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Meternity

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  988 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Not quite knocked up… 

Like everyone in New York media, editor Liz Buckley runs on cupcakes, caffeine and cocktails. But at thirty-one, she's plateaued at Paddy Cakes, a glossy baby magazine that flogs thousand-dollar strollers to entitled, hypercompetitive spawn-havers. 

Liz has spent years working a gazillion hours a week picking up the slack for coworkers with kids, and s
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Mira
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Alys Marchand
May 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Don't expect to enjoy this book if you're a mother or a woman struggling to get pregnant. This book reflects Meghann Foye's real-life beliefs about motherhood and maternity. She genuinely believes that all women should get maternity leave if women who've recently given birth get to take it and she's under the delusion that this is several months of paid time off instead of time that is only paid as long as the new mother's remaining vacation time (some of which where likely used for those OB/GYN ...more
Meagan
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, trl16, chick-lit
On paper, the premise of this book is perfect for me. I'm a childfree person (by choice, if that's not obvious), and I've seen firsthand a certain attitude about women without children that really makes me mad. I want to be clear that I don't hold any grudge against moms - working or otherwise. I think that benefits like maternity leave and flex scheduling are woefully inadequate for working moms, and the situation is even worse for fathers or parents who are adopting. I recognize the challenges ...more
Ashley Marie
Apr 29, 2016 marked it as no-thanks
The premise of this really gives meninists a run for their money as far as entitlement goes...
Tania
May 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I can't. I really can't with this book. It's so problematic and offensive. What this book is basically saying is pregnant women and women who are mom's get a lot of leeway and that's just NOT the case. Being a mom is not a cakewalk. We don't get special privileges and it makes a lot of things so difficult. I should know I'm a mom of two with the youngest being disabled. There's no slack to be had and maternity leave in itself is shitty. 6 weeks that's the max they give most people. AVOID THIS GA ...more
[Name Redacted]
A badly-written book apparently written by a very selfish, very entitled, blissfully oblivious narcissist.

Honestly I can't tell whether her claim that this is a fictionalized version of a scenario she herself nearly tried, or her claim that all pregnant women are just lounging around taking maternity leave as way to meditate and travel on a journey of "self-reflection," are real reflections of what was going on in her mind...or rather part of a hype campaign for her first novel, a campaign far
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Crystal
May 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is a joke right? You seriously think Moms are 'discovering themselves' during maternity leave? You think there's actual ME time during this leave? I assure you that it's not, maybe spend a few postpartum weeks with new moms and go through everything they go through and keep the schedules they keep, especially those that have more than the one child. Then tell me about the me time involved.
Angel
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was going to be some silly, funny book, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it - this being some prime vacation reading time at the moment - but I really liked the description and thought a light humorous read might be beneficial. This book turned out to be much deeper and meaningful than I expected. This book has be doing a lot of thinking about life and choices and things women have to go through in the workplace.

The main character was so real. As someone who has chosen to no
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Mmmhhmm
May 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Ann Douglas
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Meghann Foye didn't do herself any favors when she decided to write this piece for The New York Post. (It practically broke the Internet and triggered a backlash against the book.) I had already purchased a copy of the book by the time the brouhaha erupted, so I decided to go ahead and read it anyway. I was looking for a light read to enjoy on a weekend and the book definitely fit the bill. I ended up really enjoying the story. Sure, some parts of the book were a bit contrived, but we're talking ...more
Ashley
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1/5
(I received a free copy through a Goodreads giveaway)
***Minor spoilers***

Elizabeth "Liz" Buckley seems to have plateaued at her current job as an editor at the magazine Paddy Cakes. It seems that she stays late everyday to make up for the work that the moms on staff haven't done, and she's tired of it. She feels judged because at 31 she's single and isn't a mother, and that the mothers on staff look down to her. So, when a mistake happens and her boss thinks she's pregnant, she doesn'
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Rachel Simone
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Bleh. I'm not sure how to put this review into words, so I made a list.

Likes:
- Interesting plot idea

Dislikes:
- Lacked nuance
- Extremely unrealistic dialogue and dynamics
- Underdeveloped characters
- The main character (Liz) would get on her soapbox and have monologues about issues and yet always be off the mark about it and then would repeat herself pages later
- Regressive, quite frankly
- Fake White Feminism
Dee Ownbey
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I’m not sure how I really feel about this book. To fake like you’re pregnant just because you think pregnant women get more perks. If you actually went through pregnancy you would know it’s hard and the perks are no where near what they should be.
Anna
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in galley form, and I am so excited for it to come out. The title definitely sparked a huge discussion among my friends (both parents and not parents) and the material is handled so expertly: It's a fun story with a really major message that I can see debated at book clubs and truly HOPE to see on the big screen someday.

The concept: Somehow, around your early thirties, it seems some people take this giant leap into adulthood via marriage and motherhood. But where does that leave
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Lisa
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Ronya
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wow. This was SO clumsily written. So many typos and so much repetition. To all the moms out there who were insulted by the premise--you should be more insulted that this book got so much press. While the general concept was interesting and possibly controversial, it did not follow through. It was a stupid, implausible, badly written story, filled with holes, incompletely drawn characters, and a completely predictable ending.
Amy
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Fluffy read for the end of my pregnancy. Didn't enrage me like I thought it might, there were valid points brought up about picking up slack when others need to leave, as well as the universal feeling that you aren't getting ahead despite working so hard.

It tied up so very nicely at the end...without ruining things I did like ultimately like the ending as it was a woman supporting another woman instead of tearing her down like she knew she "ought" to. Yay supporting women plot twists!

Only sore
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Fabulous Book Fiend
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Review: there as a whole lot of controversy surrounding this books but I knew even before people started shouting about it that I would want to read it. I love any book set in New York tend really enjoy reading about the publishing industry as well and so this book had it all for me, including a protagonist that was just like me and in a similar position to be, being one of the only women of her age in her workplace who doesn't have children. I'm in the lucky position of being able to take some ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This really isn't the type of book I usually read or pick up, but when I was offered it as part of Book Sparks #ItsRainingBooks promotion, for some reason I couldn't pass it up and I am glad that I didn't. Liz Buckley works at a famous baby magazine "Patty Cakes" and is having trouble getting ahead. She starts to become resentful of all of the mothers and pregnant individuals at the agency who seem to get special treatment. When her vacation is suddenly canceled because of another "mommy crisis, ...more
Ariel ✨
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I know this book received a lot of attention due to the manufactured media outrage about its main plot point, but the people who are legitimately upset about the book's contents clearly didn't read it. I understand it's an offensive concept. Don't worry, the main character engages in plenty of hand-wringing about her fertility and realizes that parents in the workplace don't actually have it easy after all. In fact, she acknowledges that in the first 20 pages of the book when she finds out how l ...more
Katie Michelle
May 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abc-book-club
I was initially excited to read this book because I am a single woman who doesn't think she wants kids. I also thought it was an edgy topic and the book could raise good discussions. However, it just perpetuated heteronormative stereotypes and did not send a positive message. The protagonist, Liz, complained the whole time about maternity leave and her life choices. The story felt unrealistic and there was no clear eye opener for Liz at the end. Great topic but not executed well.
Ava
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I've only had some of the same experiences as Liz, I found myself completely relating to her and her friends. Even when Liz's behavior annoyed me, I couldn't help but root for this character. Overall, Meternity was light, quick, and pleasurable, but still tackled those topics at the forefront of a 20- and 30-something's life in 2016. Pick it up!
Meghan Overbury
May 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh my god, I don't think I've hated a main character this much in a LONG time.
Alaina Johnson
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was TERRIBLE. I should have DNF’d
Nicole
May 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
First of all, I understand this is a work of fiction. Second of all, I am not a mother.

I got this book to read in the hopes all of the negative and terrible press the author was receiving was a result of the media making a story out of misquotes and misreading text. I was sadly disappointed.

I did not like Liz at all. I will not say I have not felt some of the same feelings she emotes or thought the same things she did. However, I could not feel for her the way I should have. Probably because she
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Clare
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
After reading Meghann Foye's absolutely ludicrous interview in the New York Post, in which she equated maternity leave to a sabbatical, I was curious to find out how bad this book would be. The answer: so bad. What's crazy is that the ridiculous premise isn't even the worst part—someone like Sophie Kinsella probably could have pulled it off. But the writing was cliche, the love triangle felt forced, and there were so many of-the-moment references that the whole thing was practically screaming, " ...more
Sarah Foster
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I really expected from the hype of this book I was going to hate it. Instead it's one of the best post-baby books I've read (and actually been able to finish!). It wasn't at all what the hype said it was. The protagonist didn't go out of her way to go on a meternity leave. As with other chick lit books, an unreal situation arose and she went along with it. The book actually made me think of The Devil Wears Prada in its characters and its writing. I'd read another book by Megann Foye.
Literary  Chanteuse
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I really just couldn't get into this book even though it did start off with a good vibe. I found the main character naive and selfish. She seems to want to succeed at work yet lacks the passion for anything the baby magazine is about and even though she works around a lot of mothers she seems clueless about motherhood. I've read worse but I've also read better.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Emma
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
It's an interesting spin on the view of maternity "benefits" - you get to leave the office on time, you get a "paid vacation". As a mom I have a hard time buying the plot. You "get to" leave on time because you log in after the kids go to bed so you can finish your work. Maternity leave isn't exactly vacation and often isn't paid. As an editor of a maternity magazine, you would think the protagonist is more in tune with reality. That aside, it's a cute story and interesting perspective.
Shannon Kearney
This book was so great I read it in 29 hours. You can't take the message in this book to heart. It was meant to be funny. I loved it and thought it was fun to read. I have cared for kids my whole life and it's hard,I have been trying to get pregnant too for awhile and lost a baby and I'm out of a job and I still found it funny. I think it all depends on your personality and how serious you take everything. So give it a try!! Just because others found it horrible does not mean you will.
Sabrina
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, first-reads, 2016
I received a copy through Goodreads first reads program.

I really liked the premise of this book. I was excited to get it, but almost from the start it seemed to drag. It wasn't terrible, but just seemed to be dull and lacking something. And the ending... What?
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