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Little Earthquakes

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  78,814 Ratings  ·  2,398 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shoes comes a hilarious and warmhearted story of three young women who find friendship against the background of new motherhood.
Paperback, 557 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Pocket Star Books (first published 2004)
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Apr 09, 2008 Xeyra rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. I don't usually read chick-lit, not because I don't like it, but mostly because my usual literary tastes tend to other genres more often than not. It doesn't mean I won't sit down with a light read once in a while in-between other books, or that I'm not willing to read something that's outside my usual genre. I like to consider myself versatile in my readings.

So, I picked this book up for the YBS #8 at Bookrelay because I saw it on many wishlists and had added it to
Aug 22, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all woman
Recommended to Lori by: Tina
I have to be honest, I really didn't think that I would like this book even though I liked the author all ready. I just like to read about things that aren't my life. I'm a mom and I know what it's like to do raise a child by yourself or feel like you do anways and some of the other struggles that the woman face. So when I read I want to escape my life for that moment in time. This book has changed my mind about that. I read this book and I laughed and I cried and I got pissed off on some of the ...more
May 26, 2009 Preeti rated it really liked it
"Bye and bye, bye and bye,
the moon is half a lemon pie.
The mice who stole the other half
have scattered star-crums in the sky.
Bye and bye,
bye and bye,
my darling baby, don't you cry.
The moon is still above the hill.
The soft clouds gather in the sky"....
I've liked Weiner's other two novels, if only because she chooses to have the main character not be stunningly beautiful, tiny proportions etc. They seem real.I still think my favorite of Weiner's books is Good In Bed , but there was a lot that I liked about this book, too. Once again, the author has creater characters that oculd indeed be real. I'm so sick of chick lit books where the characters are perfect looking and fall for hunks of masculinity. Of sexual banter and tension that is a littl ...more
Nov 07, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing
Powerful to me during this period of my life. This author's way of intertwining lives and making you feel like you have a front row seat is just amazing. It was hard to be brought back to those early days with a baby and how it did shake up every essence of your life and marriage, but wonderful to have perspective. I enjoyed all of it and her amazing writing. I also liked how the ending felt real.
Jocelynne Broderick
Apr 30, 2008 Jocelynne Broderick rated it really liked it
I didn't give it 5 stars because the main character is typical of her other books...strong minded, insecure inside, wants to befriend everyone, etc etc.

I did like the detail she went into in the supporting cast though. She easily could have left them all sort of one-dimensional, but she gave them all real situations, real lives, real problems. And I like that.

I like that her main characters are sort of quick to judge others (other women mostly) but end up realizing that even though she had thes
Aug 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I'm surrounded by pregnant women, new mothers, and aspiring moms. Everywhere I turn, there's a picture of a belly or a copy of an ultrasound on facebook. At work, I hear the stories of morning sickness and misery from two pregnant co-workers. I spend much of my time planning programs and creating flannelboard figures for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I'm nowhere near the point of having a child of my own, but I'm barraged by the thought of them.

I picked up this book, not knowing what it w
Aug 05, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it
I don't read a lot of chick lit, but I have enjoyed Jennifer Weiner books in the past, and I was looking for a quick read. This book fulfilled that purpose, fortunately, or I may not have finished it.

This story is about three "very different women" who meet by chance at a prenatal yoga class and bond over the hardships of new motherhood. The first problem with the book: These women are not all that different. They are all well-to-do women with loving, supportive husbands (yes, even the one who c
Sep 07, 2011 Glorialaihuang rated it it was ok
So I deviated from my usual elitist book-selection method whereby I try to only read books with awards or accolades, and I read this book. Largely because it was sent to me free from Barnes & Noble. I had never heard anything about it, so was a little amused and surprised to find out it was basically full of pregnant characters. (Barnes & Noble, are you spying on me??) I was also surprised to discover that the author also wrote "In Her Shoes," which I frankly didn't even realize had been ...more
Stephanie Goodall
Jan 26, 2008 Stephanie Goodall rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New moms who actually have things under control enough to be able to read again
This is a great book for new moms who have a little distance from the challenge of those first few tough weeks/months. Even if it's fiction, it helps to see that it's hard for everyone at the beginning and that we all have reasons to count ourselves lucky. It's also a heartwarming story of how friendship can help us all weather lives storms.
Aug 13, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Little Earthquakes. Jennifer Weiner. 2004. Washington Square Press. 414 pages. ISBN 0743470109.

Little Earthquakes is the third novel by bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner. When I read Weiner's first novel Good in Bed (2001) several years ago, I knew she was going to be one of those authors (which for me includes Chuck Palahniuk and Tracy Chevalier among numerous others) who produces such amazing work that you just have to read everything they publish. In saying this, I am ashamed that
Little Earthquakes started with Lia who has come home leaving her husband and the glamorous life in Hollywood behind. She is not ready to fess up anything to her mother or anyone else and thinks about what happened as her fault. Then there is Kelly, Becky and Ayinde who meet in a prenatal yoga class and then Ayinde's water breaks from where Kelly and Becky take her to the hospital.

Becky is very happily married but then there is the issue of her mother-in-law Mimi who has the annoying habit of wa
Nov 26, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this for an online book group...who always seem to pick chick-lit. I stuffed down the last hundred or so pages, and I'll admit that a book like this is slightly easier to humour if you read it all in one go rather than stretching it out like I did the first part of it. It was a simple, predictable little story that didn't challenge any social norms or shock in any way. The characters were generic (business woman, TV presenter, mad mother-in-law, hunky husbands), as was the storyline (mad ...more
May 30, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
If the GoodReads description on this page appeals to you, you'll probably like this book. If it makes you cringe a bit, then it's probably not for you.

I loved Weiner's Good in Bed, I was fine with In Her Shoes but I'm pretty "meh" about this book. I felt like Weiner was like, "I just had a baby! Aren't babies wonderful? I want to write about babies!" So she did.

Perhaps I'm tired of the four-women story method, but I felt like the spark and snap that punctuated her other books was missing from th
Mar 07, 2007 donna added it
this is the closest i'll probably get to a trashy novel that isn't pornographic. it isn't trashy. it was somewhat funny and somewhat lame. quick read. it follows four new mothers and the book is divided by each woman's story instead of chapters. "becky," "lia," "ayinde," "kelly." it's cheesy. but probably truthful. i think this falls under the category of 'beach reading.' respect to new mothers. i really don't want an infant chewing on my nipples. use condoms.

oh and in the hollywood version, ay
Apr 09, 2007 Clare rated it liked it
Here's the thing: I like Jennifer Weiner. In terms of developing a narrative, she's probably one of the most refreshing chick-lit writers out there, because she doesn't fall back on the trite searching-for-Mr.-Right-and-meeting-him-accidentally formula that sadly characterizes most of the genre. I avoided this book for a long time because it's about a subject (new motherhood) that I can't currently relate to, and hope not to be able to relate to for several more years. But I did find it surprisi ...more
Aug 11, 2016 Sonia rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I've read a few of Weiner's other books (Good in Bed was okay; Certain Girls, the follow up, was not), but picked this one up recently after the Franzen/Weiner drama started up again. I am heavily Team Franzen in that debate— not because I don't think women writers deserve just as much attention as their male counterparts, but because in no universe are Jennifer Weiner and Jonathan Franzen's writing comparable. Anyway, I bought this to give Weiner another chance.

It didn't work. This is chick li
Amy (amyb2332)
I listened to abridged version of this book, read by Jennifer Weiner. This is one of those books I wish I could give a 3.5 stars. It really is better than "I liked it" but I'm also not sure that it was 4 star worthy. I ended up rounding down because I think in six months, I won't remember or still be raving about this book.

I thought the author did a really great job narrating this book. I think she really made the book extra good. I also really liked the story of the four women. It seemed like t
Jun 26, 2015 Books rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely unforgettable read! This is the first book of Jennifer Weiner’s I’ve read and I’m so excited to read more of her books! These four, these four wonderful, amazing characters stole my heart. With their joys and their sorrows, their new babies and coping with being mothers, as well as keeping their marriages from falling apart, I could relate to so many aspects of their lives as I fully understand the ups and downs of motherhood and being a devoted wife. Little Earthqu ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
I read this for a group read, and I was actually under the impression that this was going to be a funny book. It definitely wasn't. It was the story of a group of women and their journey through pregnancy, marriage and the ups and the downs. Each character had something in their life that wasn't quite perfect, and each story told how they either triumphed or were defeated by their problem.

I liked it.. but I probably wouldn't read it again. I just think there's enough bad things that happen in re
Aug 21, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
About 3.5 stars. Really enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters and found them to be real, easy to empathize with. I am not a big fan of chick lit, but I do read it as its usually a light read for me. But I really enjoyed this one, I found it relatable and real, which many are not.
Nov 05, 2016 Hidefan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, library
Jennifer Weiner es otra de esas autoras de chick-lit populares que me faltaban por probar. Había leído muy buenas críticas de una de sus novelas, Good in Bed, y hace unos años vi una película que adaptaba uno de sus libros, En sus Zapatos, y que me gustó bastante, así que cuando encontré este libro en la biblioteca de mi barrio me decidí a probar.

Pequeños Contratiempos, la tercera novela de Weiner, sigue a cuatro mujeres en Filadelfia en el que se supone es el mejor momento de sus vidas: la reci
Dec 31, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Holier-than-thou snob that I am I often pooh-pooh "chick lit." After all, I am far too classy to view standard chick flicks (insert sarcasm.) But, motherhood? babies? friendship? Sign me up. Much to my wondering yes and doubting heart I throughly enjoyed Jennifer Weiner's novel about four very different women and their experiences as new mothers. Though each woman experiences loses and triumphs this book manages to walk the fine line between fun and meaningful without proclaiming itself an overl ...more
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Damn, I just blew through a 400 page book in less then two days. And I actually comprehended everything, mainly cause it was a Jennifer Weiner book and I have enjoyed the past two books of her I read. So it's not really much of a surprise. Just shows you how much I did this weekend as well (nothing).

This book was about 4 different women and at first I was afraid I was going to have a hard time keeping track, but like most books, it ended up being easy to tell everyone apart. The book was mainly
Bye and bye, bye and bye,
My darling baby, don’t you cry.
The moon is still above the hill.
The soft clouds gather in the sky.
~ Lia’s lullaby from The Rainbabies

Little Earthquakes follows a year in the life of three engaging new moms — Becky, Kelly, and Ayinde – as their world becomes an unpredictable tremor of babies within marriages and all the emotions that follow and intertwine. I laughed at this book’s quirky, funny, and sarcastic moments. I nodded in affirmation at the true-to-life dose of re
Luna Solaris
Sep 26, 2010 Luna Solaris rated it did not like it
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Saufa Moerni
Sep 20, 2015 Saufa Moerni rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, my-review
Novel chicklit pertama yang kubaca setelah bertahun-tahun. Judul aslinya Little Earthquakes, yang diterjemahkan menjadi Buntelan Mungil. Menurutku, judul aslinya lebih pas dengan isi ceritanya, yaitu cerita tentang 4 wanita pasca melahirkan yang mengalami berbagai kejadian berbeda, dan keempatnya saling menguatkan.

I must say, ini adalah chick lit, jadi jangan mengharapkan penggunaan kata yang indah dan alur yang menarik, atau quote mendalam ala Mario Teguh. Meskipun aku menyukai beberapa kalimat
Andrea Guy
Jun 12, 2010 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing


Little Earthquakes is a novel of friendship, motherhood and loss. Jennifer Weiner has really created a wonderful story that you don't want to put down.

The novel revolves around the lives of 4 women, three who meet at a yoga class during their pregnancy and a fourth who has returned home to recover from the loss of her child.

All three women experience a "little earthquake" that rocks their world and changes their lives.

The women's struggles with their pregnancies and dealing with their n
May 19, 2016 Annie rated it liked it
I found Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner sitting on my To Read bookshelf. Judging by the dust on it, it had been there for years. I received it as a gift before my little dragon was born and really had no interest in ever reading it. When I came across it this last month I decided to give it a try.

This novel follows 4 new moms around during the new journey of motherhood- from late in their pregnancies (when their paths all cross) into the first year of motherhood. This was a book that coul
Bibiana Suarez
Jan 06, 2016 Bibiana Suarez rated it liked it
Este es uno de esos libros que dejan con aquella sensación de no saber que opinar pues como tal la historia gustó pero no lo suficiente mas no fue una decepción.

Me explico: los personajes y en si, la trama pese a que es mas dirigida a un público adulto la pude disfrutar sin embargo la forma de escribir de Jennifer Weiner se enfocó más en hablar sobre las marcas que las protagonistas usaban en cuánto a ropa, electrodomésticos y artículos en general que en lo que de verdad ellas pensaban me molest
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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