Chicklit Club



Trying - Emily Phillips (2018)


Olivia and Felix are happily married but in the last eighteen months, their lives have revolved around their efforts to have a baby and their marriage is starting to be affected by it. Medical appointments, their crazy work lives, and their parents' needs make it harder for the couple to find the time to be by themselves. In addition, all their friends seem to have no problem having children and they are constantly invited to birthday parties, find-out-the-gender parties, and a guys-only day out is not the same thing when you are the only one without a child.
Although I enjoyed this novel, I found the character of Olivia irritating with the choices she makes and her behaviour. In the end, she redeems herself a little and I liked how the author decided to end the novel. An insightful exploration into the life of a woman who's struggling to have a child, this is an enjoyable novel with a few funny moments but also a bit of emotional drama. (NP)

Rating 7/10

Trying, the debut novel by Grazia features director Emily Phillips, is about what to expect when you're not expecting. The summary says: "Olivia and Felix are trying for a baby. They even moved to the suburbs in anticipation of their future family.
But despite approaching her cycle and their sex life with military precision, there's still no sign of what felt like the sure next step, whilst friends' broods seem to be growing by the week.
Meanwhile, vying for a promotion at work under the (very attentive) watch of a new boss sends Olivia down a dangerous road of risking it all. Does a happy ever after, she starts to question, even have to include a baby?" Trying is out in January 2018.

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