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The Hungover Games
The Hungover Games | Sophie Heawood
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What happens when you have an accidental baby on your own in your mid-thirties, when you haven't worked out how to look after yourself, let alone a baby? The Hungover Games is the true story of one woman's adventures in single-motherhood. It's about what happens when Mr Right isn't around, so you have a baby with Mr Wrong, a musician who tells you, halfway through your pregnancy, that he's met someone else - just after you've given up your LA life and moved back to England to be with him, so you're now six months up the duff and sleeping on a friend's sofa in an art studio in Dalston. It's about what it's like raising a baby on your own when you feel more at home on the dance floor than in the kitchen. It's about how to invent the concept of a two-person family, when you grew up in a traditional nuclear unit, and your kid's friends all have happily married parents too, and you are definitely not, in any way, ticking off the days until all those lovely couples get divorced. Brilliantly funny, unflinchingly honest and emotionally raw, The Hungover Games is the true story of what happens if you've been looking for love your whole life and you finally find it where you least expect it.
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asterese
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Just finished my first nonfiction book for this year, and I loved it. This story of single parenthood was heartwarming, insightful, and funny all at once. I can only imagine how difficult things were for the author before writing all of this down. I haven't read many memoirs, but I really liked how this one ended.

⭐: 4.5

(Photo in the background belongs to Hugo Sousa)

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ClairesReads
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A funny memoir about finding yourself in a very adult role but not feeling very adult at all. Heawood really captures that sense that we‘re all faking it and none of us really knows what we are doing, and this part of the story is likely to resonate with a lot of people. I felt this book danced around on the surface of this idea, and missed some opportunities to explore these experiences more deeply. Entertaining, but not revelatory.

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Peaslady
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Bailedbailed

Ach. Heawood is a funny writer, no doubt, but I‘m a bit maxed out on the quirky, cool, middle class white girl self-deprecating vibe right now. Her experience of pregnancy doesn‘t resonate with me and life‘s too short to finish books that feel a little obvious and predictable. I‘m guessing she ends up loving the baby and it all being a good thing in the end??

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VRM1975
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emmaturi
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This was my non-fiction pick for October. I really enjoyed it!
Sophie is a celebrity reporter working in LA. When she becomes pregnant after her doctor told her she couldn't have children. It tells her story of before, during and after the pregnancy. She moves back to UK to have the baby and talks about the troubles with the baby's father, who she never tells his name. #nonfiction

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MicheleinPhilly
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I can‘t even recall where I first heard about this book but it was billed as “Bridget Jones meets Fleabag” so I immediately requested it from the library. It is so full of humor and heart and I absolutely gobbled it up and loved it. Highly highly HIGHLY recommend.

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