Hey lovelies! It feels like it’s been forever since I last posted a book review for you guys, I’ve literally been so busy lately that it’s taken me about 3 weeks to read ‘Why Mummy Drinks’ by Gill Sims but I enjoyed every last second reading it!
It is Mommy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel at a future of people asking if she wants to come to their yoga class, and book clubs, where everyone is wearing statement scarves and they are all ‘tiddly’ after a glass of Pinot Grigio. But Mommy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’, boasting about Boy Child and Girl Child’s achievements. Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering FML over and over, and then remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
I’d read loads of reviews of this book from other bloggers and it sounded hilarious, most of them have children of their own so could relate to the book a lot more; I however work with children so I can completely understand the struggles ‘mummy’ faces sometimes!
The book opens with a ‘plan’ of how Mummy’s day with the little ones is going to go each day and then a review of how it actually went last year. Honestly this book had me laughing from the first two pages right through until the end. Ellen wants to be ‘feeding her children wholesome homemade breakfasts’ but in reality she is ‘hurling Coco Pops at the children and breaking up a fight over the stupid plastic toy in the cereal box.’
This book is written in a ‘diary entry’ format meaning it was super easy to read a few pages before bed or whenever you have a few minutes spare because it’s not like you have to read a whole chapter that is 30 pages long! The entries start in September and the book finishes at the end of August meaning we get to read about a whole year of Ellen’s life!
My favourite part of this book was definitely the Christmas period, everyone knows how hard it is when you’ve got a lot of family coming for Christmas and you’ve got to please everybody. Ellen’s life is made even harder when she has her ‘posh’ sister and her husband’s ‘hippie’ sister and her partner come to stay along with their 6 children.
I actually had to take a few minutes break from reading this a couple of times because I was laughing so much I couldn’t concentrate on the next part of the story. Gill Sims has written an excellent side splitting novel that so many parents out there will be able to relate to!
The second instalment of Ellen’s life ‘Why Mummy Swears’ is already out and personally I cannot wait to start reading it! So next time you’re strolling round your local supermarket trying to stop your ‘precious moppets’ from throwing £50 worth of rubbish into your trolley take yourself to the book aisle and pick this up, you won’t regret it!
Overall Verdict – 4.5∗
Have you read Why Mummy Drinks yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!