Book Review: Confessions of a Domestic Failure

August 31, 2017

Confessions of a Domestic Failure
Bunmi Laditan
336 pages
Hard copy edition

From the Publisher:

There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?

With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.


I experienced a little slice of heaven the other day.  My youngest started preschool and I don’t start working until next week, so I was able to visit the library all on my own! Seriously.  It was so peaceful!  I was able to finish a book I had been reading and browse on my own!  I got to take home a big stack of books just for me.  Confessions of a Domestic Failure was one of those books.  I’ll admit, this isn’t a normal pick for me.  But my reading has been hit and miss this year and so I decided to give it a try.  Sometimes when you’re in a reading rut you just need to change things up, right?

I’m so glad I decided to try it!  This book was HILARIOUS! I was seriously laughing out loud at parts and my kids thought I was nuts.

I’m not a drinker – but I did prop my feet up and have a big Diet Coke on hand while I enjoyed this book.  It was just so entertaining and I couldn’t put it down.

The book was fun and light and easy to read.  I actually read it all in one day – which sadly hasn’t happened to me in a long, long time.  I know there are some negative reviews out there about this book – about how it is the whole reason we have mommy wars – whatever.  It did have some pretty funny stereo types.  If you read it knowing it is making fun of a few things – it’s totally funny!  If you are reading it and are looking to get offended – you will! But really – as funny as this book was –  I loved the message that it broke down at the end.  I totally have adopted the view that all mom’s are just doing their best with what they have.  Assume all people are doing the best they can. Don’t judge.  Try not too anyway. Everyone is just doing the best they can.

“Moms can’t win with any of you. If we work, we ‘re neglecting our children. If we stay home, we’re wasting our lives. If we don’t breastfeed, we’re failures. If we do, we need to do it in the dark, under the blanket, on a different planet so we don’t offend your fragile, weak sensitivities. Give a mother a freaking break!”

I loved this book – it was a fun and quick read.  I would recommend it if you want to see a realistic, funny view on motherhood and life.  For me, it was a breath of fresh air!

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