2.5*, book review

Review: Buy Buy Baby by Helen MacKinven.


Buy Buy Baby by Helen MacKinven.


My 2.5* review: 

I really wanted to like Buy Buy Baby. There are not many books that talk about single women wanting to have a child and issues that they deal with.

There was quite a lot to like about Buy Buy Baby but unfortunately, I also found that there was a lot that frustrated me. The two main characters were both unlikeable, often this is ok in a book but in this case, it definitely affected my enjoyment. And while the concept of how far you would go to find the money to have a much longed for baby is an interesting one I felt that something just didn’t fit.

The biggest niggle that I had is that both Carol and Julia were intelligent women, yet they were totally taken in by a man who wanted a large amount of money for what they wanted. They both took his word for it that his was the simplest solution and so set about finding the money. They ignored the many potential problems around what they were doing and neither seemed to look into much safer and more affordable options. I found that this grated on me throughout the book and I would have quite happily shouted at Carol and Julia to wake up think about what they were doing!!

I also found the Scottish speak in the book made it harder for me to read, being dyslexic it doesn’t take much to make reading more difficult and as a Londoner who is not familiar with Scottish accents it made reading more challenging.

Having said that Buy Buy Baby was well written and the story flowed well. I still think that it is great that there is a book dealing with the subject matter, I just wish that it had been done slightly more realistically.

I was sent a copy of Buy Buy Baby by the author Helen MacKinven. My review is impartial and has not been affected by this.


What price tag would you put on a baby?

Set in and around Glasgow, Buy Buy Baby is a moving and funny story of life, loss and longing.
Packed full of bitchy banter, it follows the bittersweet quest of two very different women united by the same desire – they desperately want a baby.
Carol talks to her dog, has an expensive eBay habit and relies on wine to forget she’s no longer a mum following the death of her young son.
Cheeky besom Julia is career-driven and appears to have it all. But after disastrous attempts at internet dating, she feels there is a baby-shaped hole in her life.
In steps Dan, a total charmer with a solution to their problems.
But only if they are willing to pay the price, on every level…

‘Buy Buy Baby is energised by the biological clocks of its main characters, and deals with complex issues of grief, betrayal, abuse, ageing, donor anonymity and single parenthood. A cracker of a read.’ – Helen Fitzgerald, Author of Viral


Buy Buy Baby by Helen MacKinven is available now from Amazon UK.

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