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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  108,447 ratings  ·  3,057 reviews
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes...a baby carriage? Isn't that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: o ...more
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Published May 15th 2007 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nicole
I loved Giffin's first two books, Something Borrowed and Something Blue, so I had high hopes for this book. Instead I was left with a resentful disappointment.

Firstly, why is it that novels set in NYC have to be gushing odes to the city? This book name drops worse than a D-lister trying to get into a hot Hollywood club. Restaurants, street names, the Brooklyn Bridge - there's even a paragraph devoted to the skyline post-9/11. WE GET IT. THE BOOK IS SET IN NEW YORK.

The plot is ludicrous, formulai
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Jennifer
Oct 19, 2007 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Singletons
Shelves: chicklit
I have mixed feelings about this book.

I had picked this up as the third novel by Ms. Giffin, having already read her first two ( Something Borrowed, Something Blue). All the characters in her books seem to be somewhat interrelated, and the back cover looked interesting, especially since I, like the heroine, am a thirty-something woman exceedingly tired of being asked when I will have children. Like Katherine Hepburn, I suspect I am just far too selfish to make a decent mother, and I think it s
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Melissa
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Qiana
I'm only a few pages in and I'm hooked. This woman is me, plain and simple. I'm sitting here wondering when Emily Griffin found the time to sit down and write a book all about me. I'm really hoping the main character doesn't sell out in the end to garner the mass-appeal of chick-lit readers. If she does, I might have to swear off Ms. Griffin for good. So far, though, she understands me, which lets me know that there are other women out there who feel exactly the way I do about the prospect of ha ...more
Stephanie
Yet another Emily Giffin novel, and I think it was okay for the most part. The thing I HATE about Giffin as a writer is she makes a really interesting, difficult scenario that makes you sympathize with her characters, and then she can't think of how to solve the moral dilemma, so near the end of her books she pulls something COMPLETELY horrible, whether it's a cliché plot development or a seriously erroneous logical argument for making her characters change motives (an anti-feminist/anti-individ ...more
Tamara Evans
Usually, I tend to shy away from books in the chick lit genre. When I saw "Baby Proof" on the shelf, I was instantly drawn to this book for some reason. After reading the book jacket, I knew this was definitely going to be an interesting read to say the least.
Claudia and Ben are the perfect couple...at least to everyone around them anyway. Claudia is a successful book editor and Ben is a successful architect who are both enjoying their married childfree life. Although they both agreed in the da
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Carrie
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Erin
This is one of the WORST books I have ever read. Please do not torture yourself.
Brenda
Este libro está escrito para mí. Es como si alguien dijera voy a escribir la vida de Brenda en unos 15 años en el futuro...

Podia reconocerme en muchas de las facetas de la protagonista, daba miedo.

ME ENCANTA que se haya tocado un tema que casi nadie toca. Que es el simple hecho de no querer tener hijos, NUNCA.

Con esta sociedad machista, si una mujer no tiene un hijo no tiene nada.
La gente piensa que es antinatural. Porque "claro" una mujer para que esta hecha no? Incluso he escuchado a gente mu
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Debi
I was curious to read this book as I myself have made the choice not to have children. So the premise of the book intrigued me - woman doesn't want children, has trouble finding man that feels the same, finally meets said-man and marries expecting happily-ever-after, then bombshelf of mind-changing happens.
The idea of discovering after marriage that your spouse does or doesn't want children when you feel the opposite is not a good thing and should definitely be a discussion BEFORE saying "I do"
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Liisa
It's quite a brave topic to tackle - women who don't want children. In this day and age, I think it's almost the last taboo. But it is the topic that author Emily Giffin addresses in "Baby Proof".

Knowing that the story would focus on this issue, I worried it would end up being black and white with a watered down and easily digestible ending but Emily Giffin kept to her usual high standard as I read my way through a messy, emotional, complicated and realistic story.

Despite such a sensitive and e
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Cherie
D This book reminded me of why I don't like chick lit -- unrealistic expensive Manhattan lifestyles obsession with finding love partner. Anyway, this seemed more promising -- a woman finds a man who also doesn't want kids (yay! Perfect for me--like T!) and then he changes his mind, and the whole drama. An ending to gag over.
A.gasior
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Amy
Aug 11, 2007 Amy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vacationers
Shelves: fiction

The plot is completely unbelievable - are we supposed to believe the so called perfect couple gets divorced after what seems to be about 2 weeks of arguing about having a baby? Then is it possible that most of the people around the wife are having child issues (kids keeping someone in a bad marriage, not being able to conceive, conceiving with a married boyfriend) at the same time? It's insulting to the readers intelligence... and that is what makes it the perfect beach read. If that is what you
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Aleah
As I've read and enjoyed each of Emily Giffin's other books, I fully expected to enjoy this book. It was definitely not the case. Most of Giffin's characters are smart, educated, professional women; they are also strong - in that they don't necessarily fall full-force into a stereotypical "I'll compromise my goals and ideals in order to keep a man." In fact, even though her protagonist in "Heart of the Matter" decides to take her cheating husband back, Giffin still manages to paint the wronged w ...more
Amy
I loved the first two Emily Griffins I read -- and -- but this is by far my favorite. I am a book crier, this is true, but when I was tearing up a few chapters in, I thought, "Dang! She's good!" The novel is very realistic, and there were moments when I laughed to myself, "That is so true! I wish someone had told me that BEFORE I got married!" This really captures the emotions and desperation of that awkward stage that happens the first time you seriously realize -- as in the first time your par ...more
Jenallen74
Another complex, well-characterized novel from Emily Giffin. It's as good as the first two books of hers that I read, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

I love how Giffin goes straight for the moral gray area, presenting characters who face some of the most difficult personal-choice dilemmas of our modern age -- situations ripe for strong opinions and discussion. I always find myself identifying with the protagonist and asking, "What would I do I were in her situation?" or, "If I were her be
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Larissa Sampaio
Divertido e cativante! queria muito saber logo o final!
Sarah
I read this book because I had heard about it from my baby boards. I did not read Giffin's other 2 books. I was pregnant at the time and wanted a funny and light read. I didn't like it much. I thought it was extremely shallow and I found it strange that the characters go from having a great marriage to divorce. It makes it sound like divorce is a quick,easy answer when you don't get your way. I thought the ending was too sugary sweet and fake.
Teryl
I loved Emily's first 2 books, but I had a hard time with this one. I think I was having a hard time with the main character. I didn't sympathize with her at all and was actually rooting for the husband more than her.
Shaifali
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Diane A Brown
Deciding early in life not to be a mother, invited a myriad of confrontations…

Even as a little girl, Claudia’s decision was very clear. When she played dolls with her sisters, she only wanted to be an aunt, so she could move on to more exciting pursuits. In later years, discovering boys didn’t change her mind. When her high school prom night rolled around, the number of children she wished for was a firm zero.

Claudia, now in her thirties, is a well known book editor in New York City. Her person
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Valerie B
Out of all the books Emily Giffin has written this one is my favorite. I can relate to it the most. I don't want children until I am in my very late twenties/early thirties. I am told constantly by women that I am selfish for this. Is it really THAT horrible that I want to finish traveling/enjoy my career/pay off car or owe less money on home before having a child? And besides, I want to be able to tell my children about my life experiences rather than not having any to draw on when said child i ...more
Ameena
Because someone once told me that Emily Giffin’s books are formulaic, fluffy, and devoid of any real plot, I’ve avoided them. But I was looking for a light pick-me-up last week, found Baby Proof at the library, and after being captivated from the very first page, I finished this book in 2 days flat.

I don’t recall who told me to avoid Emily Giffin’s books, but whoever you are, you have bad taste in books!

Anyway, this is the story of 35-year-old Claudia – a successful editor, a loyal sister, and
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Clare
This was my first foray into audiobooks (checked out from the library for the long Thanksgiving drive), and I can't say it was entirely successful. I'm sure the cliche-ridden tale of Ben and Claudia's courtship, marriage and break-up would have been painful to read, but hearing it in Christine Marshall's gushing, sing-song delivery made it even more so. I eventually sort of got used to the terrible delivery (Do all audiobook readers do voices for the different characters? And if so, are all of t ...more
Love Fool
From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

Women who don't want children? Are they monsters? That's how society makes us feel if you don't want babies. I was like that for awhile... slightly still am (I rather have dogs than babies) so maybe that's why I enjoyed this book, because I was able to relate to the main character. However, I gave it four stars because Claudia a
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Emanuella
Става. Щом се разпознаваш в нечии истории, няма как да не ти е приятно, докато четеш. Завършва с хепи енд и си казваш, че такова нещо има само в книгите и във филмите, но твърде рядко в живота. Размечтаваш се с надеждата някой ден истинската любов да спечели емоционалната битка.
Kelly
I keep bouncing between giving this a 3 star review or a 4 star review. I liked it a lot, mainly because it's a smart chick lit novel that tackles a hard issue. I liked that it explored the possibility that someone could change their mind about their decision to (not) have children, but beyond that how individuals can change and how it affects their relationships. I liked that it showed the demise of a couple and how sometimes love isn't enough. And I liked the redemptive quality that it had at ...more
Desislava
This book is terrrible, horrible, awful, hideous and abominable. Not to mention that it's too boring and have no action.

The protagonist is Claudia Parr, a woman in her 30's who doesn't want children and never has. Claudia has had a difficult time finding a partner due to the lack of maternal gene but a few years before the events of the book takes place she met Ben, her prince charming, who is like her in every way - including having no interest in becoming a parent.

Ben is seriously one of the
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Courtney
I always forget that despite being chick lit, Emily Giffin's books are truly a delight. Her writing is wonderful and captivating and her characters have major depth. I'm never quite sure how the story will end and I'm always struck emotionally by her work. Baby Proof was no different. Claudia was a very relatable character for any woman who has ever questioned the desire to have children one day and her reflections on being a child of divorced parents hit very close to home. It was honestly one ...more
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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with ...more
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