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Little Earthquakes

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  71,400 ratings  ·  2,229 reviews
From the bestselling author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes comes a hilarious, warm-hearted story of what follows 'happily ever after' as three young wives make the journey into motherhood.

There's Becky, a plump, sexy chef, with an overworked husband, an adorable baby girl ... and the mother-in-law from hell. There's Kelly, a twenty-four-seven event planner who is charting
Paperback, 414 pages
Published 2004 by Pocket Books
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
"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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Saufa Moerni
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


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
Luna Solaris
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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
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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 hell. Kelly is an event planner who's struggling to balance work and motherhood while dealing with an unemployed hus
Missy Davis
I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the end of it. There was about 100 or 150 pages in the middle where I was thoroughly annoyed by every single character and found most of them pretty unrealistic. Is anyone's mother-in-law actually this terrible? She seemed like a caricature. However, the end of the book finally gave the characters a little more complexity which saved it from being a 2 star rating.
Melissa McCauley
I enjoyed this book and read all the way to the end to find out what happened to each of the four main characters on their journey through pregnancy and new motherhood. I usually don’t like “chick-lit” and can’t remember where this book came from (Oh dear, I hope no one is expecting it back). It will make a good Lifetime or Hallmark Channel movie. (Yes, I watch them when no one is looking. Especially the super-sappy Christmas movies.)
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and the upcoming WHO DO YOU LOVE, due out August 11, 2015. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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