Book Review: “How To Party With An Infant” by Kaui Hart Hemmings


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“How To Party With An Infant” by Kaui Hart Hemmings


“Raising Ellie as a single mom in San Francisco, Mele Bart navigates the mommy minefields to the best of her ability. She’s found her parent group – Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry – who have meaningful playground conversations and complain about the parents who try too hard.

Then Bobby returns with the news he’s getting married and wants Ellie to be the flower girl. Plagued by her obsession over Bobbie and his cheese-making, Napa-residing, ever-so-perfect fiancée, Male seeks a distraction and finds it in a cookbook-writing contest sponsored by the San Francisco Mommy Club. She interviews members of her parenting group for inspiration – the results and explosively, hilariously honest. Mele doesn’t expect to ignite long-latent appetites, both culinary and romantic.

From the author whose work has been lauded as “funny, insightful, and unsentimental” (People); “gorgeous sand smart” (San Francisco Chronicle); “sad and exhilarating” (Chicago Tribune) and who strikes “an enviable balance of humour and gravitas” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), How to Party with an Infant is a poignant and piercing journey through the helicopter parenting of the twenty-first century, guided by the unforgettable Male Bart.”

Rose-Worthy Features

            I loved the sweet moments between Ellie and Mele! There were moments where I was just GUSHING at their sweet mother daughter moments. Not only were there cute moments that made me smile but there were also that had me die laughing. The whole “I want to kiss your butt” moments had me laughing out loud.

            Continuing with the comedy of this book, next is the funny mom club moments. Reading the scenes with all the mom gave me major American House Wife’s vibes. It was funny and ridiculous and probably one of my favorite parts to read.

Thorny Features

            Now despite all my gushing over funny moments, I actually wasn’t the biggest fan of this book and I figured out my reason why. I’m not a mom. There were scenes where all the moms where just talking about motherhood and giving their own opinions and I just couldn’t relate. I’m sixteen and reading about the struggles of motherhood was something I couldn’t really relate too.

Because I couldn’t relate that much to the actual story it was hard to relate to the characters. Mele was nice and all but I feel like I really didn’t get to know her. I feel like I got to know her for a while but then the next chapter her personality completely changed.

The story switched in-between Mele and some of her other friends like Georgia and Henry and honestly, I hated that it switched in-between character. I feel like I enjoyed reading about Mele and Ellie so much that reading about other characters weren’t as entertaining.

Something else that I wasn’t a big fan of was that there were a few weird moments where it changed from third point of view to first and in my opinion that was kind of annoying. I hate it when there’s changed in point of view, it’s confusing and just not my favorite.

Now the plot, hmm where do I begin. Let’s just say I was confused for most of the book. It started off with Mele signing up for a cooking contest but then its mentioned for a while. There’s random moments with Henrys family and honestly, I just didn’t care about what was happening.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 2 out of 5. I feel like this review has been harsh but honestly, I just wasn’t a big fan of this book. I liked the whole idea of reading a book with a single mother because it did remind of Lorelai and Rory. Don’t get me wrong the scenes with Mele and Ellie together were really cute and I liked reading them I just wish there were more. If you have or are planning to read this book make sure to let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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‘How to Party with an Infant’ by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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