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Little Earthquakes

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  67,318 ratings  ·  2,163 reviews
Jennifer Weiner's rich, witty, true-to-life "New York Times" bestselling novel tells the story of three very different women as they navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband and baby girl, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim -- and the mother-in-law from h ...more
Paperback, 557 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Pocket Star Books (first published 2004)
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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 4 of 5 stars
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
"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"....
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.
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 little ...more
Jocelynne Broderick
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Stephanie Goodall
Jan 26, 2008 Stephanie Goodall rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Andrea Guy


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
Kristi Vitale
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
I love Jennifer Weiner's books and this was certainly no exception. The novel focuses on a group of female friends, all of whom are struggling with their own issues related to first-time motherhood: breastfeeding, baby-mom bonding, sleepless nights, infidelity, illness, going back to work - happiness and misery all rolled up together. The author creates truly vivid characters that feel like people you might know: the former-journalist wife of a pro-basketball player, a chef battling the mother-i ...more
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
Caroline Thornton
Right now working full time with a 7 month old I have very little time for reading. And when I do have time for reading I'd rather be sleeping (or drinking!!) So I decided to try listening to audio books during my hour daily commute. Little Earthquakes was my first attempt into this foray. Like probably pretty much all of my contemporaries I read In Her Shoes 7 or 8 years ago (and saw the Cameron Diaz movie version). In the years since I've come to consider Weiner's work as fluff - mostly beach ...more
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
I had read "In Her Shoes" by Weiner several years ago and was browsing at the library and saw this one. Definitely a light read but was really well timed considering that I am in the midst of living with a new baby. In a nutshell, it is the story of 4 new moms from all different walks of life who are joined by the fact that they live in Philly and all have new babies. Weiner's characters don't hold back from saying some of those things that we all think as new moms, and at times they made me lau ...more
I like Jennifer Weiner's books. I like them in a "real life, it's not my life, but I feel it" kinda way.

Everything ended up a little too perfect for me, but that happens in these kinds of books.
This book may have earned an extra star because of where I'm at in my life - 7 months pregnant with my first baby. I appreciated the different points of view Weiner explored from all angles with these four women: their last months of pregnancy, their birth stories, becoming first time parents of newborns and babies up to 6 months. The cheesy dialogue was kept to a minimum in this one as well, something I was really weary of coming into the book - stereotypes of chick lit being what they are. Ove ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Mo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This was a book club selection and is not my typical genre. I'm not a chick lit type girl and with the holidays and sick kids to deal with I found the book a bit difficult to get into. However, since it was for book club I pushed through it and I found myself really liking the characters and really wanting to keep reading and find out what happened with all of them. Also, as a new Mom and a Mom whose suffered a loss I found I could really relate to the subject matter. All in all I did enjoy the ...more
I'm shocked at the rating this book has on goodreads. This is horrible. The writing was absolutely horrible. I was initially reluctant to make a really bad review on here because I thought it must be akin to bullying a retard, but I googled the author and feel confident that even though she might be the dim crayon in the box, that her success with continued shitty writing makes my harshness fine.

I can't even finish this book. I can't even get half way. I can't even open the file on my kindle to
Hae Sun
This book is told in the point of view of three women. They are all newly mothers and they are all completely different. They all meet at a yoga class when they are pregnant and they make a bond. They try to juggle their marriage, their jobs and their new babies. Then comes Lia. A mysterious woman that seems to be following them. Little do these women know, Lia's sad story who has lost her child.
I first started reading this book when one of my friend's sister recommended it to me. That was almo
this was supposed to be my 'in-labour-at-the-hospital' book - she writes chick lit that is a cut above a lot of the vapid stuff that's out there. Lately she's borrowed a lot of her own childbirth and baby experience into her writing so it's quite appropo to my current situation.

As usual, I devoured it quickly. I love her characterizations, although reading it reminded me of Candace Bushnell's writing - less vapid characters and more about mommies than money.
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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