The Underachieving Ovary

There are very few books that I can think of off the top of my head that, once I read the first chapter, I simply couldn’t and didn’t want to put down. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to read a book called “The Underachieving Ovary” by a very talented local author, JT Lawrence, and – to my surprise – it was one of those books!

I’ve never read any of her books, so I didn’t know what to expect. But once I had read the very first entry – as it’s more of a diary-styled book – I didn’t want to stop! To give you a good idea of how engulfed I was in its pages, it took me 8 hours to read. (I read it on the bus on the way to and from work for four days).

I promise that I am not going to give anything away, because you need to read it yourself, I’m simply going to give you a little idea of what you can expect when you buy this amazing book, and a glimpse into why I think you, your sister, your mother, your brother, your parents and basically everyone you know should read it – regardless of their age, gender and whether or not they have kids. So here you go!

From the get-go you (the reader) is immersed in JT Lawrence and her partner’s uphill battle to have kids. Each chapter is a diary entry – all of which are short, easy to read and provoke a wide range intense emotions. Think happiness, sadness, hope, heart break and more, and we, as the readers, get to feel all of them as we turn each page.

What I loved most about this book – apart from the many words she uses to describe a vagina – is that I felt as if I was there, watching their life and their journey unfold. I felt as if I was there with her at every gynea appointment, every scan and every time she was going through immense pain.

The second aspect I loved is that I learned so much. I learned about infertility, IVF, endometriosis and everything that goes with all of those things. As a person who has not thought about having children until recently, it opened my eyes to the struggles that come with infertility.

Okay, I am not going to say anymore. I want you to read it! So do yourself a favor and buy a copy.

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  • Reply Tendai

    Now this sounds like my kinda book. Thought provoking, reality, that allows one to empathise with others and appreciate even more the blessings one has. Talk about not giving away a little detail – except for the many ways to describe a vag!! That gave me a little chuckle. Great review, I will certainly be out to get it.

    November 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Susann

    Infertility is a horror story.

    November 1, 2016 at 7:55 am
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