Review | Feeling Like a Beached Whale by Tammy Page

“(…) Once that bottle is in his mouth however, and his tiny hands are squeezing my fingers and his big eyes are looking up at me, I know there’s something special in that bond. I know whatever happens in life, he will always need his mummy and I will always need my son.” 3/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: midwives, pregnancy tests, vomit, psycho cats, salons, name picking, breakups, scans, customers and cups of tea.

Everywhere Sophie looks, she sees babies! From pregnant celebrities in magazines, to glowing mummies walking down the high street, it seems that life is just one giant reminder. With her body clock ticking, and time running out, Sophie makes a life-changing decision. After all, how bad can pregnancy be?

Feeling Like A Beached Whale is a light-hearted, hilarious, fictitious account of one woman’s pregnancy journey, including all the bits that other books won’t tell you! Follow Sophie as she travels down the path to motherhood, dealing with agonising anxiety, meticulous midwives, and everything in between. Will Sophie make it to her birthing day in one piece? Will it be a boy or a girl? And, will she ever get a moment’s sleep?

Feeling Like a Beached Whale is a funny story that follows the pregnancy journey of a woman named Sophie, from wanting to have a baby to actually getting one. Sophie was a very relatable character and I really liked that about her. I haven’t experienced pregnancy yet, but I feel like everything she felt was very realistic. Some people love being pregnant, some don’t, but either way, it’s still a life-changing, energy-consuming experience.

The story itself is very funny and you will find yourself smiling from time to time. There are a lot of funny scenes here, from Sophie participating in her friend’s childbirth to dealing with her psycho cat, but still, some of my favorite scenes take place at the hair salon! I just loved the hair talk and all the insights you get from a hairdresser while working with customers. I know the focus of the book was not on this, but I wish there were more scenes like those!

I admit I wasn’t expecting that dramatic twist at the end. I have to say that I saw it coming, but I never thought that would ACTUALLY happen. Does this mean that a sequel is coming? And if so, will the next book be focused on other things other than being a new mother?

One thing I found interesting is that I feel like this book is partially autobiographical. It’s normal that authors use their personal experiences to write books, but that was very evident here. I feel like not only Sophie has a very similar personality to Tammy, but the pregnancy journey may be based on one of Tammy’s pregnancies too – but what do I know, I could be wrong! Whether that’s true or not, I think the author did a great job portraying what it is like to experience pregnancy.

With that being said, I think this is a fun, light book to pick if you’re experiencing any stage of pregnancy (from wanting to have a baby to being a new mother). Like I said, I can see a lot of people relating to what Sophie goes through so I think this would be a good book to pick up to see that your feelings and insecurities are perfectly normal.

A big thank you to the author for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.


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