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Baby Proof: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

St. Martin's Press | May 15, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Baby Proof: A Novel is rated 3.8485 out of 5 by 66.

A novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

Claudia Parr has everything going for her. A successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan, she''s also a devoted sister, aunt, and friend. Yet she''s never wanted to become a mother--which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she desperately wants. Then she meets her soul mate Ben who, miraculously, feels the same way about parenthood. The two fall in love and marry, committed to one another and their life of adventure and discovery. All''s well until one of them has a change of heart. Someone wants a baby after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things and there is no compromise. It''s about deciding what is most important in life and wagering everything to get it. And most of all, it''s about the things we will--and won''t--do for love.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.26 × 5.51 × 0.94 in

Published: May 15, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312348657

ISBN - 13: 9780312348656

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely relateable story and characters This is by far my favorite book - Emily Giffin has a way of writing stories about real people that you are able to relate to in some way. I couldn't put this book down! I have read all of her books and this is the absolutely my favorite.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Not bad of a book, I enjoy this author but her earlier stuff is better
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought this book was a great read. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the main character. I have thoroughly enjoyed Emily Giffin's books. Can't wait for Emily to publish more books!
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite Giffin novels Just finished reading this for the second time. I really enjoyed this novel. To see the side of a woman who doesn't want children and the fight to defend her position. Not as easy as you would think.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh, Baby I wasn't automatically interested in this book when I started, but my opinion quickly changed. It was a pretty good book. Although I found it to be predictable at times (especially at the end), I did have fun reading it. Wasn't asgood as Emily Giffin's previous two, but it is still worth the read.
Date published: 2010-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointed... Absolutely loved Emily Giffin's books, but this one did not live up to my expectations. Baby Proof is about a couple considering a baby and how one partner's wants are different from another one's wants.Too much descriptive reading, not enough dialogue.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Giffin Novel Before you get married it's really easy to say that the two of you want the same things. The thing is sometimes one half of the couple changes their mind and then things start to fall apart because both want different things now. And then we come to some really really hasty decisions that we come to regret. That pretty much sums of another great novel that answers the questions "How can you love someone if both of you want totally opposite things?". This book goes beyond the whole idea of compromise and takes into account one woman's journey to discovering that just because she and her husband have a totally different view on the idea of children, it doesn't mean that they love each other any less. The novel goes to show that some things cannot be compromised, but can be worked out in the end with sacrifice for the one you love most.
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read This book is just as good as Giffin's first two, Something Borrowed and Something Blue. You don't have to read the first two for this book to be clear. There is barely any character overlap. There is only one instance (with Ethan) and if you have not read the first two books by Giffin then you won't even notice. The overlap is merely a relationship update on past characters from something Blue. A great summer read. The book is a fast, cute, and lively read. Perfect for on the beach, passing time at home/work, or long transportation rides. You'll be done in no time! However, I did enjoy Something Borrowed and Something Blue more than I did Baby Proof.
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good chick lit read This was a typical chick lit read. I found that the main character was easy to identify to if you could understand her situation. Without giving anything away, the ending was pretty much what I expected. It was a good journey through the mind of women who finds herself at a crossroads in life, and it perfectly depicted the roadblocks most relationships face and what is going through the mind. As it was Emily's third book, I thought it was part of a series, but it wasn't. The characters in this one were unrelated to the previous two. Overall I found it well written and something that is easy to identify with as a reader.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed After reading Giffin's other 3 novels I was slightly disappointed by Baby Proof. It was not up to the same caliber of "Quality Chick Lit" that I have come to expect from Emily Giffin. The story line is interesting and had tonnes of potential. A couple marries, agreeing that neither want children, and then one of them changes their mind. Giffin brings us into the emotional rollercoaster of martial problems and divorce. While I enjoyed some of the other characters in the novel, I did not like the main character Claudia at all. I found her unreasonable and completely self-absorbed. I believe this is the main reason I didn't enjoy the novel as much as I thought I would. I could never feel sorry for her or really relate to her at all. I just kept thinking, "What? Who would do that? She's so ridiculous" (okay that was the PG version of what I was actually thinking). I was, however, glad I read the book and loved the little visit Claudia (a book publisher) gets from Ethan who gives a short up date on Darcy (two characters from her first two novels).
Date published: 2009-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I really enjoyed this book - feel good book - well written!!!
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emily Griffin - Enjoyable Chick Lit Knowing that the story (Something Borrowed/Blue) would no longer be the main storyline, I was disappointed going in, but happy coming out. For anyone who never wanted a child, or was/is on the fence this is a great read! Note: still a good idea to read this AFTER Something Borrowed & Something Blue.
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! Although I loved this book, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't nearly as good as SOMETHING BORROWED or SOMETHING BLUE. Still definitely a great book!
Date published: 2008-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo!!! Way to go Emily Giffin.... I love her books .I 've read the first two and now with this one I just felt it was a pleasure. Every spare moment I'd pick up this book .It is not a continuation of the first two books .It was about a young couple who made a deal about not to have children and the deal was broken .Will they be able to over come or just move on ?The ending wasn't too bad .I'd certainly reccommend this book .
Date published: 2008-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was a little bit disappointed (its just ok) After reading Emily Giffin's first two novels (which I absolutley loved and would highly recommened) I was rather disappointed with this one. Its not as good as the first two, I would read this book if you get the chance, but do no expect it to be good as the first two.
Date published: 2008-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disappointing Ending This is the first novel I've read by the author - I picked it up in the bargain books and thought it sounded interesting. I found it to be a page turner, but I didn't feel that the ending went far enough. I would have liked to have known what happened to the characters a little farther, since there was no real resolution to the problem.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Chick Lit While I would recommend Something Borrowed & Something Blue before this book, I did enjoy reading it. Having just finished a pretty intense, large novel, I was looking for some light-hearted Chick Lit and this fit the bill completely. If this was the first Emily Giffin book that you read, PLEASE pick up either of the two mentionned above. She is an enjoyable author and I do look forward to "Love The One You're With."
Date published: 2008-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best reads so far! This was one of the first Chicklit books I read. And it has been by far the best!! The author draws you into each character and leaves you wanting more. I'm looking forward to reading more from Emily Griffin. Fabulous! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Date published: 2008-02-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Try Again Next Time, Giffin! I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue, but this one was just not very good. I think that it was a pointless story.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Likeable I really love Emily Giffin's books, easy to read and hard to put down. Her first 2 books were so fabulous, I guess I was wanting more of those characters. Baby Proof was a good book and you are compelled to see how it will all end. It's definitely worth the read, and I'm really looking forward to her next book this year!!!
Date published: 2008-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book When I heard Emily Giffin had another book coming out I had to get this one. I loved her first two Something Borrowed and Something Blue and I was not disapppointed by her latest in the least. Her books are so well written that you feel like you are there with the main character, I didn't want the book to end. I can't wait for her next book. I recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I have loved all of Emily Giffin's books. They are easy to read and very entertaining. I can hardly wait for the next book.
Date published: 2007-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I was disappointed at first to find out that her new book was not a continuation of her first two. However, the latter is as interesting as the former books. The author is someone who can write a novel about an unoriginal idea whilst making it fresh and creative. Not only is this book an easy read, it is smart, witty, and funny. I recommend fans and new readers to read this book.
Date published: 2007-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good book I loved Emily Giffin's first two books, Something Borrowed and Something Blue, so when her next book camce out I was at the bookstores first thing in the morning trying to get it. Once again Emily Giffin compells you in this awesome story. Definitely a good read!
Date published: 2007-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk I really liked 'Something Borrowed,' and 'Something Blue' was pretty good, but this book was very dissapointing. Emily Griffin is a good writer but I don't know how much thought she put into this story. I am crossing my fingers that her next book is better.
Date published: 2006-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good when i first read "something borrow" i was hocked up with it, and "something blue" was pretty good... but baby proof was a bit disappointing. But i can't wait to see emily giffins' new book
Date published: 2006-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good I had anticipated that this book was a continuation from Emily Giffin's previous novels, "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue". I was a little disappointed to find a new set of characters, but thought that overall it was a pretty good read. I would surely read more of Emily Giffin's work when it comes out.
Date published: 2006-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I read emily giffin's other two books and loved both of them. I was excited to see the new one. It was a great read. I could not put it down. Can't wait to see more books by her.
Date published: 2006-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not as good when i first read something borowed i was hooked, something blue was almost as good, but i was a little disapointed with this book. it may have been that the story line wasnt as exciting, but still found it hard to put down at certain points in the book. would definately read more of her novels when they come out, a great style of writing.
Date published: 2006-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I believe this book was just as great as the rest. It made me laugh out loud. I loved it. Can't wait for her next one.
Date published: 2006-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great addition!! I was absolutely hooked with Something Borrowed, then Something blue won me over, I ordered Baby Proof as soon as it came out and was definately NOT disapointed. The story is very catching, you won't be able to put it down :)
Date published: 2006-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Big disappointment This book gave me a strong impression that the writer was under time pressure to produce another book. Her priority should be quality, not quantity. This book is going in the garbage.
Date published: 2006-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than "something borrowed/ something blue" I enjoyed this story as I believe it had more substance, good character development, although I have children and did not agree with her reasons for not wanting children they were valid, well expressed and allowed you to sympathize for her right through her journey. I do believe that a younger reader may have more enjoyed the first 2 novels by Emily Griffin and that this one might be targeted to a more mature crowd contemplating a little more than love.
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 8/10 I really loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue and I was eager to read this new one from Emily Giffin but it didn't have the same feel. I would give the first two books 10/10 but only 8/10 for Baby Proof. It's still a good book that I enjoyed and is worth a read but I wouldn't buy it like I would the first two.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT AS GOOD AS THE OTHER TWO Did not enjoy the book at all...just kept reading it because it was Emily Giffen and I enjoyed her other two books... Definately NOT a page turner...
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Felt Like Reading About Myself! This book says all the things a lot of us are afraid to say. It has never been acceptable to say you didnt' want a child, everyone just tells you that "you'll change your mind one day". It is refreshing to read about a character who has a rational reason for not wanting a child. I loved reading as she struggled with her dillemmas and eventually came to a decision. This book is great, but probably not for the "mommy" types.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Emily Giffin keeps getting better and better. I think this is her best novel to date and I am a huge fan of the first two. Baby Proof was an emotional, touching story about love and life choices. I learned a lot from the lead character Claudia and her personal choice to never have children. She is a strong, likeable and engaging character - just as Darcy and Rachel are in the previous two novels. Emily Giffin creates her characters so that the reader comes to know them almost as friends - and care for them in a similar fashion. I was also entertained by the "cameo" appearance of a character from her previous novels. Way to keep the readers on their toes!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something Missing! I will admit when I saw the title I was a little disappointed. I read Something Borrowed and Something Blue in about 3 days. I was eagerly waiting for 'Something Old"....thinking we'd have a four book series...but I was disappointed to find the characters were totally different. To be fair, I think that I would have had a better connection to this book if I didn't already have my mind set on the first set of characters...there is so much more to be done with them. Anyway, on a whole this book was still great, it has just taken me longer to read. I think I relate more to the characters of the first two books. Still great job...I love Emily Giffin books.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Heartwarming Tale! Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue, is a great book filled with love, friendship, your heart, and babies. Claudia Parr never wanted a child, not in her entire life. Countless relationships had been blown or failed due to her beliefs. But she still had her family, and that was all that counted . . . Until she met Ben, as she was nearing her depressing 'thirty' milestone. Husbandless and happily childless, Claudia thought she would never marry a man who thought the same as her. But Ben changed it all. Funny, handsome, big-hearted Ben! How she loved him! To marry him seemed the only way to hold onto him, and to her immense delight, he didn't want children after all! One small wedding and a honeymoon later, the couple were perfect . . . or so it seemed. That is until one of them changes their mind and wants a child. Though they go their separate ways, their love never ceases, and their hearts always seem to lead them back together, no matter what. This heart-warming story will leave you wanting more. An excellent read for all young women who love romatic novels and, of course, Emily Giffin! A real success and excellently written. This is truly the best thing since Something Borrowed!
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uplifting I loved this novel, read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down! A great read for women who in their own life are searching for who they are alone and with someone else. There are enough twists to keep you on your toes.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good, but enjoyed her other books more I enjoyed this book, but had a hard time relating to the characters. The main character doesn't want a baby, and is willing to sacrifice everything to stay child free. I recommed reading it, but it won't be on my 'highly recommend' list.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what can i say... Baby Proof is amazing! Can’t put it down!!! Going over this situation at this moment made me think allot about what I really want in life at this moment. You can easily put yourself into this character’s shoe and believe that it is a true one since that writing is so good and it keeps you hook until the end and you can hardly wait for the next one to come out! Good work on this one and keep it up :-)
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as I thought it would be I expected this book to follow or update on the previous 2 books, which it does not. I was somewhat disappointed by that, however, it is a good book, I could not put it down. I recomend it to anyone who enjoyed Emily Giffin's first 2 books. Happy Reading!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get Beach Read!! I have really enjoyed Emily Giffin's other 2 novels. Something Borrowed and Something Blue when I saw that she had another book out I was excitted and my expectations were very high. Well Emily did it again! This book was great! It is light enough for a beach read yet it does make you think especially if you are a woman who has always contemplated having children. From the moment I picked it up I was drawn into the life of the main character and I couldn't put the book down. I would highly recommend this book!!
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book! I have read all of Emily Giffin's books and think that Baby Proof is her best. It's just as fun and witty as her first two books but tackles a larger subject matter (the whole baby issue). I think that there is a real maturity in the writing in this book and everything that made her first two books so irresistible (great characters, unpredictible storylines, dead-on descriptions of private feelings and thoughts) are here in this new one. This one may seem slower at first, but I thoght it was more true to life than her other books - or, at least a little bit less dramatic. But that is not a criticism, it is the strength of this book - even if you don't relate to Claudia and her child free stance, you will be able to relate to what she is feeling and experiencing as she does her soul searching about the man she loves. That is what makes Giffin such a great writer and what makes this book her most emotionally satisfying. You will LOVE this book!
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emily Giffin Amazing Yet Again! Baby Proof was yet another example of how great a writer Emily Giffin is! I could not put this book down; I read it in two sittings!!! Baby Proof is written so well it's absolutely hard to believe that it's fiction. I LOVED IT and cannot wait for her to publish her next book. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Baby Proof to anyone who likes chick lit, and anyone who can appreciate a great book that can stir up a few questions about the make-and-break of relationships :) ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought it was all right. I was really excited when I saw this book on the new release wall, and immediately snatched it up. I thought that it was going to be a continuation of the first two books Something Borrowed and Something Blue. To my surprise it was not. I enjoyed the story, but felt that at some points it dragged, and just wanted to get on with it. It's a good summer read, but definitely not as good as her first two books.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different - but amazing! I absolutely loved Emily's first two books, and grabbed this one as soon as it came out. I will admit that I was slightly surprised with how quickly the plot emerged and then how it took awhile to find out what happens....but trust me, you won't be at all disappointed with the end. Although I wanted certain events to take place (and often times they did not!), I truly believe that this book is a great example of a real love story. As she said herself, it shows "what you will do - or won't do for love". And, in great Emily Giffin style, there are lots of good laughs along the way. Let's keep our fingers crossed that she comes out with a new book soon!!
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Book failure. Giffen did a good job with Something Borrowed. The storyline was catchy and it was difficult to put it down. The same followed with the sequel. However, with Baby Proof, Giffen failed to deliver a book that was clever, funny and witty. Unfortunately for all the readers out there who will buy the book based on the popularity of the first two books (fortunately for Giffen), this book is something that is bound to show up in the discounted pile once all the excitement about Giffen dies down.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not as good as the others I was really excited for this book to come out. I was hoping that her next book would have jumped again and overlapped with her last book. Although, it was still good. I started reading it and was wondering what was going to happen in the next 300 pages because everything seemed to happen in the first paragraph. Even though i was hoping the book was going to go in another direction this book is a classic emily Giffin book. It's written like the others and leaves you with a certain amount of curiousity at the end. I recommend picking it up if u liked the two previous books before it.
Date published: 2006-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Summer Fluff Not horrible, but hardly literature. An easy beach read with just a little depth.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read!! It was definitely a good book...I finished it within a couple of days...although I thought her other books were definitely better. I would highly recommend this one...its very much like the others...just not as much drama in this one!! Its quite funny cause I am going through the same sort of the thing in my life at the moment but the other way round...I really want kids...so it was definitely fitting. Emily Giffin really knows how to write good books and I can't wait for her next one to come out!!
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Unlike most of the other reviews I actually enjoyed this the most of Emily Giffin's books so far. It is a great testement to love, and the various forms it takes and the sacrifices we all make for those we love. When it comes down to it, actions speak louder than words and this book does a great job of showing the true bond of any family is love.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this baby goes with your bath water! Ok, excuse the cheesy title, but I read a ton of Emily Griffin's "baby proof" sitting in the tub! While I didn't enjoy it as much as her previously novel, "Something Borrowed" (I finished that book in one sitting), it was definitely great, and I'd like to see if she further develops some of the minor players in this book like how she followed up "Something Borrowed" with "Something Blue" (oh and don't fret, we get a little info on Ethan and Darcy "baby proof"). Claudia and Ben are a couple who've reached a crossroads in their marriage: Ben wants a baby, and Claudia does not. What ensues is Claudia's journey without Ben, her life with her friends and family deciding what she must do to win Ben back, baby or not. A great book for the beach, a long plane ride, or just even to pick up at random intervals around the house; I cannot wait to see what Griffin pens next!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the others but a great Summer Read I found this book hugely entertaining and easy to relate to!! However, I found that she added too many characters in this book (compared to Something Borrowed and Something Blue). In fact, that is why I enjoyed the other books so much- because you got a chance to really get to know all of the characters. A great summer read- ENJOY!!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from very readable This is a great beach book and very readable. It was somewhat predictable but very entertaining just the same. I recemmend it as a great summer read.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was alright Thought Something Borrowed and Something Blue were both good books, was looking quite forward to the release of Baby Proof. Emily's third book was fairly good, was expecting something a little different, but found it to be ok in the end. I think I will continue to read Emily Giffin's future books.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolute Delight! If you have read Emily Griffins other books this one is a must have, if you haven't read her other books its still a goodie!! She is an awesome writer and if your just hitting your thirties, crazy busy at work, dating hotties, and some how fit drama into your schdule this book is for you. Baby Proof is just another great book to add to Griffin's collections the only problem is waiting for her next book to arrive, the drama is just to scrumptious. I give this book 2 thumbs up!!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A love story with a twist?! I liked this book- although I enjoyed Something Borrowed and Something Blue somewhat more. This book left me wanting more... I guess I'll have to wait to see if there will be a continuation. This love story was not as interesting as the previous two books... but like the other books, I will definately read this one again, and again...
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it, But..... Couldn't wait to read this one after buying and subsequently finishing both "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" within hours of each other... but it was missing something. Not a huge fan of the ending.. but the other 339 pages were awesome :P
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining, easy to read, love the characters! I love Emily Giffin style. I fell in love with the two first book and couldn't wait for Baby Proof. I read it in 3 days, but I didn't feel it was the same as the previous book. I would still recommend the book, but you should really read her other work too. I can't wait for her next one!
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great. I loved Something Borrowed. I liked Something Blue. This one is...alright. I wanted to like it more than I did because I think Giffin is a great writer. It is good. Just not as great or memorable as Something Borrowed.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read - delightfully fun Emily has delivered another winner with her third book. She is gifted in her understanding of human feelings and portrays them so well. If you have not read her first two, grab them!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I loved Emily Giffin's 2 previous books (even met her last year and got 'Something Borrowed' signed!). So I was so glad to hear about this one. It is different from the two pevious ones but still just as good. There are parts of the novel I keep reading over and over again. Even if you've never been in Claudia's situation, you can totally understand her (even if you don't agree with her). Well written, just like all of Giffin's books and there are no huge flaws that would bother anyone in my opinion. I love how all her characters are so likeable, not matter what. I already can't wait for her next one!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect summer read! Great new characters in situations you will definitely identify with! Just as entertaining as Something Borrowed and Something Blue (both of which I recommend). I'm sure there are more and more women out there who wrestle with the same problem of love or babies or both. You'll cry and laugh with Claudia as she tries to decide...the love of her life or reviewing a decision she made years ago? Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as fun as Something Borrowed and Something Bl I enjoyed Emily's two other books so much, Something Borrowed and Something Blue. They were tremendous and I love her characters, I can relate so much and I didn't want to put this book down. Emily Giffin is nice in person too, she is amazing. I thought Sophie Kinsella was the best, but Emily Giffin is my new favourite. This book is awesome, and brings up great questions that every woman thinks about. Fun read!!!!!
Date published: 2006-06-05

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Baby Proof: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.26 × 5.51 × 0.94 in

Published: May 15, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312348657

ISBN - 13: 9780312348656

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BABY PROOF (Chapter One) I never wanted to be a mother. Even when I was a little girl, playing dolls with my two sisters, I assumed the role of the good Aunt Claudia. I would bathe and diaper and cradle their plastic babies and then be on my way, on to more exciting pursuits in the backyard or basement. Grown-ups called my position on motherhood "cute"--flashing me that same knowing smile they give little boys who insist that all girls have cooties. To them, I was just a spunky tomboy who would someday fall in love and fall in line. Those grown-ups turned out to be partially right. I did outgrow my tomboy stage and I did fall in love--several times, in fact--beginning with my high school boyfriend, Charlie. But when Charlie gazed into my eyes after our senior prom and asked me how many children I wanted, I reported a firm "zero." "None?" Charlie looked startled, as if I had just confessed to him a terrible, dark secret. "Why not?" I had a lot of reasons, which I laid out that night, but none that satisfied him. Charlie wasn''t alone. Of the many boyfriends who followed him, none seemed to understand or accept my feelings. And although my relationships ended for a variety of reasons, I always had the sense that babies were a factor. Still, I truly believed that I would someday find my guy, that one person who would love me as is, without condition, without the promise of children. I was willing to wait for him. But around the time I turned thirty, I came to terms with the fact
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From the Publisher

A novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

Claudia Parr has everything going for her. A successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan, she''s also a devoted sister, aunt, and friend. Yet she''s never wanted to become a mother--which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she desperately wants. Then she meets her soul mate Ben who, miraculously, feels the same way about parenthood. The two fall in love and marry, committed to one another and their life of adventure and discovery. All''s well until one of them has a change of heart. Someone wants a baby after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things and there is no compromise. It''s about deciding what is most important in life and wagering everything to get it. And most of all, it''s about the things we will--and won''t--do for love.

From the Jacket

Praise for the novels of Emily Giffin:
On "Something Blue":
"Giffin''s writing is warm and engaging; [a] captivating tale."
--"Booklist ("starred review)""
"Highly entertaining . . . Despite a happy ending, Giffin raises thorny questions."
--"Boston"" Globe" ""
"Witty and compelling."
--"Charlotte Observer"
"The author''s impressive knack for intimacy and insight . . . sparkles in this delightful novel."
--"Hamptons"""
"Smartly written . . . lightly rendered lessons about what really matters in life."
--"Winston-Salem"" Journal"
"Giffin''s plotting and prose are so engaging."
--"Chicago"" Sun-Times"
On "Something Borrowed": ""
"Both hilarious and thoughtfully written . . . You may never think of friendships--their duties, the oblique dances of power and their give-and-take--quite the same way again."
--"Seattle"" Times"
"Sharply observed and beautifully etched."
--"Newark"" Star-Ledger"
"Page-turning, heartbreakingly honest."
--"Entertainment Weekly," Grade A
"Delightful...winning and real."
--"Glamour"
"Sprightly . . . dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity, and genuine warmth."
--"Sarasota"" Herald-Tribune"
"Captures what it''s like to be thirty and single in the city, when your life pretty much revolves around friendships and love and their attendant complexities."
--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
"A thrill to read."
--"Washington"" Post"

About the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, which has been adapted as a major motion picture. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her family. To learn more, visit www.emilygiffin.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Giffin''s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real." — Entertainment Weekly "Smart, snappy...sure to provoke discussion." — People "[An] entertaining and unpredictable quest." — Redbook "[A] wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker." — New York Times "When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, best-selling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. [BABY PROOF] examines the great lengths people go for each other, and is filled with great female characters." — San Francisco Chronicle "Thoughtful…The idea that someone, especially a woman, might sincerely just not want to have children is a stubborn taboo. Giffin carefully navigates its implications, drawing Claudia as both painfully self-aware and prone to bouts of romantic naivete…[and] paints [her] heartbreak at losing Ben with sensitivity and grace." — Chicago Sun-Times "One of the sharpest writers out there…profound, humorous, and reveals layers about a woman''s deepest desires." — Arizona Republic "Thought-provoking meditation on our culture''s focus on parenthood and family." — Washington Post "Emily Giffin [is a] creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional.  Complicated and unexpected." — Atlanta Journal Constitution "[The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good f
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Bookclub Guide

From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn''t that what all women want?
Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.
This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It''s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was---and that there is no possible compromise. It''s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it''s about the things we will do---and won''t do---for love.
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