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Baby Proof

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  93,805 ratings  ·  2,926 reviews
Baby Proof

Emily Griffin

A novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

Claudia Parr has everything going for her. A successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan, she's also a devoted sister, aunt, and friend. Yet she's never wanted to become a mother--which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she despe...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 13th 2006)
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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...more
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...more
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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
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 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...more
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This is one of the WORST books I have ever read. Please do not torture yourself.
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...more
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.
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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"...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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.
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.
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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
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...more
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
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.
After reading the reviews on this website, I almost didn't read this book. A lot of people hated the main character, hated the ending of the book and thought it paled in comparison to Something Borrowed and Something Blue. But my husband bought it for me for Christmas and I felt like I had to read it. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I liked Claudia and can appreciate her struggle. (Plus how cool is her job? To be a book editor and get to read for a living!!!)The decision not to h...more
Don't bother; snobby, irritating and whiny Claudia finally meets soul-mate Ben, who like herself does not want to have children. Ever. But then after several years of a passionate and satisfying marriage, Ben has a change of mind. So, after a few sharp words, Claudia is on the move and files for divorce. But she misses Ben so much that she sees him with a woman friend (a DOCTOR!) and assumes that they are dating, and later are engaged. Angrily, she totes along her handsome new boyfriend (who not...more
Maddi Baum
Baby Proof is about a married couple, Claudia and Ben, who have decided that they don't want children. This factor in their relationship is very important to both of them, and both of them have been waiting their whole lives to meet someone who wants a life without children as well. However, after Claudia's sister has her third child and their best friends Ray and Annie have a child, Ben begins to have second thoughts. When he shares his thoughts without Claudia, she is outraged and refuses to...more
Now, the book had a very promising beginning. The main character, Claudia, happily married to Ben, is no fan of children, has never been and isn't planning on changing that. Ben seemed to agree until one not so beautiful day he decides he wants children after all. So, what to do when a couple cannot agree on a such major, life-changing issue?

An ept author could build a fascinating story from here. A story of struggling, suffering, thinking, talking.. Unfortunately, Emily Giffin doesn't even try....more
Angela Shrum
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Nov 03, 2009 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women 20-35
This book is my favorite Emily Giffin book to date. As I started reading, there were moments when I couldn't help but roll my eyes, as with the last two books. BUT... then I asked myself, exactly why do I keep reading? I think that answer is that Giffin's books are full of characters that consistently make choices that I myself would never make, and something in that intrigues me. That, and, her writing on New York and all its haunts take me back to the time when I lived there, so much to a poin...more
Proving once again that women's fiction isn't necessarily trite and clichéd, Emily Giffin takes us on a thoughtful journey with her protagonist, Claudia Parr.

A successful book editor married to the man of her dreams, Claudia has it all. She and Ben want the same things and almost think the same thoughts. And while their choice of a child-free life sometimes stirs up controversy amongst friends and associates, they (mostly) move along on their chosen pathway with nary a blip on the radar.

Then 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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“You can't quantify love, and if you try, you can end up focusing on misleading factors. Stuff that really has more to do with personality-the fact that some people are simply more expressive or emotional or needy in a relationship. But beyond such smokescreens, the answer is there. Love is seldom-almost never-an even proposition.” 107 likes
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