Book Review: No-One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs, by Tracy Bloom

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Ben is still desperately trying to forget that Katy had a one-night stand just before she announced she was pregnant. Nine months later a new baby explodes into their lives creating utter chaos.

As a lack of sleep, a lack of trust and a lack of…sex! wreaks havoc upon their lives, it seems like there is no returning to the way they were. That is until Ben comes up with the answer to get them back on track. A role swap!

But being a stay-at-home dad isn’t as simple as it seems, in fact it’s a disaster. Help comes when Ben least expects it and arrives, in the most unlikely form, of the wife of Katy’s ex-lover. Should Ben tell Katy about his secret rescuer or is it his turn to keep a secret…? Can any relationship survive NO SEX, endless lies and conversations about nappy rash?

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No-one Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs begins where No One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday left off – but don’t worry if you’re like me and haven’t read that yet, because it reads perfectly well as a stand alone.

Katy and Ben have just had a baby, and it’s fair to say that parenting hasn’t exactly come naturally to them. The fact that Katy had a one-night stand with an old flame just before getting pregnant has definitely not helped the situation, despite the fact that they’ve decided to move forward. With Katy missing her job, and Ben not earning enough to keep them in his, he decides a role-swap could be the answer to their prayers. How hard could it possibly be?

Very. Very hard, is the answer to his question. But with his pride at stake, Ben refuses to turn to Katy for help, and finds it instead with the overly-organised, ‘perfect’ mother, who happens to be married to the man Katy slept with. Naturally, hilarity ensues.

This was such a fun and fast-paced read, full of little twists and turns to keep you on your toes and having you cringing with laughter at every turn, and deliciously sweet ending to round it all off.

I totally connected to both Ben and Katy, and understood both their frustrations. We are also graced with some fantastic secondary characters – namely Ben’s rather dimwitted best friend, Braindead, who comes out with some right crackers, and Katy’s friend and colleague, Daniel, who is pretty damn fabulous and I kinda wanted him to be my BFF.

What I loved most is the overall message that shone from this book: there is no bloody right way to do it! Having a baby is god damn hard work, especially your first, and you are going to be bamboozled with an information overload of people telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. Sometimes you just have to work out how things work for you.

All in all, a fantastically upbeat and raucously funny book, that I whole-heartedly recommend.

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Release date: 23 June 2015
Publisher: Lawsome Books
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