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When I was sent the information for this book I could hardly pass it up could I? As a blogger who is a mummy (I wouldn’t necessarily categorise myself as a Mummy blogger as I also have a major focus on health and chronic illness), I was intrigued to see what happened in the story of these three women.
The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright
‘Hilarious, warm, witty and oh so real’ Jo Elvin, Editor of You Magazine, Mail on Sunday
Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past.
Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids.
Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend precious moments with her kids before bedtime.
All three share a label that they simultaneously relish and loathe: mummy blogger. And when they are nominated for an award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds-and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger, their stunts get crazier – and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide.
What Reviewers and Readers Say:
‘Wildly entertaining’ Jodi Gibson
‘Fun, witty, and beautifully expletive-ridden‘ Read the Write Act
‘The freshest, funniest new voice in fiction since Liane Moriarty’ Mia Freedman
‘If you’re looking for a fast paced read that will have you awkwardly smiling in public, GET THIS BOOK’ Summer Lane
‘Funny, perceptive and a must-read‘ Better Reading
What I Thought
I found this book funny, warm, shocking and realistic. The three bloggers included in the story showed some of the extremes people can go to to create the Instagram perfect lifestyle that maybe they want, or that they want to at least portray.
I was slightly horrified by the lengths that Elle goes to, to project as seemingly perfect image of herself, her family and her life. What worried me even more was I am sure this sort of thing really goes go on, maybe not always to the very lengths she goes to but all the same!
Abi seems more realistic but she is frustrating at the same time. Her blog is a space for green, eco friendliness but she, like most people, ‘slips’ occasionally. Whereas personally, I would want someone to show that side of themselves as no one is perfect, she begins to project an image which is so far removed from herself online, with some pretty extreme opinions.
Liesl was probably the mum who I connected with the most. She is a working mum and is happy to write about the torubles of being busy at work and home. Following a horrible and scary situation with a ‘troll’, Liesl starts to realise she has a platform to make a difference and that being a wife and mum, while not always a bed of roses, can be enjoyed and celebrated.
A great read whether you are yourself a blogger, or you enjoy reading them and following them on platforms like Instagram. I think any fan of ‘chick-lit’ style fiction will like this one, and perhaps even be able to spot some of the traits in these women in people they follow online. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a light hearted read though, as I think it contains a stark warning about the perils of posting online and trying to create an image of someone rather than just being you.
Where To Buy
The Author – Holly Wainwright
Originally from Manchester, Holly lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a journalist and editor, originally working in travel and celebrity magazines and now online as Head of Entertainment at Mamamia. Holly hosts a parenting podcast and has two small children.
I really enjoyed this one and read the second half in just two nights as I wanted to see what would happen!Let me know if you pick it up and what you think of the characters and their online lives,
Thank you to Legend Press for including me on this blog tour. I was gifted the book in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links do not affect your purchase in any way but may earn the blog some extra pennies – thank you. Check out other reviews of this book at the blogs listed below