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The Atlas of Love

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“Beautifully written, a highly literate story of friendship, parenthood, and every other kind of love you can imagine.” —Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In

When Jill becomes both pregnant and single at the end of one spring semester, she and her two closest friends plunge into an experiment in tri-parenting, tri-schooling, and trihabitating as grad students in...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 10th 2010)
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The people in this book are jerks. The narrator is a push-over, the baby mama is selfish, possibly psychotic (but don't you dare say anything bad because she's family!), and the token conservative friend seems like an afterthought.

The main problem is that Frankel took an anecdote - three graduate students band together to raise a baby - and tried to turn it into a novel. There was a lot of unnecessary padding, including long tirades about how haaaaard it is to be a grad student. Lady Author, I k...more
Funny at times, close to home with the baby, the grad school, the teaching while in grad school with a baby, and all that. But also a bit annoying with the constant bestybestybest friend talk, and a tad unrealistic with all the best friending they do and sunday dinners they have while supposedly teaching and writing, much less raising a baby. But fun to read, and a nice pass of the time. I loved that it was set in Seattle.
Good. Fine.

The crisis, the center of the story, scared me to death becau...more
This book had four stars right up until the end. I was so infuriated with one of the characters in the last forty pages or so, and there was very little resolution. Which served a point of the author's, I think, but I hate feeling angry as I close a book. Otherwise, it was a good take on female friendship. It felt like a thoughtful book.
What makes us a family? Sharing the same mother and father? Our siblings or grandparents? What about the close family friend who, as long as you can remember, you called Uncle So and So even though he is not your mother’s brother or your father’s. And your best friend. . . is she family? She may not be your sister, but you certainly feel as though she is. In The Atlas of Love, the debut novel by Laurie Frankel, this question is pushed to its limits.

No matter how we plan our lives, right down to...more
April Plummer
If my first novel were this good...

...I'd be in love with myself. I'd be head-over-heels, in love with the pen in my hand and the way the words splashed across the page in front of me.

I just read Laurie Frankel's first novel, and I am now in love with her.

I don't often do book reviews on my blog. I try to do some sort of review for every book I read on Goodreads and Amazon, and I wish I had time to do them all justice.

Before this book, I found two new favorites: This Glittering World by T. Green...more
Jaclyn Day
I picked this up from a Borders clearance sale that Brandon and I popped into recently (all books 90% off…it was sad and exhilarating at the same time). I thought the cover looked cute and I’m never one to turn down a book that costs about $1. (Again, so sad!)

Because I paid such a low price for the book and because it was one of the “leftovers” in the fiction section, I didn’t have high expectations. I just wanted to be entertained and thought it looked like a good, light read…perfect for readin...more
This was one of the worst books I've read in a long time. Absolutely hated the writing style; a whole LOT of telling and not showing. Then telling after showing just in case you missed it. I felt like saying to the author, "We get it! You don't have to over explain everything!" It really could have used an editor. In fact, it seemed like whoever did edit it just ran a spell check, because at times there were weird sentences that had obviously been rewritten and meant to be cut out. The character...more
Kelly Francois
This book was quite engrossing in the beginning. I loved the relationship between the 3 main characters. They are all so different, yet they find that they balance one another out. As the story goes on, it starts to get a bit wordy. The narrator is an English Phd student and teacher, so she is CONSTANTLY talking about how what she is teaching in her class and how it relates to the drama in her life...and DRAMA there is...maybe even a little too much. Perhaps that's the point, though. Also, one o...more
Austen to Zafón
I'm reading several other books, but every time I go to the library, I see some book on the "New Realeases" shelf that I can't resist. This was one of those. Abandoning my other books, I plowed through this one quickly and in the end, although I was frustrated with the characters throughout most the book, I was engaged by the plot. Janey, an English lit grad student/teacher at a Seattle university (called Rainier in the book) makes friends with two other grad students. One is Mormon and constant...more
Alexis Leon
The story of three graduate students who decide to raise a baby when one of them gets pregnant. We are treated to first-person narration from one of the three women in question, and because all three are literary graduate students we are treated to prose that sometimes lush, sometimes overdone, often predictable, but always fun. Perhaps I am biased because it initially sounded like a great idea: a women's commune using the "it takes a village" approach to raising a kid, and having a little one a...more
I bought this for the cover - the baby is so damn cute I couldn't resist. And I knew my mom would like it (for the same reason) so I figured why not.
It's a really cute premise - 3 friends raising the baby but it was a bit boring. They're all in school so we pretty much had to read the syllabus for Janey's literature class. Look, I hardly read for my classes, why should I have to "sit through" a pretend class? And there really wasn't much interaction between the girls and the baby, except to say...more
Sue Hess
Every once in awhile I read a book compulsively. That means I read as I prepare dinner; I read when I am supposed to be working; I read in every spare moment I can find. The Atlas of Love is my latest compulsive read. I could not put this book down, and it has stayed with me since I finished it. Instead of reading something new, I only want to re-read this book.

Laurie Frankel has a gift for writing. The story is wonderfully compelling. I found myself thinking about what defines a family... blood...more
An enjoyable read, for the most part. Starts promising, then gets a bit annoying, then gets engaging, then frustrating, then somewhat satisfying. Frankel writes chick-lit for chicks with brains. The story of what happens when three grad student friends raise a baby together feels realistic, and there are genuine funny and heartfelt moments, particularly involving the main character Janey and her family. Overall, it's a nice tome about modern families and what family really means, and only became...more
Sep 15, 2011 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I loved this book. I didn't give it five stars, because I reserve five stars for books that I'll reread at any time and I'm not sure I'll ever reread this, but as I read it, I loved. I picked it up off the shelf because of the adorable baby on the front (now I'm trying to ignore the fact that the baby is dressed in girl clothes but the baby in the book is a boy), but I bought it because the characters were book lovers. I loved the way Frankel tied literature and literary theory into the story. F...more
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I got it from the library, but am planning on buying it to read again. I was laughing out loud within just a few pages of starting it. It was lighthearted and fun; while also dealing with serious issues of single parenthood, family, and friendships. The character development was great and I felt like I knew the characters well by the end of the book. Fantastic read.
Laurie Bass
Loved this book SO very much. Beautifully written...I can't believe it is her first novel. I was only slightly disappointed with the rather minimal effort the author spent addressing the resolution of the major conflict near the end of the story, which was HUGE. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic book with amazing characters and a story of family made both by blood and by choice. Highly recommend!
Illana Lebersfeld
I was excited to read this book-it seemed like a great story. But I was very disappointed. It was somewhat predictable and it left the reader very let down at the end. It didn't go anywhere at many points and as much as the author pulls the reader in throughout the book, she leaves so many open ended questions unanswered. It was a very unsettling feeling to take away as a reader. Their wasn't enough character development on so many levels and I have to say that the whole story became not believa...more
Samantha Janning
Debut author Laurie Frankel was the latest choice for the SheKnows Book Club. Her novel, The Atlas of Love, brings a story of three women trying to be a family. Narrated by Janey, we meet Katie and Jill, all three who are English-lit students, while they struggle to keep up with classes and try to have social lives. For Mormon Katie, this means finding a boyfriend with the same religion. For Jill, life has a different plan. She becomes pregnant by her much younger boyfriend, and when he decides...more
Ashlyn Hunt

Excellent writer.

However, the story was just too comparative-literature for my liking. I yearned for more character development of the three leading characters, more insight into their daily lives that would've helped me to relate to them, understand them more. Unfortunately, I found myself frequently irritated by the trio more often than not. Because of the literary theme of the story, the plot felt a little choppy and hard to follow. There were times when I wasn't entirely sure the message La...more
Mary Gramlich
The Atlas of Love written by Laurie Frankel
08/10 - St. Martin's Press - Hardcover, 336 pages

Do we really have the ability to un-love someone?

Jane Duncan and her two graduate school friends Katie and Jill have found themselves in a situation they have never faced before – parenting. They are well educated, independent and accomplished women who met by coincidence and became friends despite their differences and will stand by Jill especially now that the father is walking away.

Jill’s pregnancy an...more
Marnie Kaplan
While reading this book, I decided I wanted to live inside the story. I wanted to be Janey-- an English graduate student who moves in with her two best friends to help raise one of the friend's baby. I loved everything about this book even at moments where I wanted to change the development of the plot. I loved that it grounds itself in literary theory and is so inherently meta. As Janey teachers her English class about poems, short stories, movies, plays and novels, the book itself displays ele...more
When Janey Duncan's friend Jill discovers that she is pregnant - and that her boyfriend won't be around to raise his child - the answer to Jill's dilemma seems obvious. Along with Katie, their husband-hunting Mormon friend, Janey and Jill will move into a larger house and the three women will raise the child together. Of course they are all three graduate students with ridiculously heavy classes and teaching schedules; true, they are barely making it financially on their respective assistantship...more
Izandra Mascarenhas

It is interesting by the graduate program description. We read and feel the horror of going through this phase of life, where we only desire the reward at the end. We follow the story of the three women, along with the baby factor. Frankly, this was one of those books that made no difference to me. Dn't made me laugh, cry or smile; I read the entire book with the same expression of indifference. The author has not aroused emotions, even when it involved the baby Atlas. Too bad...

A fast, easy read that was not total fluff. It truly does take a village to raise a child!

Being that the main character was an English lit teacher; I did feel at times I was being spoon-fed the moral of the story. It was only mildly annoying, though. For the most part, I liked the book. I was sorry that Jill's character didn't evolve in the way I thought it should. Instead of becoming more close to her friends who have been supporting and helping her with her child; she seems to go more in the o...more
I loved this book! Maybe I'm biased, but I felt a real personal connection to the main character, whatever her foibles. Everyone in this story felt like a real person - Janey, Daniel, Ethan, Katie, Jason and Lucas... I enjoyed their observations on family and literature and history and education and life, just as much as their drunken shenanigans and ridiculous escapades. Really just struck a chord, you know? I would have loved to be friends with all of them in real life. That said, Jill did not...more
Melissa Lee-tammeus
Love, love love this book. This is an intellectual, female version of Three Men and a Baby. Three English lit graduate student/teachers' assistants become friends, one becomes pregnant and they decide to make a family together to raise the child. Told from a student teacher standpoint, the narrative is dissected through both literary means and from a first person account. It's an incredilby clever way to write a novel - something I had never seen before and I truly enjoyed the ride. Not fluffy a...more
The subject matter of this book is "chick lit". Three college girls move in together to raise one of the girl's baby. However, The book was really well written. Frankel is an excellent writer and the book really kept my interest. If you are looking for an easy,well written read, this is a great choice
Great premise, could have been funnier and more touching. Hated the last 30-40 pages. Did not care for the interjections of teaching the author tried to add every chapter at least.
I read it in one day- so it kept my interest for sure. Good story about three grad students who together take care of one of their babies. They are all english grad students so I ended up skimming a lot of the sections that delved too far past my interest into literature and poetry, etc. But I enjoyed the rest of the narrative. All three roommates are very different from each other- and one happens to be Mormon. It is really interesting to read about the others' perspective on her as a religious...more
The cover caught my eye at a local event with the author (when I wasn't buying so I wouldn't make eye contact). I slunk home and ordered it from the library. At first it seemed too flow too quickly. I thought it a bit too witty AND THEN the plot took a twist, the characters developed and I was caught up. So much so that on my three week limit I passed it over to a friend so that we could discuss it before it needed to be returned. In the end a fun and also poignant look at friendship punctuated...more
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“Yeah, but you’re lucky, Janey, he said. You have so many good friends. You have people to do stuff with. You have more friends than time to hang out with them, and they’re all near you. Finding love is easy- it’s fate- you just sit back and let it happen, have faith that if it hasn’t yet, it will soon, but then that’s done, and you realize you’re on your own for the rest of your life. It’s up to you to make the rest of it happen because destiny is done with you, at least as far as your social life goes” 5 likes
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