Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes

Berkley. Sept. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780593198896. pap. $16. F
Jude Andrews is what they call “Insta-famous.” From her Pilates-toned body to her sun-kissed filtered photos, she presents her followers with snapshots of her perfect life through the haze of Instagram. What the camera doesn’t capture is her dysfunctional relationship with her mother, or how her father’s death affected her. Meanwhile, her best friend since grade school, Lauren Turner, has a wildly different life, complete with five-year-old daughter June whom she’s singlehandedly and unexpectedly raising. When June’s father comes back into the picture and wants full custody, Lauren and Jude decide to move in together and start their own podcast about motherhood (Lauren’s specialty) with a side of martinis (Jude’s specialty). Jude hopes the pivot will help her keep up appearances online, while Lauren hopes to retain custody of June. Full of laughter, romance, and a few startup scares, the latest from sports romance author Martin (Snapped; Blitzed) packs a punch.
VERDICT Readers of this hilarious, heartfelt novel will feel like they’re chatting with their BFF. It dives deep into family issues but keeps readers on their toes as Jude and Lauren deal with what life throws at them.
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