Book Review – Accidentally on Purpose by Mary Pols

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Last month I was lucky enough to score an advance copy of the premiere episode of the new CBS series Accidentally On Purpose. I enjoyed the show tremendously and have added it to my DVR season pass list. When I was offered the opportunity to review the book that the series was based on I couldn’t pass it up.

From the back cover – At thirty-nine, movie critic Mary Pols knew she wanted to have a baby. But never-not in a million years-on her own. When she finds herself unexpec­tedly expecting, she plunges into the greatest adventure of her life. With humor, insight, and compelling honesty, Pols reveals what it means to compromise in the name of love and to find joy in an accidental life, suddenly brimming with purpose.

The book Accidentally on Purpose: The True Tale of a Happy Single Mother is the true story of author Mary Pols. I thought the book would be the same as the series but it is not. That’s not to say it’s better or worse, it’s just to say that it’s different. Mary is still a film critic approaching middle age that has had numerous failed relationships. Throughout the book Mary writes in detail of her feelings. I think she was insecure about who she was. Mary has a one night stand with Matt, a man ten years younger, and gets pregnant. The two decide to try to have a good relationship and raise the child together. Matt is unemployed and far less than ambitious, two things that really bother Mary. He’s also not romantically interested in her. Eventually baby boy Dolan is born and both Mary and Matt embark on the next path in the journey of life. I enjoyed how personal she was in her story of getting to know Matt the man child and later semi-single parenting an infant. The book is full of emotion that she conveys very well. The reader can actually feel when Mary is angry, frustrated and sad. It was interesting to read how she came to terms with her relationship with Matt.

Many of the stories in this book are universal and you’ll find yourself nodding your head because you’ve been in similar situations. Mothers of all backgrounds will find this real life story interesting and want to add it to their collection.

A special thanks to Role Mommy for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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pat. October 15, 2009 - 1:31 pm

I wish I had gotten an advance copy to read…. Glad you enjoyed it.

Karen October 15, 2009 - 10:07 pm

This sounds like such a good book. By the way, how are you doing?

kim June 11, 2010 - 7:04 pm

actually i just read mary Pols movie review for the girl with the dragon tattoo. I take umbrage with her view that Steig Larrsson wrote this book so as to be able to get to the real reason that is to write about sadism. that is an insult to his memory and the person he was. His character Blomkvist showed that there are men who truly love women and want to understand them and can be both manly and available. Steig larrsson spent his adult life promoting thru his journalism social democracy and so thats what i wanted to say.


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