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I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
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Oct 13, 11

Read in September, 2011

I finished this book today. I started reading it and glanced at the TV one afternoon and saw an advertisement for the film!! Now normally, I have already bought the book and then refuse to see the film till I have read it....I have a HUGE pile of books and the same on my Kindle so they are normally on DVD by the time I get to watch the film! With this book I will be first in the cinema queue for a change, although can SJP fill Kate Reddy's uncomfortable high heels??

This book is about Kate Reddy, hedge fund manager, workaholic, wife, mother of two, multi-tasker, corporate ass-kicker, extensive list maker...who is struggling with juggling so many balls she is buckling under their weight...

With so many hats to wear and shoes to fill, her life is a career in damage limitation, add to this a troubled, alternative childhood, father issues, mother issues and continued guilt about and from her husband and children and Kate is drowning in her Armani suit...

This book is a triumph, a page turner. I laughed out loud, cried at a couple of parts and spent half of the book nodding my head in recognition of the many truths woven into this realistic, gritty story about women, men, parenting, and the work/life balance.

I would recommend this book highly and can't wait to watch the film. It both tugged at my 'ambitious, I can do it all with kids strapped to me' side that I constantly try to drag out of my baggy trackies and 'not had time to wash hair in 3 days' self, and made the SAHM in me utterly grateful that I was fortunate enough to raise my children myself, and know whether they like broccoli....

A must for mothers of any circumstance. Allison Pearson speaks to women in this book, stroking our noses with her fingers and saying, sshhhh, go to sleep, everything is going to be ok...'
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