The Hungover Games: A True Story

Little, Brown. Jul. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780316499064. $27. BIOG
Journalist Heawood chronicles life and motherhood; notably, after a series of events led her to believe that she could not get pregnant for medical reasons. Heawood, who still enjoys her clubbing nights out, juggles those nights sans alcohol and drugs and still tries to live her best life in the dating world. What follows is a series of dating experiences that alternate between laugh-out-loud funny and cringe-worthy. Throughout, Heawood maintains her dry sense of humor and perspective as she deals with an unexpected pregnancy. While much of the narrative details her pregnancy, later chapters cover the balance of new motherhood as a single parent and the author’s love relationships. Heawood finds herself straddling two worlds, still trying to steal a few hours away to indulge what she describes as the eternal optimism of singleness, believing her life’s great love must be just around the corner. Instead, she finds a new sense of parenthood culminating in the ultimate realization that perhaps her family is complete as a twosome.
VERDICT Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Sex in the City, Heawood’s entertaining account should appeal to fans of similar memoirs on single parenting, motherhood, and relationships.
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