Feature book: Be My Baby
Anna and her boyfriend Finn are leading exciting lives in London. Both have jobs that keep them in the forefront of what’s happening, and even though Anna occasionally questions if this is the type of work she has dreamed of doing as a journalist, it’s a glamorous job that often gives her the chance to attend the most exciting events in London. Finn is somewhat scathing of the magazine’s content, publishing dirt on the rich and famous, but Anna dismisses his comments as intellectual snobbery.
Finn, on the other hand, is anticipating a once in a lifetime opportunity in his career and whether being with Anna will help or hinder his possible future prospects. Having been together for five years, both insanely busy with their jobs, their relationship is the least exciting part of it all. When Anna is faced with her crazy friend from Australia, putting the pressure on Anna for help, Finn is far from impressed and wondering whether now is the time to pack up and leave.
Helena hasn’t been able to make a go of anything. She’s dropped out of several university courses and lost her job over and over. Then she falls pregnant, and the baby’s father has no intention of being around. In fact, he’s already long gone. Her parents have given up on her, and there’s only Anna who cares. But even though she’s extremely supportive, Helena can’t help but resent the glamorous life that Anna is leading in London, meeting famous people, not stuck in Adelaide in a tiny flat with a young baby. Despite her best efforts to stick it out and give her baby the best opportunities she can, she’s already feeling that life is being unfair to her yet again.
When Helena shows up in London, pleading with Anna to help her out, Anna is torn between the need to help her friend or give in to Finn’s ultimatum to concentrate on him and their relationship. When Helena disappears, leaving Anna literally holding the baby, Anna’s life spins into chaos. The only person willing to give her any help and support is her annoying neighbour, Luke.
I really enjoyed this story. Told in three points of view, it is a roller-coaster of a story as relationships unravel and weave in different ways as each person comes to terms with what they really want out of life. I’m really impressed with this storyteller and wonder what other clever tales she has written. I’m off to check her out. I suggest, readers, if you like a bit of that out-of-date term ‘chick lit’ (what’s replaced it?), you should give this a go. Fun read.
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.