May 10, 2020

#BookReview: The Girlfriend Mom: A Memoir by Dani Alpert

Synopsis: After tap-dancing through life as a childfree woman, Dani fell in love with a divorced dad of two and stepped into the amorphous role of a parent's live-in significant other--or babysitter without compensation. Presented with a Whitman's Sampler of motherhood, she made rookie mistakes, like leaving the 11-year-old alone in the house while running to CVS for raisins and donating to the Alzheimer's Foundation as the kids' Christmas gifts. 
Seven years in, Dani got her bearings and sunk deeper into her semi-parenting, surprising herself and those around her. She kept Nicole's teenage secrets, whistled while she laundered Tyler's athletic supporter, and anointed herself "the Girlfriend Mom." 
And then she was dumped for a natural blonde. 
It wasn't a traditional divorce, and Dani had no visitation rights--but she and the kids wouldn't break up. And she went from keeping a guardedly warm distance to fighting for a place in their lives, including befriending the kids' mother--the ex of her ex. A laugh-out-loud story about the lengths to which we go to for love and family.


Rating: ★★★
My Review: When this one was sent to us I grabbed it!! I was very excited to read it.  But although this was very funny in parts it just didn't mesh with me in full.  I wanted to love it but I am so hit and miss when it comes to memoirs and this one just wasn't for me.  I think others will find this book very good but for me it just didn't work out.  

The Girlfriend Mom is a laugh-filled memoir about going through the imperfect experiences of joining with a family. Dani Alpert's darkly funny memoir is about forging a relationship with her divorced boyfriend's children. Narrated with honesty and wit, the book airs grievances and frustrations with nuance, flair, and comedic sensibilities. Biting humor... astute observations and juxtapositions enliven scenes. Song lyrics open each chapter to set the tone; the book's catchy chapter titles are complementary. Each person in Alpert's story is made multidimensional, evincing a deep understanding of human foibles and compassion for others. Uncertainty and heartbreak are imparted in an unflinching manner, resulting in satisfying, bittersweet lessons.-- Forward-Clarion Reviews
"Her boobs are real, and so is her attitude. Witty, engaging, and sweetly sharp, she's a new comic voice to reckon with." - Ali Wentworth, Actress and New York Times bestselling author
"Just when you thought the definitions of the American family had become as broad and diverse as they could be, here comes Dani's hilariously honest look at her own!" - Dan Bucatinsky, Emmy Award-winning Actor and Author
"Uncensored and fearless... The Girlfriend Mom is a gutsy book and a real (hilarious) look at the modern family!"- Heather Dubrow, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Actress, and Author
"In her humorous new book, The Girlfriend Mom, she shares the good, the bad and the oh, so funny of taking on the role of an uncompensated babysitter-turned-confidant who can't imagine life without her boyfriend's kids. That is, until she has to, seven years later, when she's dumped for a natural blonde."--NYU Alumni, Class Notes​​​​​​​
"The Girlfriend Mom is a compelling and modern book about families--those we are born into and those we choose to be a part of. Touching and moving, this book will make you laugh, cry, cringe in recognition, and delight in Dani's willingness to look like an ass." --Anonymous

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