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My Mummy The Secret Life of Lucy Sweeney is a hilarious novel about the dilemmas of modern marriage and motherhood for those who never discovered their inner domestic goddess Pitch perfect and satisfyingly smart it does for the stay at home mother what Allison Pearson's blockbuster bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It did for the working mom It offers a lovable flawed character who resonates entertains and undoubtedly has it worse than you d I found it uite hard to rate this book On the one hand it was trashy unbelievable and most of the characters especially the main one were totally unlikable On the other hand there were several moments that had me laughing out loud and it was a uick fun and easy read As a stay at home Mummy myself I found I was able to relate to some of Lucy Sweeney s emotions but definitely not her actions as they seemed cruel and cold rather than comedic

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Slummy Mummy

A smart laugh out loud debut novel about a deeply flawed but endearing stay at home mom a book for anyone who took Bridget Jones to heart a decade ago and now has kids Lucy Sweeney has three sons a husband on a short fuse and a tendency toward domestic disaster It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high months since she remembered to have sex and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet L A very funny and entertaining read Has you laughing out load at times and is very realistic with things such as the competitiveness of other parents even in doing their child s homework so it gets a good markuite well written only downside didn t really like the plot line at the end with the hotel ect didn t think the MC would actually do that All in all a good book and fun to read

Fiona Neill  8 Read

Ucy is living in a constant state of emergency caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No 1 and competitive Alpha Mum making it hard for her to remember exactly why she exchanged her career and sanity for less than blissful domesticity When she begins a flirtation with Sexy Domesticated Dad a father from the school car pool lane the string of white lies to cover up the trail of chaos and illicit desire starts to unravel and disaster looms Slum This made a perfect summer holiday read light and amusing with a serious undercurrent and I identified strongly with the main character Lucy Sweeney a frustrated stay at home mum of three young children mothers like me the slummy mummies the muddlers and befuddlers the ones who don t know what to do when a spare minute comes their way because it is so rare wearing old dresses that have stretched with us over the years Many of her amusing antics and slatternly behaviour could have been mine a few years ago although the flirtation with Sexy Domesticated Dad would not have been one of them and I wouldn t have put the school wastepaper basket in my handbag either I m sure the teacher would have understoodBelow the humorous surface there are many serious comments about the role of women today Did the feminists of the 1970s throw away their daughters and granddaughters right to have the choice to work at home as mothers as they are under pressure to work outside the home and what is the cost of this Why is bringing up children accorded so little status in modern society and often delegated to nannies and au pairs or childcare services Side note of my own is it socially acceptable to work in childcare for other people than it is to look after your own children If so why Conversation stopper I m a stay at home mum Fiona Neill makes a good point about the Yummy Mummy sort who let others take care of the messy domestic side of life allowing them time to shop exercise and have beauty treatments She notes that this is the modern day euivalent of the 1950 s ideal housewife without the work involveduotations I notedEven though this is the first time that I have been out for almost a month I still reproach myself Guilt is the bindweed of motherhood the two are so inexorably entwined that it is difficult to know where one ends and the other beginsThere is no level playing field in the domestic point scoring game Women always start in the foothills with higher to climb and further to fall A man who changes a nappy bounds ahead while a woman who performs the same task in half the time using three economic movements and a uarter of the wipes barely registers progressTom doesn t spend enough time at home to realise that children are like ants without a system constantly on the move carrying things from one room to another and secreting them in places invisible to the adult eye Oh yes Only to be discovered months or years later the essential part of some toy or apparatus the part without which it won t work Or the key to a box containing the indispensable bit Or a piece of food which will be covered in mould by the time you retrieve it Been there done thatFortunately a reassuring note from Lucy s psychologist brother for those of us who are not always perfect mothers and housewivesbetter to veer on the side of chaos than be too controlling Behind an anxious child there often lurks a neurotic parent Being a good mother depends on defining the right dose of devotion Too little and the child wilts too much and it is stifled A sigh of relief and vindication of my own style of parenting First reviewed here


10 thoughts on “Slummy Mummy

  1. says:

    My takeaway Marriage is boring and pointless but it sure does make for some great sex with other people Also parenting is hard so just don’t do it I mean sure have kids but just don’t bother with the parenting partTalk about an alienating read The only similarity I share with the main character is that I am a married white wom

  2. says:

    I couldn't get through this book Because I am a stay at home mom I thought I would identify with this book but no The entire plot line about the mom wanting dreaming and justifying having an affair left me cold I understand that staying with your kids might not be the most exciting thing to be doing but having

  3. says:

    A very funny and entertaining read Has you laughing out load at times and is very realistic with things such as the competitiveness of other parents even in doing their child's homework so it gets a good markuite well written only downside didn't really like the plot line at the end with the hotel ect didn't think the MC would actua

  4. says:

    An easy read that's like an old friend comforting and entertainingWe all know someone who is or will be a Yummy Mummy or an Alpha Mum or a Slummy Mummy or a Sexy Domesticated Dad We all have that friend who will be in one relationship after another and never settles downPerhaps this book would appeal to a middle class audience I cannot relate to the lifestyles at all But to the situations and the characters I think fondly of them

  5. says:

    My neighbor gave me this book and told me it was really funny and my first thought was that she doesn't know me at all This type of book really doesn't interest me but after reading the back with an endorsement

  6. says:

    This made a perfect summer holiday read light and amusing with a serious undercurrent and I identified strongly with the main character Lucy Sweeney a frustrated stay at home mum of three young children mothers like me the slummy mummies the muddlers and befuddlers the ones who don't know what to do when a spare minute comes their

  7. says:

    I kind of hate to put 4 stars on such a light and silly book but I really did like it and found it to be much clever than I had thought that it would be Hailed a The Bridget Jones of Motherhood I expected the silly and exaggerated circumstances of being stay at home mom however there was a lot of wisdom too I found myself

  8. says:

    I found it uite hard to rate this book On the one hand it was trashy unbelievable and most of the characters especially th

  9. says:

    Brilliant smart and funnyYou would never expect a piece of mom lit to turn out as a sophisticated essay about marriage and motherhood Slummy Mummy comes uite as a surprise being not only smart witty and extremely funny but the most

  10. says:

    This book is proof positive that you don't have to like a book to take something away from it There was no discernible plot which made this book hard for me to read By page 50 after I was repeatedly made aware that having small children creates anarchy in the home That stay at home mom and main character Lucy had repeatedly lost her credit card lost its charm after it had been mentioned three times At page 100 I found