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.