Just as she brought her quick wit to the situation of becoming a wife in Diary of a Mad Bride, Laura Wolf brings that same wit and her unforgettable character Amy Thomas to the world of pregnancy in her new book, Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be. Amy has been married a little over two years and has just started a new job — not the ideal situation for first-time motherhood. However, the urge to procreate hits her out of the blue, and Amy mercilessly hounds her husband until he finally agrees that they should try to become parents.
After a few tries, Amy’s pregnancy stick turns blue and she enters the world of swollen ankles, continuous vomiting and the hyper sense of smell she labels "dog nose." In the same way she told the story of Amy’s wedding preparations, Laura Wolf tells of her motherhood woes in diary form with short, sometimes hilarious entries. The chapters fly by as Amy explains, in detail, her ever-widening body, her frequent trips to the bathroom and her nagging fear that she won’t be a good mother.
The best part of both of Laura Wolf’s books has been the fabulously real character of Amy Thomas. Any woman who has ever experienced job changes, clothes that don’t fit, backstabbing co-workers or insensitive husbands will relate to Amy and laugh along with her many forays into the world of preparing for motherhood. Whether it’s registering for her baby shower, picking out maternity clothes or trying to decide on baby names, experiencing events with Amy is inevitably funny and heart-warming.
Readers, however, should be advised that reading Diary of a Mad Bride before trying this book will help them understand the characters better and will set a better framework for enjoying Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be. They should also be advised that, even at 321 pages, the book seems much shorter since many of its pages are taken up with repetitive lists. The book can easily be finished in a day or two of reading.
Anyone who has ever experienced pregnancy or is thinking about becoming a parent should get a kick (and some useful information) out of Laura Wolf’s second book. Even those who aren’t involved in the parenting world will find the misadventures of Amy Thomas to be amusing and insightful. The only thing we’re left to wonder now is, what mad role will Amy Thomas take on in Wolf’s next book?