I seriously had no idea what this book was even about. I saw it displayed in my library and just thought “Heck, why not?”
As the cover suggests, five friends have their lives change on the night of Olivia’s 17th birthday party. Yep, you guessed it; There in Olivia’s very own bathroom is her friend Nicola, and out pops a new addition to the gang.
I read this book quickly (which I know is not unusual for me) and didn’t struggle doing so. It was an easy read, with a section following each character individually. The writing style and language is adapted slightly to suit each character, to allow full submersion of the reader into the book.
There are surprising elements in the story which, after being read, will seem strangely obvious. I love this sense of foreshadowing in a book. And despite the title, this book isn’t really focused on “the baby” alone. Instead it tells each character’s solo story, including all their troubles – baby- or not-baby-related.
As I said before, The Baby is a nice, easy read, with a somewhat carefree sense about it. I can’t say I relate to it in the sense of having a new baby around, but there are aspects that I can say I have experienced. So I’m going to give it 4 stars, more than I originally suspected it would earn.