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Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be

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Rebecca Eckler is a popular newspaper columnist who lives the fabulous life and gets paid to write about it. So when a tipsy romp with her fiancé on the night of their lavish engagement party leaves her unexpectedly expecting, she is utterly at a loss. How will a woman who loves nothing more than a night out on the town sipping cocktails with her fellow party girls survive ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Villard (first published 2004)
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Ciara
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
this is hands down one of the worst pregnancy-themed books i have ever had the misfortune of reading. i mean, looking at the cover, you know you're not getting into some kind of a memoir of a hippie crunchy pregnancy culminating in devotion to attachment parenting. but i was not prepared for what i did get into.

this is the unfortunately true story of rebecca eckler, a sassy city girl newspaper columnist who became accidentally pregnant on the evening of her engagement party to her long-distance
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Heather
Jan 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago, before I'd ever been pregnant myself. I found it funny at the time, but in retrospect I think that Eckler is just as all the other unfavourable reviews have described her - whiny, annoying and immature.

Even having no experience with childbirth or raising children, I remember rolling my eyes when she scheduled a C-section so as not to be inconvenienced by labour. Christ, honey, you are having a child! You are going to be inconvenienced for the next 18 years! No, f
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george
I read this mainly because I wanted to prove the naysayers wrong. I kept reading reviews that said this was horrible, that Eckler is a horrible mom-to-be, etc. I'm thinking that they're just old stick-in-the-muds who lost their sense of humor when they gave birth. Not so. They were right. While I didn't *hate* the book, it was pretty horrible. Short synopsis: Eckler gets knocked up the night of her engagement party and is thrust into pregnancy and motherhood unexpectedly. She's a 29-year-old jou ...more
Becky
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
I paid $0.25 for this book. The back cover shows how much someone paid for it from Borders: $13.95. I'm so glad I paid a quarter.

The book is meant to be a funny true story about a 29 year old woman who endures her first unexpected pregnancy. Eckler has written the book in the style of a diary. So you see her day to day events, sometimes hour by hour, or even quarter hour by quarter hour depending on how much of a meltdown she's having. I spent most of this book angry at the author for being shal
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Jessi
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found this book when I was pregnant and thought it would be some light, humorous reading that I could relate to...no. No, it wasn't. I couldn't believe someone was being that honest about how much of a shit she didn't give about her baby or the efforts of anyone around her to be there for her during her pregnancy. I gave this book two stars because it's the closest thing to being inside the head of a vapid, body-obsessed, whiny, unappreciative, selfish, and superficial harpy that I will hopefu ...more
Brandi
Mar 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Wow, what an unlikable person! How Rebecca Eckler got to the age of 29 without drowning in her bathtub amazes me. Her lack of understanding about anything related to human anatomy and refusal to learn was so extremely off-putting that I wanted to throw the book out my window half way through. I only finished this book because I was hoping that she'd have some sort of epiphany and realize that her shallowness was ridiculous. Not so. At the end I was angry with myself for wasting the gas in my car ...more
Kristan
Aug 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
What an egomaniacal, superficial
twit.
Iris
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe Libra

Ik kwam Bevrucht tegen tijdens de laatste Boekenbeurs in Maastricht. Als happy single en (nog) jonge vrouw is kinderen krijgen iets waar ik me totaal nog niet mee bezig hou. Het is iets voor later, als ik een vriend heb. Als ik samenwoon en misschien dan niet eens. Het staat nog geheel open ter discussie en is op dit moment een totaal onbelangrijk punt op mijn agenda. Toch trok dit boek over moeder worden me op de een of andere manier aan. Zeke

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Amy (amyb2332)
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I thought I should write down quotes that are really making me laugh as I'm reading this book:

1) "Some of the websites suggest that I get to know my basal body temperature. I don't know what basal body temperature is, nor do I own a thermometer. I always thought that basal was an herb."

2) "Who made the decision, I wondered, to place the home pregnancy tests on the same shelf as the condoms? As if I didn't already feel silly enough without a box of condoms mocking me."

I eventually stopped writing
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Melissa
Nov 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Kim also leant me this book so I figured I would try to read it since it looks like it is easy to get through.

This was an easy book to get through and it is always nice to know that people go through similar stuff when they are pregnant. I didn't like that she never gave her fiance or cute single guy a name. I also didn't realize that it was based on a true story until the end. This made it all that much better.
Maria
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have, chick-lit, parenting
Pretty funny book at times...quite accurate to actual pregnancy stories. It was alittle bothersome that the main character was SO clueless about pregnancy and parenthood and SO over obsessed with how the baby will change her social life. But maybe that was just weird to me because it was so different from my personal experience. Would recommend to any mother-to-be or new mother!
Tolu
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was generally a funny book,as Eckler discusses adapting to an acidental pregnancy. I disagreedwith some things (such as her obssession with her weight and her refusal to learn anything about babies), but generally it was a lovely read.
Mel Penner
Aug 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Rich white woman gets pregnant. Thinks she's a goddamn martyr.
amanda marie
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 50booksin07
I first saw this book at Chapters three years ago, when it was initially released. I didn't buy it then, because I knew it would creep my then-boyfriend out if I were to read a book about pregnancy. I forgot about it for a year or two, and then finally remembered it when I was making up my wishlist for BookMooch.

I wish it would have remained forgotten.

Celebrating their engagement, Eckler is completely trashed and 'begs' her fiance to 'stay inside her'. She wakes up the next morning, completely
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Karen
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like many others, I read this while pregnant hoping for a light, funny, insightful read that I could relate to. Like many others, I found this to not be the case. The main "character" is pretty unlikeable and clueless. While I'm sure there are some people who live like this, it doesn't strike me as "the norm" or "relatable." As an example, she has no interest in buying baby stuff and ends up walking into Pottery Barn or some such with no plan and dropping $3200 without blinking. Must be nice. Sh ...more
Sarina
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author tells her version of pregnancy and post-partum experience. She finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy after a drunk night with her husband. She gains an excessive amount of weight, never completely quits smoking, and has a drink on occasion. Her diet is terrible. She suffers most of the bad effects of pregnancy (sickness, back pain, cravings, smell sensitivity, hormonal emotions, etc). She sees a popular doctor who doesn't discourage her lifestyle habits. She decides to elect for c ...more
Bridget Bailey
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This was not my favorite of the pregnancy books I have been reading but had its cute moments. It was literally a play by play of every day during the pregnancy and I still find it hard to believe she knew she was pregnant the day after she conceived. It was also weird the relationship between the cute single guy in her town and her. I know nothing physical happens in the book but it seemed really odd for him to hang out with her and her to be so needy and dependent with him when she had a fiance ...more
Corey
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: pregnant women
Shelves: read-in-2008
I got interested in this novel when I'd read all the hullaboo about the author suing the movie "Knocked Up" for stealing ideas and so forth. I liked the movie so I figured that a book that it may or may not have ripped off should be amusing. I understand the cover being copied but beyond that this novel is nothing like the movie. Basically it's a semi-autobiographical journey with the author as she relates how she got pregnant, why she hates being pregnant and how to take the lazy way out of alm ...more
Kelly
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in like a day, mostly because its an easy, slightly addictive read but also because its a topic I can't seem to get enough of these days. That said, it was just kind of so-so. Really couldn't relate to the main, nonfiction character, possibly because I don't think I have ever weighed 100 pounds. She also came off as extremely selfish and lazy (still don't understand her reasons for NOT breastfeeding after her descriptions of daily life and all that) and she gave her fiance no vo ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
I bought this for an expectant friend of mine and (as I often do...) I decided to check it out before I passed it along. I had read a few reviews of it and it sounded good. My thoughts? It was! This was a fun book to read. Rebecca Eckler is sort of the "Sex and the City" woman who has a rough time dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. I love her honesty and the fact that she is far from perfect. I found myself laughing out loud at some of her commentary. I would say that this would be a book app ...more
Sherry
May 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sherry by: Queen Carly, Five Second Dance Party
Shelves: 2006-2010
This book was like a pregnancy: It dragged on and on and then suddenly it was over. I'm torn between loving the book and hating it. There was a lot that I related to - guilt about not quitting smoking, crazy obsessions, and the mysterious body parts poking me from the inside (no, really, how do you know if that's a foot, an elbow or a third arm?) - and there was a lot that I found utterly ridiculous. In some ways, the author reminded me of Sophie Kinsella's 'Shopaholic' character: ridiculous and ...more
Lori
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I agree with the folks who gave this book lower ratings: I realize that not everyone has positive pregnancy experiences but I really disliked that this author was more concerned about her appearance and herself than the health of her child or the relationship with her fiance. She seems to be fairly self-centered. I think I was more saddened/disturbed to know this is a real person and not a fictionalized account of a pregnancy. Luckily, at the end, she seems to be a little less self-interested. I ...more
Lorie
Dec 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book and it was a chore to finish it. The narrator annoyed me to no end, from leading on "cute single guy" to smoking cigarettes and drinking the "occasional" alcoholic beverage during her entire pregnancy. I realize that people have to do what works for them while pregnant, but at some point you have to consider the baby's health. It also seemed like she has a dysfunctional relationship with her fiance (not being open and honest, like hiding a close friendship with "cute sin ...more
Meghann
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I read it when I was pregnant with my son in 2008. I found it honest, witty and refreshing. I felt like Rebecca was my best girlfriend and we were having dinner together talking about "the fear" and every other worry, thought and stress that passes through your mind when you are pregnant. It isn't like the other pregnancy books that spit boring facts and "this should happen" moments. Rebecca is honest and real and will tell you everything you didn't want to know about being ...more
Rebecca Grace
Finding myself pregnant, I was looking for pregnant memoirs that weren't all mushy and hearts and flowers and cuddles... I certainly found that with this book. However, the author's blaise attitude towards having her child, the fact that she smoked and drank through her pregnancy, and made sure to have every elective surgery possible to avoid actually giving birth to her child, and the constant complaining about her looks and the life she was 'giving up' got old, really, really fast. It was alri ...more
Lee
Dec 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
The author is vain and profane. She comes from a very different world - boozy, single, flirty, self absorbed. Her life would probably be fun, for a very short time, but then it would be boring and empty. I couldn't tell if she was just trying to be funny when she wanted a C-section so her baby would have a pretty head, but then she made all of her decisions based on frivolous stuff, so I guess that is as deep as it gets. I did think the book was funny, though probably not for the reasons the aut ...more
Kelly
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, silly book that talked about one person's journey through conception to birth and everywhere in between. There were plenty of things that I could relate too, and plenty more that I had forgotten about. How could I have forgotten the heart burn and the terrible leg cramps! The only problem I had with this book was that fact that 32 pages had been left out of my printing and then they repeated 55 pages over again. Oh well, I guess I will never know what happened in May during her b ...more
Jenna Malcolm
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got this as a gift from a friend who found it free in a yard sale. I still I overpaid. While it was a quick read, I found this author to be extremely unsympathetic, annoying and selfishly vain. I kept reading hoping she would show some growth but no. This was the third pregnancy memoir I've read during my current pregnancy and mostly I can say is that she has made me feel really good about my own choices thus far. It was a so-bad-I-have-to-keep-reading trainwreck.
Karen
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For any mom-to-be who is pretty much miserable about being pregnant? Eckler manages to capture the humor in everything from not being able to drink, having friends who think the idea is ridiculous, and having to perpetually wear fat, I mean maternity, pants. While not informative or educational, it is definitely a great first trimester read for any woman having problems adjusting to her new "life" as a pregnant chick.
Crizzle
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
I read this in Barnes & Noble while I was pregnant, it was a quick read. I would've given it just one star, but I found it entertaining despite how deplorable this lady is. I really, REALLY hope this isn't how she ACTUALLY is... completely shallow, self-absorbed and whiny. Everything is about her, even after her baby is delivered (via C-section because Rebecca just didn't want to inconvenience herself by giving birth...don't get me started;).
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