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Title: The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy

Writer: Polly Williams

Publisher: Sphere (2006)

Pages: 371p

Rent at: ReadingWalk

Amy Crane just had a baby, and she’s now entering an unbelievably harsh motherhood world. Not only she has to cope with Evie, her baby girl, waking up in the middle of the night and dealing with the neverending breastfeeding, but Amy also has to face the hard reality: the losing of her freedom youth days. Goodbye to stylish high heels, size 10 dresses, late night clubbing, and crowded social life. Her only sociable time is to hang out with a mother-baby club- and talking about organic baby food, breastfeeding and diaper rash. Amy even has a fading relationship with Joe, her boyfriend and Evie’s dad, especially when she has quite a proof that Joe is cheating on her.

But one day, Alice comes and introduces Amy to a whole different mommyhood world, full of yummy mummies- mothers with sophisticated styles, posh playdates, handsome pilates trainer, and botox appointment! With Alice’s help, Amy starts to change her life- to a more complicated one.

I almost never gave 4 stars for chicklit books, but this one hits me right on spot! Everything Polly Williams wrote here is brutally honest, and I relate to them so well! How crazy the competition in parenthood world is (enrolling a kid for school even though she can hardly talk!), how hard it is to say goodbye to the good old life, and even how uninteresting sex life seems after you giving birth to a baby!

Sometimes we mothers just want the best for our kids, but to tell the truth, we also want the best for our lives as well. And Polly Williams captured this dilemma in a perfect way, through the lovable heroine, Amy Crane. Amy reminds me a bit of Sophie Kinsella’s heroines, but with less annoying attitude and more down to earth character. I laughed a lot reading this book, although sometimes I wasn’t so sure, did I laugh at myself? =)

I recommend this book for all (un)yummy mommies out there- whatever struggle you have now, you’re not alone!

PS: I really love the cover – combination of light blue and cute illustration is very good. Ow, and I changed my mind about British writer – at least their good on chicklit/momlit!

Interesting facts from Wikipedia:

Yummy mummy is a slang term used in the United Kingdom to describe young, attractive and wealthy mothers.

The term developed in the 2000s, and was often applied to celebrity mothers such as Liz Hurley or Victoria Beckham,who appeared to quickly regain their pre-pregnancy figures after giving birth, and would continue to lead carefree and affluent lifestyles. More generally, a “yummy mummy” is an often younger version of a milf, a term used either appreciatively or lustfully, usually by a man, to refer to a young mother with whom he would like to have a sexual encounter. The stereotypical yummy mummy was described by Nirpal Dhaliwal in The Times as having an existence “bankrolled by a husband working himself to death in the City, [dressing] in designer outfits… carries the latest must-have bag [and] whose hair and nails are perfectly groomed“. A yummy mummy would have several children and yet remain a “girl-about-town”, dressing fashionably and appearing well-groomed and carefree.

It was reported in 2008 that celebrity yummy mummys were contributing to levels of depression in young mothers, making new mothers feel “saggy, baggy and depressed” about their own bodies (!!!!)