Review: The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center

Title:  The Bright Side of Disaster

Author: Katherine Center

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Sypnosis: Jenny Harris always expected that she’d fall in love, get married, and have a baby–in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned; she’s happy to have so much to look forward to. But Dean–whom Jenny loves enough to overlook his bad facial hair, his smoking habit, and his total commitment to a cheesy cover band–is acting distant, and not in a pre-wedding-jitters kind of way. The night he runs out for cigarettes and just doesn’t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor.
And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

Status: Read on October 03, 2010

My Thoughts:

The Bright Side of Disaster was a quick, light read but for me the actual plot lacked any real depth.
Center illustrates Jenny’s struggles with her unexpected single motherhood with honesty and humor. I recognised that helicopter mothering you do with your first child, the inability to have a shower for days at a time and that all consuming craving for sleep. Less realistic was her lack of concern for finances – I couldn’t really figure out exactly how she was supporting herself though I assume Dean’s parents and her parents were doing so. As a mother of 4 myself(with 3 born in 3 years), the challenges of motherhood of one child weren’t sufficient to drive the plot for me.
Mostly, the secondary characters were a little weak. The best friends role was superfluous, and Jenny’s parent’s could have been stronger. Even though Dean is absent for much of the novel he had a stronger presence than John, who remained one dimensional for me. The attraction between Jenny and John was predictable and convenient, with little shown under the surface.
The Bright Side of Disaster is a pleasant read but one that is almost immediately forgettable.
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