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M is for Mummy

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Still determined to try and have it all, Lucy does whatever it takes to cling onto her career and care for her children, all as she tries to help her extraordinary son find his place in the ordinary world.

Then there's the mummy lit with the funny plot lines about the clueless mummy trying to compete against the neighbourhood yummy mummies. Lucy is a fantastic, though knackered mother, and I applauded her for recognising something within her child, and wanting to act upon it. A brilliant portrayal of a child with autism, the struggle to obtain a diagnosis and the judgy mum club. I also feel increasingly frustrated about the depiction of mothers in so many books who are either stereotypes of a bumbling hot mess or selfish and neglectful. From having worked with some children a bit like Stanley I get the feeling that this is rather authentic, and all the concerns Lucy expresses are realistic and valid.There are no big events, aside from the having the child/children, that shape the nuances of motherhood. As Lucy faces up to the possibility that Stanley is more than just different, she also starts to see where he gets it from - her husband, Ed, who also has autistic traits. You will be laughing out loud, nodding in solidarity, cringe at the mess, and feel the pain deep in your heart. Stanley is extraordinarily gifted when it comes to his love of letters, numbers and body parts and yet he finds many other aspects of life tricky. Lucy begins to realise that maybe Stanley is on the Autistic Spectrum and initially struggles to accept this.

It is a tender and yet hilarious exploration of what life can be like when your family doesn’t fit the mould. This book will resonate with all mums of young children desperately trying to parent, maintain a career, keep on top of the housework and sustain a healthy marriage!Her relationship with her friends provides a sharp contrast to the isolation and rejection she feels when faced with the Queen Bee mum Marsha. The story was so realistic, believable and relatable that at some points I literally thought I’d written a book myself without realising! It is also though a look at parenthood when one of your children is clearly a bit different from the average child.

However ,this may sound like a depressing story, but the author tells it in such a way that each little mishap had me laughing out loud.

As if bringing up two children wasn’t enough, Lucy is concerned about the fact that her once thriving marriage is now completely and utterly devoid of romance. He’s fiercely intelligent, very particular about routines and the way he likes things and is also obsessed with letters, numbers and body parts. Cox has given us a relatable family story that is endearing and one that you can't help but root for, and one you would enjoy spending the company of a few hours in. Although it is only vaguely alluded too in the description the main plot and conflict centers around Lucy's struggles with her older son Stan.

With an extraordinary son to bring up, Lucy intends to show him just how truly special he is as he finds his place in the world. Since giving birth to her second child, Lucy’s life is totally unrecognisable: the romance in her marriage is officially dead and so is the career it took her years to build. She is at breaking point and needs help and answers to the questions on how to deal with a spectrum child and to adapt to society judging them as a "little different" as they view it.There was a lot of (in my view unnecessary) bad language, a lot of which was said in front of children, and the protagonist just came across as having nothing positive to say about anything.

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