As for the bad reviews, I think that some women didn't like the fact that the main character had became a stay at home mom, and the character was forwarned by her mother that if she becomes a stay at mom, she wont be interesting anymore, and would become boring. Of course being a stay at home mom wont make you that way, but I think a lot of people got offended. I also think this author nailed the "desperate house wives" cliques and how crazy we all can tend to get about gossip, and what other people will think or say about us. The author made me think about how I need to not buy into that crap. But that's just my humble opinion.