Title: Crazy, Busy, Guilty
Author: Lauren Sams
“You send emails while singing to your kids in the bath and cooking tomorrow night’s dinner. You braid your kid’s hair while memorising a speech you have to give later. You tuck your kids into bed and race away after the final kiss to finish a report that’s due in the morning. Sometimes, in dark moments, you feel that ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ was written with you in mind. You know it extremely audacious to love both your child and your job. And you sometimes wonder if your life is about to reel right out of your control. I mean, what the hell were you thinking?”
Crazy, Busy, Guilty is the sequel to the hilarious and relatable book She’s Having Her Baby by Lauren Sams. The novel is again focused on protagonist Georgia who, now with a six-month-old baby, must navigate her new life while trying her best to remain sane. She’s been unemployed since she left her editor job at the magazine Jolie while she was pregnant, and after six months of looking after a baby, George is ready to throw herself back into the world of work again and be more than just a walking milk machine. But with pressure from her mum to find a relationship, a best friend on a self-discovery journey, and a posse of mums around her who all seem to be doing a better job then her, will life with a baby all just become too much?
When I read She’s Having Her Baby, I loved George as a character, and the way Sams has written her in this novel, hasn’t changed my love for her at all. There’s something so painful relatable about the way she writes that just makes the novel so endearing and plausible, that you find yourself rooting for the new mum the whole time. Yep, she’s pretty flawed, and she never pretends to be a perfect mum, but that’s what makes her so great.
The humour in the book is on point as well; the Prologue in particular, titled “What kind of mum are you?” was great for the way that George describes loads of types of mums – from the Foodie Mum to the Stylish Mum – who all seem to have it together, before honestly announcing, that she definitely does not. That kind of relatable humour is where the strength of this novel lies. It’s readers can dive into it and get to know the characters with the comfort of knowing how accurate it all is, and how no one really knows what they’re doing, everyone is just trying their best.
Like its predecessor, this book is hilarious and so painfully relatable. I don’t have children, but I can imagine that for someone who does, George represents the honest truth of what’s it’s like to be a mum while also trying to maintain a semblance of a normalcy in their life and career. This book is funny, realistic, and compelling, and to be honest, I would love to be friends with George, so that should be enough of a reason to read this book!