The Curvy Girls Baby Club follows on from the aptly named Curvy Girls Club, which I read, reviewed and loved last year. I was excited to read the novella sequel, and was happy to see Ellie, Jane and Katie return. I whizzed through the book, and enjoyed it, although not as much as the first.
To be honest, there was a little too much cliché in this book. The ladies all get pregnant, and all end up giving birth on the very same day… Sure, it made for a fun read, but was lacking some of the realism and depth of the first instalment.
That said, I loved that the girls brought their body positivity with them into this story. Being pregnant is actually a fear of mine – I desperately want kids one day, but have no real desire to be pregnant. I’ve already spent my entire adult life worrying about my figure, and pregnancy is guaranteed to bring those fears out in full force. So, I completely understood the struggle that these ladies faced.
Because the story was so short, I felt that their struggles weren’t really explored. Yes, there were body issues raised, particularly with Jane, but there wasn’t a realistic explanation as to how they were dealt with; one pep talk from hubby and some cheery compliment cards probably wouldn’t cut it with a woman who’d been hospitalised a year earlier with an eating disorder.
I did like Ellie’s struggles with her mother-in-law, and found Jane’s struggle with her producers interesting – weight based discrimination is a real, and terrible thing. Katie didn’t really make much of an appearance though, perhaps because she was the star of the last book? But her unexpected pregnancy would likely have caused the biggest issue, and could have been explored further.
Overall, I liked that this book maintained a focus on body positivity, but it definitely wasn’t as uplifting or meaty as the first book. If Gorman writes a third instalment, I hope it’s full-length and regains the spirit of the first!
I received a copy of The Curvy Girls Baby Club by Michele Gorman in exchange for a review and an honest opinion.