that be on the living room carpet or in their garden shed - was a real giggle fest. I also really related to her visions of how she wanted her daily activities with her family to go and how the reality of it didn't measure up in the slightest. A lot of the events throughout the book hit close to home and were incredibly relatable, despite her amplified chaotic version of them. 

I have to admit that at times Ellen did irritate me with her over use of swearing and the outdated phrase 'FML', alongside constant whining about her life which came across as privileged during most of the book but considering it's meant to be like her personal diary, I got over it and remembered that everyone has parts of their lives they moan about, no matter where they come from. The way she describes her marriage with 'Gadget Twat' also came across quite unhealthy at the beginning which I found unnecessary but I tried to view it as how an exhausted wife would report it in her diary, similar to how most wives in the real world over-exaggerate about their husband's irritating habits to their friends over a big glass of wine. And it does become evident that she adores him in her own way.

Overall, the book is not without it's flaws, as with any book, but it was still a light-hearted and entertaining read that I would definitely recommend to any parents out there that want to feel like they aren't alone in the madness.

What are your opinions on Why Mummy Drinks? Did you love or hate it? Let me know!


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