Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be
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Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be

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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Rebecca Eckler is a popular newspaper columnist who lives the fabulous life and gets paid to write about it. So when a tipsy romp with her fiancé on the night of their lavish engagement party leaves her unexpectedly expecting, she is utterly at a loss. How will a woman who loves nothing more than a night out on the town sipping cocktails with her fellow party girls survive...more
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Ciara
this is hands down one of the worst pregnancy-themed books i have ever had the misfortune of reading. i mean, looking at the cover, you know you're not getting into some kind of a memoir of a hippie crunchy pregnancy culminating in devotion to attachment parenting. but i was not prepared for what i did get into.

this is the unfortunately true story of rebecca eckler, a sassy city girl newspaper columnist who became accidentally pregnant on the evening of her engagement party to her long-distance...more
Heather
I read this book many years ago, before I'd ever been pregnant myself. I found it funny at the time, but in retrospect I think that Eckler is just as all the other unfavourable reviews have described her - whiny, annoying and immature.

Even having no experience with childbirth or raising children, I remember rolling my eyes when she scheduled a C-section so as not to be inconvenienced by labour. Christ, honey, you are having a child! You are going to be inconvenienced for the next 18 years! No, f...more
george
I read this mainly because I wanted to prove the naysayers wrong. I kept reading reviews that said this was horrible, that Eckler is a horrible mom-to-be, etc. I'm thinking that they're just old stick-in-the-muds who lost their sense of humor when they gave birth. Not so. They were right. While I didn't *hate* the book, it was pretty horrible. Short synopsis: Eckler gets knocked up the night of her engagement party and is thrust into pregnancy and motherhood unexpectedly. She's a 29-year-old jou...more
Becky
I paid $0.25 for this book. The back cover shows how much someone paid for it from Borders: $13.95. I'm so glad I paid a quarter.

The book is meant to be a funny true story about a 29 year old woman who endures her first unexpected pregnancy. Eckler has written the book in the style of a diary. So you see her day to day events, sometimes hour by hour, or even quarter hour by quarter hour depending on how much of a meltdown she's having. I spent most of this book angry at the author for being shal...more
Jessi
I found this book when I was pregnant and thought it would be some light, humorous reading that I could relate to...no. No, it wasn't. I couldn't believe someone was being that honest about how much of a shit she didn't give about her baby or the efforts of anyone around her to be there for her during her pregnancy. I gave this book two stars because it's the closest thing to being inside the head of a vapid, body-obsessed, whiny, unappreciative, selfish, and superficial harpy that I will hopefu...more
Melissa
Kim also leant me this book so I figured I would try to read it since it looks like it is easy to get through.

This was an easy book to get through and it is always nice to know that people go through similar stuff when they are pregnant. I didn't like that she never gave her fiance or cute single guy a name. I also didn't realize that it was based on a true story until the end. This made it all that much better.
Jehan
I pride myself on reading books ranging from being really good reads to well, really not good reads. This fell in the latter range. I was contemplating giving it two stars, but the ratio of funny bits to non-funny bits was not very encouraging. I suppose if there was a one and a half star, I'd give it that.

It was rather difficult to get through, and I felt the whole process a little chore-like, what with the constant complaining and self-absorbed rhetoric. However, I give her 5 stars for being...more
amanda marie
I first saw this book at Chapters three years ago, when it was initially released. I didn't buy it then, because I knew it would creep my then-boyfriend out if I were to read a book about pregnancy. I forgot about it for a year or two, and then finally remembered it when I was making up my wishlist for BookMooch.

I wish it would have remained forgotten.

Celebrating their engagement, Eckler is completely trashed and 'begs' her fiance to 'stay inside her'. She wakes up the next morning, completely...more
Amy (amyb2332)
I thought I should write down quotes that are really making me laugh as I'm reading this book:

1) "Some of the websites suggest that I get to know my basal body temperature. I don't know what basal body temperature is, nor do I own a thermometer. I always thought that basal was an herb."

2) "Who made the decision, I wondered, to place the home pregnancy tests on the same shelf as the condoms? As if I didn't already feel silly enough without a box of condoms mocking me."

I eventually stopped writing...more
Karen
Like many others, I read this while pregnant hoping for a light, funny, insightful read that I could relate to. Like many others, I found this to not be the case. The main "character" is pretty unlikeable and clueless. While I'm sure there are some people who live like this, it doesn't strike me as "the norm" or "relatable." As an example, she has no interest in buying baby stuff and ends up walking into Pottery Barn or some such with no plan and dropping $3200 without blinking. Must be nice. Sh...more
Kelly
I read this book in like a day, mostly because its an easy, slightly addictive read but also because its a topic I can't seem to get enough of these days. That said, it was just kind of so-so. Really couldn't relate to the main, nonfiction character, possibly because I don't think I have ever weighed 100 pounds. She also came off as extremely selfish and lazy (still don't understand her reasons for NOT breastfeeding after her descriptions of daily life and all that) and she gave her fiance no vo...more
Corey
Apr 20, 2008 Corey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant women
Shelves: read-in-2008
I got interested in this novel when I'd read all the hullaboo about the author suing the movie "Knocked Up" for stealing ideas and so forth. I liked the movie so I figured that a book that it may or may not have ripped off should be amusing. I understand the cover being copied but beyond that this novel is nothing like the movie. Basically it's a semi-autobiographical journey with the author as she relates how she got pregnant, why she hates being pregnant and how to take the lazy way out of alm...more
Elizabeth
I bought this for an expectant friend of mine and (as I often do...) I decided to check it out before I passed it along. I had read a few reviews of it and it sounded good. My thoughts? It was! This was a fun book to read. Rebecca Eckler is sort of the "Sex and the City" woman who has a rough time dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. I love her honesty and the fact that she is far from perfect. I found myself laughing out loud at some of her commentary. I would say that this would be a book app...more
Lori
I agree with the folks who gave this book lower ratings: I realize that not everyone has positive pregnancy experiences but I really disliked that this author was more concerned about her appearance and herself than the health of her child or the relationship with her fiance. She seems to be fairly self-centered. I think I was more saddened/disturbed to know this is a real person and not a fictionalized account of a pregnancy. Luckily, at the end, she seems to be a little less self-interested. I...more
Lee
The author is vain and profane. She comes from a very different world - boozy, single, flirty, self absorbed. Her life would probably be fun, for a very short time, but then it would be boring and empty. I couldn't tell if she was just trying to be funny when she wanted a C-section so her baby would have a pretty head, but then she made all of her decisions based on frivolous stuff, so I guess that is as deep as it gets. I did think the book was funny, though probably not for the reasons the aut...more
Brandi
Wow, what an unlikable person! How Rebecca Eckler got to the age of 29 without drowning in her bathtub amazes me. Her lack of understanding about anything related to human anatomy and refusal to learn was so extremely off-putting that I wanted to throw the book out my window half way through. I only finished this book because I was hoping that she'd have some sort of epiphany and realize that her shallowness was ridiculous. Not so. At the end I was angry with myself for wasting the gas in my car...more
Kelly
This was a fun, silly book that talked about one person's journey through conception to birth and everywhere in between. There were plenty of things that I could relate too, and plenty more that I had forgotten about. How could I have forgotten the heart burn and the terrible leg cramps! The only problem I had with this book was that fact that 32 pages had been left out of my printing and then they repeated 55 pages over again. Oh well, I guess I will never know what happened in May during her b...more
Lorie
I did not like this book and it was a chore to finish it. The narrator annoyed me to no end, from leading on "cute single guy" to smoking cigarettes and drinking the "occasional" alcoholic beverage during her entire pregnancy. I realize that people have to do what works for them while pregnant, but at some point you have to consider the baby's health. It also seemed like she has a dysfunctional relationship with her fiance (not being open and honest, like hiding a close friendship with "cute sin...more
Rebecca Grace
Finding myself pregnant, I was looking for pregnant memoirs that weren't all mushy and hearts and flowers and cuddles... I certainly found that with this book. However, the author's blaise attitude towards having her child, the fact that she smoked and drank through her pregnancy, and made sure to have every elective surgery possible to avoid actually giving birth to her child, and the constant complaining about her looks and the life she was 'giving up' got old, really, really fast. It was alri...more
Sherry
Mar 13, 2009 Sherry rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sherry by: Queen Carly, Five Second Dance Party
Shelves: 2006-2010
This book was like a pregnancy: It dragged on and on and then suddenly it was over. I'm torn between loving the book and hating it. There was a lot that I related to - guilt about not quitting smoking, crazy obsessions, and the mysterious body parts poking me from the inside (no, really, how do you know if that's a foot, an elbow or a third arm?) - and there was a lot that I found utterly ridiculous. In some ways, the author reminded me of Sophie Kinsella's 'Shopaholic' character: ridiculous and...more
Katie
A friend lent me this book when I asked if it was perhaps what the movie "Knocked Up" was based on. Nope, she assured me, as the movie was just a funny movie, no book there. I decided to read it anyway as something light and funny for the weekend. There were some truly hilarious moments in this book, but I felt that the author left too many loose ends at the end of the story, and I couldn't connect with any of her characters. I found the Shopaholic books and other chick lit much funnier.
Alison
This was a pretty comical book. It was all about a girl who got pregnant with her fiance and clearly was not ready for a baby. She talks about all the different things she goes through in the pregnancy. How her life changes with her friends and not going out drinking and partying like she is used to. Definitely a good book for someone who has gone through pregnancy or is in a pregnancy to give them a good laugh or remember going through these very same things.
Crizzle
I read this in Barnes & Noble while I was pregnant, it was a quick read. I would've given it just one star, but I found it entertaining despite how deplorable this lady is. I really, REALLY hope this isn't how she ACTUALLY is... completely shallow, self-absorbed and whiny. Everything is about her, even after her baby is delivered (via C-section because Rebecca just didn't want to inconvenience herself by giving birth...don't get me started;).
Karen
For any mom-to-be who is pretty much miserable about being pregnant? Eckler manages to capture the humor in everything from not being able to drink, having friends who think the idea is ridiculous, and having to perpetually wear fat, I mean maternity, pants. While not informative or educational, it is definitely a great first trimester read for any woman having problems adjusting to her new "life" as a pregnant chick.
Elin
I did quite like this book. It was a quick and easy read and I kind of giggled many times reading it. At the same time, I found her very annoying, so absolutely self-centered and vain. It was just way too much 'do-I-look-fat', 'my-ass-is-huge', 'oh-i've-gained-too-much-weight'... It kinda scared me thinking this woman was actually becoming a mother, that there would be a baby in the end for her to take care of...
Kimberly
While I don’t agree with all of the author’s decisions during her pregnancy, I still very much enjoyed reading her journey. The book was hard to put down as I couldn’t wait to see what the author encountered next. Enjoyable read.

My full review can be found here
Jerrilynn Lilyblade
I originally bought this before I was "knocked up" myself and now my little one is 3. I assumed I was a hip mother but maybe not so much by Eckler's standards. Over all her book was amusing and funny but as a mother myself, I thought some of her behaviors and decisions were selfish. This of course, is completely my opinion and I did enjoy the book for the most part and did finish it.
Kristina
I got this book just after I had my first son. I thought it was hilarious! Not the best writing in the world, but still entertaining. She's poking fun at her own insecurities and saying what alot pregnant women feel. I admit, that even though I loved being pregnant. I didnt want to look it...at least not until I was clearly 8 months!
Steen
I started reading this book at work because one day before my shift a co-worker was telling me about it. She said it was hilarious etc. So one day I decided to start reading it and I did find it funny. I related a bit to the author because I imagine when I have my first child, I'm will to be freaked out the whole time :)
Kelly
I should say up front that this book horrified me in some parts. It was hard to read about a mom more concerned with her beauty and vices than her baby. She spent 9 months smoking, eating junk food and bitching about everything and anything. However, when I put that aside, it was funny. For the funny, I give it 3 stars.
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