Book Review: Josh And Gemma Make A Baby

Josh And Gemma Make A Baby – Sarah Ready

New Year’s Resolution:
Have a baby
Preferably with Josh Lewenthal

Meet Gemma Jacobs. She’s driven, energetic, and a positive thinker. She has a great career working for famed self-help guru Ian Fortune, she lives in a cute studio apartment in Manhattan, and her family is supportive and loving (albeit a little kooky). Her life is perfect. Absolutely wonderful.

Except for one tiny little thing.

After a decade of disastrous relationships and an infertility diagnosis, Gemma doesn’t want a Mr. Right (or even a Mr. Right Now), she just wants a baby.
And all she needs is an egg, some sperm, and IVF.

So Gemma makes a New Year’s resolution: have a baby.

Josh Lewenthal is a laid back, relaxed, find-the-humor-in-life kind of guy. The polar opposite of Gemma. He’s also her brother’s best friend. For the past twenty years Josh has attended every Jacobs’ family birthday, holiday, and event – he’s always around.

Gemma knows him. He’s nice (enough), he’s funny (-ish), he’s healthy (she thinks) and he didn’t burn any ants with a magnifying glass as a kid. Which, in Gemma’s mind, makes him the perfect option for a sperm donor.

So Gemma wants to make a deal. An unemotional, businesslike arrangement. No commitments, just a baby.

To Gemma’s surprise, Josh agrees.

They have nothing in common, except their agreement to make a baby and their desire to keep things businesslike.

But the thing about baby-making…it’s hard to keep it businesslike, it’s nearly impossible to keep it unemotional, and it’s definitely impossible to keep your heart out of the mix. Because when you’re making a baby together, things have a way of starting to feel like you’re making other things too – like a life, and a family, and love. And when the baby-making ends, you wish that everything else didn’t have to end too. 

Trigger Warnings: This book talks about infertility, IVF, and miscarriage.

This romcom gives me serious Bridget Jones kind of vibes, but with infertility, IVF, and support groups thrown in.

32-year-old divorcee Gemma decides to have a baby via IVF, and turns to her brother’s best friend (and one time teenage crush) Josh Lewenthal to be her sperm donor. What comes next is a whirlwind of chuckles, doctor visits, hormones, love, sex, and utter chaos. I definitely pictured Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy as Gemma and Josh while reading this, which only made it even more hilarious.

This book goes into a lot of detail about the IVF process, the ups and the downs, from start to finish. And while this is a cute book, it does focus heavily on infertility and everything that goes with that. The plot moves quickly, which is great because the entire time I just wanted to know what happened next.

I loved the characters in this book. Josh and Gemma are adorable friends. Gemma is goal orientated and determined, while at times slightly naïve. Josh is cute and funny, confident, and he made me smile on every page. The chemistry between the two of them is brilliant and they are very cute.

I knew exactly where this book was going to go fairly early on, but that didn’t particularly matter as it was a fun read regardless.

This ARC was provided by Netgalley, and this is my honest review.

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