MOM JEANS AND OTHER MISTAKES by Alexa Martin
Berkley Trade Paperback Original; September 7, 2021; Diverse Women’s Fiction
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Women's Fiction
About the book
Jude Andrews is famous. Well, at least on Instagram. Her
brand is clean eating, good vibes, Pilates, and casually looking like a
sun-kissed goddess. In real life, however, she’s a total disaster. She has a
strained relationship with her fame-hungry mom and her latest bad
decision emptied out her entire savings account.
Lauren Turner had a plan: graduate medical school and become the top surgeon in the country. But when she became unexpectedly pregnant, those plans changed. And when her fiancé left her, they changed again. Now navigating the new world of co-parenting, mom groups, and dating, she decides to launch a mommy podcast with all the advice she wishes someone had given her.
Jude and Lauren don't have much in common, but maybe that's why they've been best friends since the third grade. Through ups and downs, they've been by each other's sides. But now? They’re broke, single, and do the only thing that makes sense—move in together, just like they talked about when they were teenagers. Except when they were younger, the plan didn't include a five-year-old daughter and more baggage than their new townhouse can hold.
My Thoughts: Opposites attract. Jude and Lauren are as opposite as they can be, yet they are sister wives, living together, living life together, and finding their way in the world together. Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes is the story of social media influencing, friendships, toxic relationships, alcoholism, and custody battles. There are many tough topics within the story, but they are all handled with respect and care.
I felt like the story was real. It told about the difficult life of single motherhood, overbearing mothers, and true friendships. The social media aspect hit home since I have a blog and use social media often. The characters all had flaws and they were not glossed over. Their stories were told, their lives were shared, and together they could overcome anything.
This is the first book of Alexa Martin’s I have read but I will be on the lookout for more.
**Thank you Danielle Keir at Berkley for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Advanced Praise for Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes
“Alexa Martin is an auto-buy author for me. Her
first women’s fiction novel brings the same warmth, humor, and sincerity of her
romances. Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes is
a celebration of the strength, joy, and complications of female friendships
that span our lifetimes. I will read
anything Alexa Martin writes!”—Lyssa Kay Adams, author
of Isn't It Bromantic?
“Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes is a sparkling novel about female friendship in all its messy glory. The love the characters have for one another practically bursts off the page. If their podcast was real, I'd be hitting ‘subscribe’ immediately.”—Laura Hankin, author of Happy & You Know It
“Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes is Alexa Martin’s relatable story of the perfectly flawed connections between mothers, daughters, and sister-friends that make life crazy and complete. If you enjoy page turning drama, second chance heroines, or relationships that remind you of the ones that got you through life, you will want to pick up this book and then you won’t want to put it down.”—Alli Frank & Asha Youmans, authors of Tiny Imperfections
“I devoured Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes. In this perfectly of-the-moment story, two strong female characters sprung off the page and into my heart. Jude and Lauren, though very different from each other, are both highly relatable women for whom I found myself cheering the entire time. Mom jeans are definitely a mistake... recommending this book is definitely not!”—Elyssa Friedland, author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
“A story of motherhood, friendship, sacrifice, and self-actualization, Alexa Martin's Mom Jeans & Other Mistakes is an entertaining and empowering novel that honors family in all its iterations.”—Kathleen West, author of Are We There Yet?