Confessions of a Single Mum by Amy Nickell

I found this book during my first trip to our local library. I’d decided that I really want to encourage my son’s burgeoning interest in books so we’ve signed up for the library and obviously an advantageous side effect is that – I GET MORE BOOKS! I’ve been reading this style of books since we first started trying to conceive, I like hearing about realistic experiences of motherhood, because come on be honest who the hell enjoys reading about smug parents who get it all right?!

When Amy Nickell left university, she managed to nab herself a real life paid job as a celebrity reporter in London town. She literally got paid to ask Robert Downey Junior out for Nando’s, while living with her gay best friend, their Harry Styles cardboard cutout and their pet toad, Snoop Frog. Things were good, they were fun and they definitely weren’t serious. That life took a very grown up, very serious detour when Amy found herself unexpectedly pregnant. Pregnant and without a boyfriend. And so her life went in an altogether new direction… From plus one dating to lactating way too near to Simon Cowell, this is Amy’s wonderfully frank, honest and hilarious story of a family that is anything but nuclear. So whether you’ve just arrived, are on the way or have been here a while, this is for anyone who’s found themselves scratching their head and wondering: ‘How the hell did I end up here?’ (Amazon)

The book focusses funnily enough on Amy Nickell’s journey through pregnancy and parenthood as a single mum. She is articulate and amusing and her name dropping isn’t too irritating. There is a good smattering of chuckle worthy anecdotes relating to current pop culture, which however enjoyable will probably age this book faster than it should. I also found myself more than a few times nodding in agreement and laughing out loud at the joys of pregnancy and early parenthood – did I say joys? I meant total insanity.

It is very self reflective, which was obviously inevitable, but i think that as it is written so well this can be forgiven. At times I did find it a bit cliche and twee, maybe i’m just a slummy uncaring mum but there was a lot of reference to how much her son completes her life. Don’t get me wrong, this is totally lovely and adorable and the way things should be but I don’t need every single point rounding off with this.

However, what I found most important about this book was an insight into the lives of single mums, my parents split when I was 7 and i’ve always marvelled at how the hell my mum coped with three kids under the age of 8. I felt that Amy was able to capture the reality of this in her experience without negating it or other forms of families.

I did enjoy the book, it was an easy quick read and not a bad choice for my first library loan!

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