Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter

Recently I wanted to download a new book and was trying to pick one of the books off of the Chick Lit 100 list and just couldn’t decide.  I asked my lovely boyfriend to pick a random number from 1 to 100 and he chose 73, which was this book, “Odd Mom Out” by Jane Porter.

Marta is a single mother raising a 9-year old daughter named Eva.  Eva does not act like typical 9-year olds and it seems like she’s maybe 12 or 13 instead.  Marta and Eva have moved from New York City back to Seattle to be closer to Marta’s ailing mother.  The other parents who live in the wealthy suburbs of Seattle are comprised of a mix of Microsoft-working dads and stay-at-home moms; Marta just doesn’t fit in.  Oh, and by the way, Eva was conceived by a sperm donor, so she’s never had a father-figure in her life.  Eva has become obsessed with two things: marrying off her mother and fitting in at school with her snobby, rich classmates.

Here’s where I become iffy about the storyline.  Marta runs her own advertising agency and doesn’t wear designer clothes and rides a Harley.  Eva wants her to dress pretty and look like the other moms in their fancy clothes and nice cars.  Marta seems happy doing her own thing and doesn’t want to change and doesn’t WANT to fit in.  Yet she does make an effort to try, just to make Eva happy, and even starts to volunteer at the school with the snotty moms because that’s what Eva wants.  Now, I don’t have kids, but I’m sure that a parent would do anything to make their child happy.  But would you do that to sacrifice your own happiness and uniqueness?  I’m not sure.  I didn’t really like that message… do you really have to change if there’s nothing wrong with the way you are?  Who cares if you are different?

Marta does end up meeting a man that she is crazy about – the first time she’s dated in the 9 years that Eva’s been alive.  As she falls head over heels for Luke, she finds out some things about him that she doesn’t like, because it goes against everything she believes in (hint: he’s more like one of “them” than he is like her).  She has to weigh her options and think about what is more important to her.

I am really not sure how I feel about this book.  It wasn’t bad to read, but I just didn’t like the whole idea of “you have to change to fit in”.  I think that sends a bad message.  But that’s just me.

Jane Porter has some other chick lit books out that I’d like to check out, though.  Apparently, she also writes Harlequin romance novels.  Yeah… I don’t think “The Sicilian’s Defiant Mistress” will be on my reading list.

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