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Confessions of a Domestic Failure

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  12,581 ratings  ·  1,711 reviews
From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-read for moms everywhere

There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2017 by Mira Books
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I had originally planned on giving this 2 Stars because apparently I’m a nicer version of me in 2017 and I’m not handing out 1 Stars like candy, but simply taking a once-over of my notes and highlights has me looking a little like . . . .

I can’t remember the last time I read a character I despised as much as I did Ashley – and I’m someone who reads about rapists, murders and drug dealers on the regular, so that’s saying something.
Mignonne Van Der Walt
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am just going to come right out and say it: I did not love this book. I do, however, love Bunmi Laditan and her honest take on the world. So I was sorely disappointed to find between the pages a spiritless novel nowhere near the level of clever wit that Laditan employs in her well-known Facebook posts. I struggled to find it entertaining. Maybe I was having a day, but I didn't crack a smile once. Reading it felt like a chore and I was glad to be finished with it. I feel like I might be a tad t ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
As a long-time follower of Bunmi Laditan on Facebook, I knew more or less what to expect with Confessions of a Domestic Failure. If you are new to Bunmi's writing, you're in for a treat. Bunmi is refreshingly honest and funny, and although this book is a work of fiction, it mirrors her personal sentiments about the ridiculous expectations of motherhood and how the race to be the "perfect mom" is the biggest crock of all.

Confessions of a Domestic Failure is about the type of mom that I was (coug
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this book brought out a lot of emotions that I really didn’t expect. One of the more interesting emotions was anger. Anger that social media/TV has brought us ALL to think that we are all failures, not just mothers. And we are failures at everything. (Remember Martha Stewart?) I never thought my attempts at homemaking/gardening was good enough after I saw her on her program!

Now we are doing the same thing with mothers, and social media is preying on their insecurities. It’s quite sad whe
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, arc
Ashley Keller was an up-and-coming marketing exec before she unexpectedly got pregnant right after her wedding to her husband, David. Now she’s at home, trying to figure out how to take care of her baby, her house, her marriage, and herself at the same time. Like most parents, she’s struggling. In an attempt to become a more balanced and “put together” mom, Ashely joins the Motherhood Better boot camp, run by uber-popular and successful mother extraordinaire, Emily Walker. (Think Martha Stewart ...more
Lauren Cecile
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really illustrates the absurdity of how some people chase that elusive, albeit superficial, image of domestic perfection; reminds me of many suburban moms I know! Nice people, but....
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love Bunmi Laditan. Her Facebook posts are witty and gutsy. Hers is a valuable and important voice on motherhood. Unfortunately, this book wasn't great.

While there were elements that were certainly relatable, it centered so much on the external and daily slog of motherhood rather than the emotional growth and journey that also goes with it. I wanted to like Ashley, but there wasn't much there to hold on to. Sure, let's talk about what it's like to be a career woman who decides to stay home. T
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This pains me to not give this book 5 stars.
I read and chuckle at her Facebook posts. I like that she is so real with anything she writes, but I couldn't love this book.
I actually saw a little of myself as a first-time mom in the character of Ashley, but maybe now that my youngest is going to start Kindergarten, I just don't feel like a hot mess or think it's remotely funny anymore. Because it's kind of not.
There's been a fad of what I call "out shitty mothering" going on. If a mom posts on FB
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars: The title of the novel says it all: “Confessions of a Domestic Failure” is as fun and silly as the title.

First time mother, Ashley Keller, is the mother we all relate to. Her husband is building his career and never home. Her mother-in-law is a critical nightmare. All the mom’s Ashley notices seem blissfully perfect with adorable children and perfect lives. Meanwhile, Ashley can’t make it out of the house with clean clothes and brushed hair.

Mommy blogger Emily Walker announces that sh
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pure gold. I have never felt so understood and validated while laughing so hard.
Katie Harder-schauer
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

This book pissed me off because it nails everything that is wrong with the way the average parent uses social media. And I get it, people don't want to air their dirty laundry for their friends to see, but most people's use of social media gives the impression that their lives are picture perfect all the time, and that's just possible. This story has the added eleme
Sierra W.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
God. That was horrible. Ashley was utter nonsense. My eyes almost bled. Never again.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to like this book but I ended up returning it after a few chapters. If started out funny but the longer I had to read about Ashley (the main character) whining and moaning about what a terrible mother and housekeeper she is and how slovenly she's become the less funny it became. I'm not perfect by any measure but dang. This was just wallowing in mediocrity. How hard is it to get dressed? And when does NOT getting dressed stop being funny and start being a very cry for help? Or at lea ...more
Donna Brown
This book was so very funny yet at the same time all together too true! The main character Ashley was so relatable. My baby is 18 now and I still felt such a kinship with first time mother Ashley. I laughed out loud and loved the whole thing.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
"To gluten!" 🥂😆

This was a really fun read! Laditan - of Honest Toddler fame - imparts a satirical spin on mom life while simultaneously tackling some very real issues faced by new parents. As a SAHM myself, I found the main character Ashley particularly relatable and I loved her dearly. I enjoyed the heck out of the audio. The narration was perfect!
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read!
This is a book for the moms of the world! It is very funny, very true and it made me laugh out loud so hard that I woke my kid up, and it as worth it! If you have spent sleepless nights up with your baby followed by days fueled by caffeine, if you have found yourself in love with but puzzled by this new role in life, if you have found yourself admiring the likes of Martha Stewart but eternally bewildered by her, if you have found modern motherhood expectations sometimes a bit too much and wonder ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I picked this book on a whim from a thrift shop and immediately purchased it when I read on the back that it was a mixture of Becky Bloomwood from Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and Bridget jones.


Confessions of a Domestic Failure was exactly that. It's about a mummy named Ashley who seems that she can't win anything. While she loves her beautiful newborn babe, it comes with the stress of doing the dishes, cleaning the house, and taking care of the towering piles of laundry. Not
Janna Craig
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmmm...I'm torn on what to rate this book. I think I've decided on 3.5 stars. Here's what I liked:

- The humor (at times; sometimes it was annoying, but we'll get to that later); I've read quite a few of Bunmi Laditan's blog posts and they're often pretty funny, so I figured that would come out in her novel, and it did.

- The narrator/protagonist, Ashley (again, at times; and again, sometimes she annoyed me); she was what you might think of as a typical working-woman-turned-stay-at-home-mom. Some
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love Bunmi Laditan's sense of humor but this book bordered too far into absurdity for my tastes. Ashley Keller is a moron of Shopaholic proportions, unable to do anything at all grown up, spending money recklessly and basically constantly complaining about everything and lying to everyone. Motherhood is hard and often hilarious, but I just found the main character so unlikable I couldn't get into this book. I liked the skewering of the perfect Pinterest-y moms but I just couldn't find myself r ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This is a cute, funny chick-lit novel written for those not-so-perfect moms. It was very predictable, but I still found it an enjoyable audiobook. I would recommend this to fans of Sophie Kinsella's over-the-top stories.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not being a mom, I had not previously heard of Bunmi Laditan, but honestly, I don't think there are too many of us who work full time and try to manage adulting that can't relate to at least some of what she writes about! I found myself identifying a lot with that feeling of always being behind, never quite catching up, wondering where the time went and why my ever-growing to-do list seems to be multiplying as I sleep (fitfully, at best).

I sympathized with Ashley in the beginning, mainly becaus
Natalie [genreneutralreader]
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This book was not high literature, but absolutely hysterical if you are a mom to young children. Ashley Keller is the antithesis of the typical Instagram-perfect moms paraded before is daily. While her life might not be an exact mirror image of each of ours, every mother will be able to find something to which she can relate in Ashley’s story. Confessions of a Domestic Failure is a quick read that will leave you smiling. Loved it.
Stephanie Cowart
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was super cute! Quick, funny read - recommended!
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashley Keller, a hot mess mama, triumphs over the perfect mothers who do it all! The story was far-fetched in that no one is as inept as Ashley purported to be. She had a mother-in-law who was only too happy to tell her what she was doing wrong and a name-stealing sister who appeared perfect. It all worked out in the end, naturally, with Ashley being rewarded for being "real". ...more
Adrienne Pettinelli
Great funny summer read. I always know a book is good when my cat gets so irritated with my laughing that he leaves the room. Another excellent recommendation from Amy, who is my Book Whisperer.
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book was hilarious!!! the ending is awesome!!! the things said in the book that were from a book the main charter was reading made me laugh. very unrealistic things like I'm up a 5 with all 5 of my children and we exercise and they live it (kids are super young). such a fun light read. highly recommend it ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I understand that Bunmi Laditan has a following for her writings on her toddlers and their lives. This is the first I have heard of her, maybe because my children are teens now. I went into this knowing nothing about her writing style.

My initial impression was that I was reading a series of blog posts. I forgot that this was a novel, and starting thinking that these things really happened to her. Maybe some of it was based on real life, but I think parts of it were fiction. It read almost like a
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars is high. It was a cute easy read. Not rocket science, for those that struggle to be the perfect mother and fail miserably, gives you an opportunity to relate and maybe laugh at your own attempts
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Bunmi Laditan is a contributor to,,, and The Huffington Post. She lives with her family outside of Montreal. The Honest Toddler is based on her youngest child. Not potty trained, not trying, HT enjoys attention, cake, television, running & games.

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