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The Bad Mother's Handbook (Bad Mother Series #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,554 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published by Picador (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mark Lawrence
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed 'The Bad Mother's Handbook'. I see from some of the other reviews that they were expecting something in the vein of 'Bored Housewives' meets 'Sex in the City' and were disappointed at the lack of beautiful people, designer labels, and exotic destinations. I was also expecting something similar and was very pleased to find an entirely different book.

This is a very well written book, closely observed, and without sentimentality it reaches into real lives in a ways that can rea
For a long time I had this book on my to-read-list and I'm glad I finally came around to read it. It's light and fun, engaging, but not very exciting and/or surprising, it made me smile and the characters are very real and easy to relate to. The story is about three generations of women who live under the same roof with each their own problems: Nan, the grand-mother, has health problems, Karen, the mother, is struggling with just about everything and Charlotte, the teenage daughter, becomes unex ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't want to be one of those people who are never impressed with anything, so I gave this book 5 stars although it was not what I expected it to be. After reading the blurbs I thought this would be a funny book about generations of mother-daughter relationships, with witty dialogues and describing a kind of Gilnore Girls mother-daughter closeness. It was far from my expectations.
However, despite the person that wrote the blurbs, this book deserves all the stars it can get because it realisti
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Misleading - the reviews, the description on the jacket, even the hot pink color of the cover...all misleading. I expected chick lit, and a funny one at that. It's really neither. It's disjointed and kind of depressing. It reminds me of the movie Juno - you spend half the time wondering if you should stop reading/watching because it really isn't that good but then you've made it that far and have to finish. And in the end you think "hmm...ok that wasn't a total waste of my time but I don't think ...more
Paula Sealey
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At last, a family situation we can all relate to!

Telling the story of Karen, Charlotte and Nan, three generations of women all trying to get along in one cramped council house, the book recounts a year in their lives and all the ensuing troubles. Their stories are told with such enjoyable warmth that you really care about what happens to them and how their lives will turn out.

I will definitely be reading more Kate Long books now!

Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i never bore of this book - its such an easy read and good to see teen pregnancy and family life through three generations eyes :)

Definately reccommend !
Nimanthika Hettiarachchi
Hilarious! One of the few books that got me laughing out loud and returning to pages again and again!
Caroline Ridge
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely book, very easy to relate to characters and was touching.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general, 2013
So many interesting and challenging topics covered in one book! Teen pregnancy, adoption (not of the teen's baby), dementia, caring for the elderly, rising above your roots, repeating/learning from mistakes, the challenges of being a member of the sandwich generation (being both parent and caregiver of a parent)... There's a lot here, and dealt with exceedingly well.

I very much enjoyed this book, but I vacillated between three and four stars because I was so consistently annoyed by Karen, the mo
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was fun! Or as my copy says on the front cover: A really cracking read!

Not sure why I pulled this down off my's not what I normally turn to. I was pleasantly surprised at how well written it was...I guess I was expecting crap (shame on me!) I was especially impressed on how clear the three first-person voices were. Within a few lines or even a few words, I knew who was speaking, despite how rapidly the changes happened on occasion, a paragraph, sometimes only a line. The
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