Baby Proof

By Emily Giffin

Baby Proof

 3.7 

Baby Proof

42 Quotes    3.7 

A novel comes from the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue, exploring the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love? Love comes first. Then comes the wedding. Then a. . baby carriage comes? Not all women want that? For Claudia Parr, not so. ... And just as she surrenders to find a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. When they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage, things seem too good to be true. Then comes the unexpected: one of them is having a heart change. After all, one of those wants kids. This is the witty, heartfelt story of what happens to the perfect couple when they want different things all of a sudden. It's about feeling your life is set, and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was—and that no compromise is possible. It's about deciding what's most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, for love, it's about the things we're going to do—and won't.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    St. martin's press

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Jun 13, 2006

  • ISBN

    0312348649 , 9780312348649

  • FORMAT

    Hardcover

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    340

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Baby Proof

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Quotes from Baby Proof

I think I hoped for something more. Maybe I even hoped that I could find in Richard what I had with Ben. But it is suddenly very clear: Richard is not fallin in love with me and I'm not falling in love with Richard. We are not creating anything permanent or special. We are only having fun together. It is a fling- a fling just like he said last night- a fling with an ending yet to be determined. I feel relieved to have it defined

You can't quantify love, and if you try, you can end up focusing on misleading factors. Stuff that really has more to do with personality-the fact that some people are simply more expressive or emotional or needy in a relationship. But beyond such smokescreens, the answer is there. Love is seldom-almost never-an even proposition.

I miss him in so many ways, but right now I miss him in the way you always miss someone when you're single among a room full of couples.

You can love someone you mistrust.

He was uncomplicated and upbeat and easy. At one point, I might have thought these traits made him a simpleton, but now I think they just translate to happiness.

I was aware that we were both silently making those inevitable comparisons, putting our relationship in context. She is more this and less that. He is better or worse in these ways. It is human nature to do this--unless its your first relationship, which might be the very reason that your first relationship feels special and remains forever sacred. But the older you get, the more cynical you become, and the more complicated and convoluted the exercise is. You begin to realize that nothing is perfect, that there are trade-offs and sacrifices. The worst is when someone in your past trumps the person in the present, and you think to yourself: if I'd known this, then maybe I wouldn't have let him go.

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The characters, puppets of the plot’s contrivances, dance around the central question...Fewer punches pulled might have made this a knockout.

...it's just disappointing when an author takes on a somewhat controversial subject and, instead of tackling it head-on, takes the easy way out.

The ending felt rushed, and everything seemed to be tied up a little too neatly and unrealistically.

...the childless-by-choice plot line produces above-average tension.

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