Rebecca is 42, has a beautiful child and a wonderful husband. But she just hasn’t been feeling herself recently…
Rebecca thinks a great night out should involve a packet of Marlboro’s, six double vodkas and snogging a colleague. Not gormlessly drinking a zero-alcohol No-hito while Instagramming a vegan chicken wing.
Rebecca wants to ride on a Harley Davidson, to crowd surf till dawn, then collapse in a heap after swigging from a bottle of Jack Daniels . . . not sit in a soul-destroying meeting surrounded by ‘blue sky thinking’ and men half her age who interrupt all the time.
She’s had enough of commuting to an office that is so cold people have to wear blankets all day. And she can’t help asking herself why her adorable daughter must spend all week in a containment zone for pre-schoolers.
Rebecca wants to feel that there’s MORE coming her way, rather than less . . .
In short – Rebecca wants out.
But where to?
I found out about this book accidentally whilst on Instagram one day when I found Anniki Sommerville on there and started to follow her. Within days I was hooked on her Instagram stories! She’s one of the funniest people I follow and I love her use to GIFs to show how she’s feeling about her day to day life. She’s also gone through some struggles this year but her content has remained so relevant, poignant and real that I have laughed with her…and cried with her. So I knew I wanted to read her debut fiction novel Motherwhelmed. Thankfully a snowy afternoon after Christmas meant I could cuddle up on the sofa and devour Motherwhelmed from cover to cover. And I loved it!
Rebecca is struggling. She should be the happiest she’s ever been but her job isn’t fulfilling her and motherhood is a challenge that she wasn’t expecting. Her relationship with her husband seems to have taken to a back seat too and she’s not quite sure how to bring it all back together again. She’s part of the generation that are supposed to have it all but why is it so hard?
Rebecca made me laugh but she also had me cringing at the things she said and did especially at work! Things had obviously changed in the workplace for her so I wasn’t sure why she was still there because I would have left if my colleagues had spoke to me like that! And the text messages that she received during her working day from her daughters nursery had me in fits of laughter because they were so true to life! I’m sure of many of us will recognise the guilty feelings brought on by balancing work and children and Anniki Sommerville brings her own brand of humour to the situations created here. You’ll be in stitches!
Parenthood is never easy no matter how prepared you are! But Anniki Sommerville has delivered an hilarious storyline that feels so relevant and full of those dramas women have to cope with day in and day out. You’ll never look at the other mothers in the park the same way again!
Anniki Sommerville is a part-time writer and previously edited the parenting blog Selfish Mother. She is co-founder of The Hotbed Collective- a book (‘More Orgasms Please’) and podcast.
She has two daughters, lives in London and works part-time in marketing. ‘Motherwhelmed’ is her first novel.