Clad in millennial pink, this book is highly deceptive. I expected stupid decisions and self deprecation but instead I was met with a beautiful story full of grief, friendship, and love.

After Eva spends a night with Pat he tells her “you can’t live your life saying you’ll get around to doing something you know will make you happy. You just have to do it;” this sparks something in Eva. Eva couldn’t have known how impactful those words were going to be because when Pat dies suddenly and Eva is pregnant with his child. She must think about those words and what they really mean to her.

I was a little hesitant going into this novel because books about maternalism do absolutely nothing for me; if anything I tend to resent them. But I was pleasantly and refreshingly surprised to have met my maternal match in Small Joys Of Real Life. This book wasn’t so much about motherhood but rather pregnancy, being pregnant, and the way it impacts your life when it was the last thing you’d expect to happen.

Small Joys Of Real Life was unexpectedly sad. It deals with suicide and the feelings that come with being left behind by someone you cared about or saw a semblance of a future with. I loved the way Richards used pregnancy as a vessel to solidify the