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Little Earthquakes

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  85,773 ratings  ·  2,582 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shoes comes a hilarious and warmhearted story of three young women who find friendship against the background of new motherhood.
Paperback, 557 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Pocket Star Books (first published September 14th 2004)
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Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all woman
Recommended to Lori by: Tina
I have to be honest, I really didn't think that I would like this book even though I liked the author all ready. I just like to read about things that aren't my life. I'm a mom and I know what it's like to do raise a child by yourself or feel like you do anways and some of the other struggles that the woman face. So when I read I want to escape my life for that moment in time. This book has changed my mind about that. I read this book and I laughed and I cried and I got pissed off on some of the ...more
Apr 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. I don't usually read chick-lit, not because I don't like it, but mostly because my usual literary tastes tend to other genres more often than not. It doesn't mean I won't sit down with a light read once in a while in-between other books, or that I'm not willing to read something that's outside my usual genre. I like to consider myself versatile in my readings.

So, I picked this book up for the YBS #8 at Bookrelay because I saw it on many wishlists and had added it to
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Bye and bye, bye and bye,
the moon is half a lemon pie.
The mice who stole the other half
have scattered star-crums in the sky.
Bye and bye,
bye and bye,
my darling baby, don't you cry.
The moon is still above the hill.
The soft clouds gather in the sky"....
I've liked Weiner's other two novels, if only because she chooses to have the main character not be stunningly beautiful, tiny proportions etc. They seem real.I still think my favorite of Weiner's books is Good In Bed , but there was a lot that I liked about this book, too. Once again, the author has creater characters that oculd indeed be real. I'm so sick of chick lit books where the characters are perfect looking and fall for hunks of masculinity. Of sexual banter and tension that is a lit ...more
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Powerful to me during this period of my life. This author's way of intertwining lives and making you feel like you have a front row seat is just amazing. It was hard to be brought back to those early days with a baby and how it did shake up every essence of your life and marriage, but wonderful to have perspective. I enjoyed all of it and her amazing writing. I also liked how the ending felt real.
Read again in summer of 2018 and still loved it.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I'm surrounded by pregnant women, new mothers, and aspiring moms. Everywhere I turn, there's a picture of a belly or a copy of an ultrasound on facebook. At work, I hear the stories of morning sickness and misery from two pregnant co-workers. I spend much of my time planning programs and creating flannelboard figures for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I'm nowhere near the point of having a child of my own, but I'm barraged by the thought of them.

I picked up this book, not knowing what it w
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I don't read a lot of chick lit, but I have enjoyed Jennifer Weiner books in the past, and I was looking for a quick read. This book fulfilled that purpose, fortunately, or I may not have finished it.

This story is about three "very different women" who meet by chance at a prenatal yoga class and bond over the hardships of new motherhood. The first problem with the book: These women are not all that different. They are all well-to-do women with loving, supportive husbands (yes, even the one who c
Jocelynne Broderick
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
I didn't give it 5 stars because the main character is typical of her other books...strong minded, insecure inside, wants to befriend everyone, etc etc.

I did like the detail she went into in the supporting cast though. She easily could have left them all sort of one-dimensional, but she gave them all real situations, real lives, real problems. And I like that.

I like that her main characters are sort of quick to judge others (other women mostly) but end up realizing that even though she had thes
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction
4 Stars for Little Earthquakes: A Novel (audiobook) by Jennifer Weiner read by the author. This was an interesting look into several newlywed relationships. The book does a good job at showing how complicated a relationship can be. The author did a great job narrating too.
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
So I deviated from my usual elitist book-selection method whereby I try to only read books with awards or accolades, and I read this book. Largely because it was sent to me free from Barnes & Noble. I had never heard anything about it, so was a little amused and surprised to find out it was basically full of pregnant characters. (Barnes & Noble, are you spying on me??) I was also surprised to discover that the author also wrote "In Her Shoes," which I frankly didn't even realize had been a book ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely unforgettable read! This is the first book of Jennifer Weiner’s I’ve read and I’m so excited to read more of her books! These four, these four wonderful, amazing characters stole my heart. With their joys and their sorrows, their new babies and coping with being mothers, as well as keeping their marriages from falling apart, I could relate to so many aspects of their lives as I fully understand the ups and downs of motherhood and being a devoted wife. Little Earthqu ...more
Stephanie Goodall
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New moms who actually have things under control enough to be able to read again
This is a great book for new moms who have a little distance from the challenge of those first few tough weeks/months. Even if it's fiction, it helps to see that it's hard for everyone at the beginning and that we all have reasons to count ourselves lucky. It's also a heartwarming story of how friendship can help us all weather lives storms.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I haven't read a full book since giving birth. I had this lying around and it was actually the perfect book to read right now as I go through some of the same struggles with motherhood and relationships.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Little Earthquakes. Jennifer Weiner. 2004. Washington Square Press. 414 pages. ISBN 0743470109.

Little Earthquakes is the third novel by bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner. When I read Weiner's first novel Good in Bed (2001) several years ago, I knew she was going to be one of those authors (which for me includes Chuck Palahniuk and Tracy Chevalier among numerous others) who produces such amazing work that you just have to read everything they publish. In saying this, I am ashamed that
Little Earthquakes started with Lia who has come home leaving her husband and the glamorous life in Hollywood behind. She is not ready to fess up anything to her mother or anyone else and thinks about what happened as her fault. Then there is Kelly, Becky and Ayinde who meet in a prenatal yoga class and then Ayinde's water breaks from where Kelly and Becky take her to the hospital.

Becky is very happily married but then there is the issue of her mother-in-law Mimi who has the annoying habit of wa
Sarah Sadie.Starts.Again
I read this for an online book group...who always seem to pick chick-lit. I stuffed down the last hundred or so pages, and I'll admit that a book like this is slightly easier to humour if you read it all in one go rather than stretching it out like I did the first part of it. It was a simple, predictable little story that didn't challenge any social norms or shock in any way. The characters were generic (business woman, TV presenter, mad mother-in-law, hunky husbands), as was the storyline (mad ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
If the GoodReads description on this page appeals to you, you'll probably like this book. If it makes you cringe a bit, then it's probably not for you.

I loved Weiner's Good in Bed, I was fine with In Her Shoes but I'm pretty "meh" about this book. I felt like Weiner was like, "I just had a baby! Aren't babies wonderful? I want to write about babies!" So she did.

Perhaps I'm tired of the four-women story method, but I felt like the spark and snap that punctuated her other books was missing from th
Mar 07, 2007 added it
this is the closest i'll probably get to a trashy novel that isn't pornographic. it isn't trashy. it was somewhat funny and somewhat lame. quick read. it follows four new mothers and the book is divided by each woman's story instead of chapters. "becky," "lia," "ayinde," "kelly." it's cheesy. but probably truthful. i think this falls under the category of 'beach reading.' respect to new mothers. i really don't want an infant chewing on my nipples. use condoms.

oh and in the hollywood version, ay
Apr 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Here's the thing: I like Jennifer Weiner. In terms of developing a narrative, she's probably one of the most refreshing chick-lit writers out there, because she doesn't fall back on the trite searching-for-Mr.-Right-and-meeting-him-accidentally formula that sadly characterizes most of the genre. I avoided this book for a long time because it's about a subject (new motherhood) that I can't currently relate to, and hope not to be able to relate to for several more years. But I did find it surprisi ...more
Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
I listened to abridged version of this book, read by Jennifer Weiner. This is one of those books I wish I could give a 3.5 stars. It really is better than "I liked it" but I'm also not sure that it was 4 star worthy. I ended up rounding down because I think in six months, I won't remember or still be raving about this book.

I thought the author did a really great job narrating this book. I think she really made the book extra good. I also really liked the story of the four women. It seemed like t
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this for a group read, and I was actually under the impression that this was going to be a funny book. It definitely wasn't. It was the story of a group of women and their journey through pregnancy, marriage and the ups and the downs. Each character had something in their life that wasn't quite perfect, and each story told how they either triumphed or were defeated by their problem.

I liked it.. but I probably wouldn't read it again. I just think there's enough bad things that happen in re
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
About 3.5 stars. Really enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters and found them to be real, easy to empathize with. I am not a big fan of chick lit, but I do read it as its usually a light read for me. But I really enjoyed this one, I found it relatable and real, which many are not.
Suzanne Charles
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great summertime read. I even stayed up late one night to finish it! Motherhood can be lonely, but it can also forge amazing friendships. As someone who has made some of my best friends through the shared adventures of motherhood, I was drawn to the way the women in the book become friends. Each one has a back story that impacts her experience as a new mom. The husbands, mothers, mothers in law, and other supporting characters are believable and add depth to the storyline.
It’s not deep literatu
Patty Campbell
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Weiner has a way of getting the reader deep inside the heads of her characters. These four women are very different, they have little in common except motherhood, yet they become tight friends. One is a perfectionist, one is a wife who's been cheated on, one lost her baby and one is a laid-back chef with her head firmly on her shoulders. The chef's mother-in-law-from-hell is both hilarious and frightening in its serious threat to her marriage. This is book to savor.
Melanie Fields
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve loved all of Jennifer Weiner’s books that I’ve read so far, and this one is no exception. A raw look at the first year of motherhood...the good and the bad. A story of love, loss, marriage, and motherhood that made me laugh and cry at the same time.
Laura Skladzinski
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this novel, which gave a great look at how life-changing motherhood can be by showing a spectrum of experiences. I particularly enjoyed the author's notes at the end about her own experiences becoming a mom and how different it was from her expectations.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Kari Friedauer
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to the story - fine for a beach read. A bit whiny - I felt the people with real drama in their lives seem to manage / handle it better than those with frivolous drama.
Nicole Curtis
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked all the women and felt a little sad for the book to end. I read this book fast and didn’t want to put it down. Readable and relatable.
Elisha Janelle
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, easy reading - I had the book on my bookshelf for years...with the library closed I turned to my personal library and was pleasantly surprised and entertained! 😉
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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