Baby Proof: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

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

Baby Proof: A Novel is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 20.

Baby Proof

Emily Griffin

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 3 out of 5 by from A good read An enjoyable book.
Date published: 2013-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent book Similar story line to all her books but a easy enjoyable read
Date published: 2012-12-27
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 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 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 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 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

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Baby Proof: A Novel

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 tha
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From the Publisher

Baby Proof

Emily Griffin

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 several 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.

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 friend while enduring dramatic crises enough for a dozen women." -Elle"Giffin's easy flow lets you
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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.