Book Review: Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic By Lauren Ho


An ambitious career woman signs up for a co-parenting website only to find a match she never expected, in this unflinchingly funny and honest novel from the author of Last Tang Standing.

Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children—and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store—she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective co-parenting website to find a suitable partner with whom to procreate—as platonic as family planning can be.

Collin Read checks all of Lucie’s boxes; he shares a similar cultural background, he’s honest, and most important, he’s ready to become a father. When they match, it doesn’t take long for Lucie to take a leap of faith for her future. So what if her conservative family might not approve? When Lucie becomes pregnant, the pair return to Singapore and, sure enough, her parents refuse to look on the bright side. Even more complicated, Lucie’s ex-fiancé reappears, sparking unresolved feelings and compounding work pressures and the baffling ways her body is changing. Suddenly her straightforward arrangement is falling apart before her very eyes, and Lucie will have to decide how to juggle the demands of the people she loves while pursuing the life she really wants.


As usual an over hyped book does indeed do the opposite of its intention: It did disappoint. Although, one quote I 100% agree on:

“We definitely want our freedom. Just because we’re parents doesn’t mean our world should revolve around our kids… We don’t stop being who we were before parenthood”

Lucie Yi rambles on so much. She’s the type of soon-to-be-mum that makes me want to gag, roll my eyes and scream ‘YOU’RE A STUPID IDIOT’!

As a newly mum myself, you really do not need to bother with reading baby books. I read a few and boy where they a yawn and a waste of time. Instead of glamorising your fatness; enjoy your freedom instead of being a sad girl obsessing over two guys. Why did she even get into this arrangement with a rando she only just met when they never even tried living together etc. and the ONLY THING THEY HAVE IN COMMON IS THAT HE PUT A BABY IN HER !! She’s clearly still have feelings for her cheating and disgusting ex so from the start you can see how this novel is going to go. 

She claims she’s career driven. She wants the career however she didn’t choose one that suits a lifestyle, but I must say at least she has a job instead of being a lazy benefit person claiming working people’s money.

But, I will say that Collin does have some interesting points on how the foetus should be raised. And Lucie doesn’t seem to see the common sense in things. Is it a woman thing? Am I just so logical and women typically are stupid when they purposely get knocked up and then consider getting rid of it? Why would she get into this arrangement with Collin without talking about how they are raising it? Wasn’t that the purpose of this entire Co-Parenting thing from the site they met on? To talk about this stuff before she actually does go into this arrangement.

At least Lucie was considerate and aware of both her friends children situations she at least has a brain to ask her so called friends how they are doing with their new triplets. Some women do not even have such consideration once they are carrying a foetus as it’s all attention seeking. Seriously Lucie, get a grip and don’t be having a baby just because your old (late 30’s) and the others have one just to use as an attention seeking prop, she clearly values her career more when she is seeking to advance her career to be like Diana as she is hiding the whole pregnancy in the first place. By trying to help run an important business when she is pregnant does she not realise she is taking on a lot as she calls finishing at 8pm at work an early night. How does she expect to raise the baby with nannies yet at the same time doesn’t want it raised by them?  

Babies are for life, and if you don’t check in on those that already have one, you’re going to be going through a very tough time as you weren’t there for others during the toughest time it’s called fairness selfish being. 

This story was too predictable. Some catchy references however it was predictable and Lucie annoyed me so very much because of her silly ness. If the main character is intolerable it makes for a bad experience.

I received this novel in exchange for my honest review.

2/5 Stars


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