Title: Expecting Adam
Author: Martha Beck
Publisher: Harmony 2011
Genre: Nonfiction - Inspirational
Rating: 1/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Fall Reading Challenge; Nonfiction Adventure; Read Your Freebies; Well Read Reader - Memoir
John and Martha Beck had two Harvard degrees apiece when they conceived their second child. Further graduate studies, budding careers, and a growing family meant major stress--not that they'd have admitted it to anyone (or themselves). As the pregnancy progressed, Martha battled constant nausea and dehydration. And when she learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she battled nearly everyone over her decision to continue the pregnancy. She still cannot explain many of the things that happened to her while she was expecting Adam, but by the time he was born, Martha, as she puts it, "had to unlearn virtually everything Harvard taught [her] about what is precious and what is garbage."
Thoroughly disappointed in this one. I was expecting a feel good, yet harrowing struggle through a difficult pregnancy and subsequent birth of her son. And yet, I could not find any sympathy for Martha and her struggle. She whined. The world revolved around her. Her life ended with the pregnancy. Ugh! Get over yourself lady! I wanted to read of an honest and brutal account of a difficult time, but there were no good lessons within the book. And the book wasn't at all about her son Adam. I can't summon any understanding for a woman who has everything, complains about how life changes, and places blame on others. And don't get me started about the supernatural aspects of the book. No thank you!