Book Review: Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan


My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

I received a copy of Confessions of a Domestic Failure through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Harlequin and to Bunmi Laditan for the opportunity.

Confessions 1

There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?

At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

Confessions 2

This book is Mommy Therapy! I laughed out loud SO MANY TIMES while reading. The author has such an honest, real, and humorous perspective on motherhood.

New mom Ashley Keller is definitely entertaining. She is flawed, she is human, she is struggling, and she knows it. She thinks and says things that I have about myself when I was a new mom. She takes “hot mess” to a whole new level. Her struggles are so very real that I had to remind myself that this is a novel.

Ashley makes all of us feel better about ourselves when we don’t feel that we have our s**t  together.

I really enjoyed this book. I will be following @honesttoddler on Twitter so that I can continue to enjoy Bunmi Laditan’s perspective on life.

What I liked:

  • The author’s sharp and witty writing style. She is absolutely HILARIOUS. I laughed about a hundred different times.
  • The plot around the Motherhood Better Bootcamp.
  • The humorous excerpts from Domestic Diva Emily Walker that began each chapter. This character is definitely NOT real!
  • Ashley’s mother-in-law, Gloria, who supports Ashley in her times of need.
  • The references to social media and the guilt, jealousy, and envy that it provokes. It’s very real!
  • The trip to Emily Walker’s home in Napa. The night of debauchery before the show was laugh out loud funny.

What I didn’t like:

  • It’s a bit longer than I anticipated.
  • The middle of the book was a bit slow. Ashley seemed miserable and pathetic without any incentive to help herself. I didn’t feel that she was getting anywhere near coping with her situation or trying to make herself happy.
  • Her husband David was so lame, checked out, and not likeable until the end, but maybe that’s on purpose.

Publish Date: May 2, 2017

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