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Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes
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Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes
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“The kind of book that's destined to be passed from friend to friend."—PopSugar
Two best friends say "I do" to living together, for better or worse, in this bold women's fiction novel from Alexa Martin.

Jude Andrews is famous. Well, at least on Instagram. Her brand is clean eating, good vibes, Pilates, and casually looking like a sun-kissed goddess. In real life, however, she’s a total disaster. She has a strained relationship with her fame-hungry mom and her latest bad decision emptied out her entire savings account.
Lauren Turner had a plan: graduate medical school and become the top surgeon in the country. But when she became unexpectedly pregnant, those plans changed. And when her fiancé left her, they changed again. Now navigating the new world of coparenting, mom groups, and dating,  she decides to launch a mommy podcast with all the advice she wishes someone had given her.
Jude and Lauren don't have much in common, but maybe that's why they've been best friends since the third grade. Through ups and downs, they've been by each other's sides. But now? They’re broke, single, and do the only thing that makes sense—move in together, just like they talked about when they were teenagers. Except when they were younger, the plan didn't include a five-year-old daughter and more baggage than their new townhouse can hold.
“The kind of book that's destined to be passed from friend to friend."—PopSugar
Two best friends say "I do" to living together, for better or worse, in this bold women's fiction novel from Alexa Martin.

Jude Andrews is famous. Well, at least on Instagram. Her brand is clean eating, good vibes, Pilates, and casually looking like a sun-kissed goddess. In real life, however, she’s a total disaster. She has a strained relationship with her fame-hungry mom and her latest bad decision emptied out her entire savings account.
Lauren Turner had a plan: graduate medical school and become the top surgeon in the country. But when she became unexpectedly pregnant, those plans changed. And when her fiancé left her, they changed again. Now navigating the new world of coparenting, mom groups, and dating,  she decides to launch a mommy podcast with all the advice she wishes someone had given her.
Jude and Lauren don't have much in common, but maybe that's why they've been best friends since the third grade. Through ups and downs, they've been by each other's sides. But now? They’re broke, single, and do the only thing that makes sense—move in together, just like they talked about when they were teenagers. Except when they were younger, the plan didn't include a five-year-old daughter and more baggage than their new townhouse can hold.
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    Jude

     

    Children and hangovers do not mix.

     

    I'm sure it's common sense to most people, but this is not a problem I ever thought I'd have.

     

    For one, my uterus is under heavy protection. And two, by the time I have kids-if I ever do-I'll be a real adult who makes grown-up decisions. You know, like one glass of heart-healthy red wine with a well-balanced meal and not the parade of low-carb vodka shots I had after eating a side salad, no dressing, last night.

     

    But as the sticky, tiny fingers literally peel open my eyes, and my tongue is uselessly stuck to the roof of my mouth, I have the very unkind realization that this is my new life . . . at least for the next year. And for the millionth time, I hope that if a giant sinkhole were to open up, it does so underneath Asher Thompson's feet.

     

    "Auntie Jude, Mommy made pancakes. She said to ask you if you want some before you go to your special meeting." Adelaide holds my eyelids hostage and stares into my eyes, which are no doubt bloodshot, with the most innocent expression that it almost makes me smile. Almost.

     

    "Addy." I push her hands off my face and resist the urge to hit her with my pillow. But, seeing as she's only five, I feel like society and her mother might frown upon that kind of thing. "We have to find a new wake-up technique. You're going to give me crow's-feet."

     

    Her mouth purses and her little nose scrunches, giving her these wrinkles on the top of her nose that are adorable now but might make her consider Botox in about thirty years. I don't tell her that. "You'll get a birdie's feet?" Her voice is a screech, and she honestly sounds appalled. "What happens to the rest of the bird? How will it land with no feet?"

     

    "Oh my god." I wrap my arms around her and pull her down to me, covering her chubby cheeks with kisses until she squeals. "This is why I'm obsessed with you," I shout over her peals of laughter before sitting up with her and ignoring the slight pounding against my skull. "Crow's-feet aren't birds. They're the little lines around eyes that make your grandma Keane always look so sleepy and old."

     

    "Oooh." She nods, but I'm pretty sure she still has no idea what I'm talking about.

     

    "Yup." I crawl out from under the duvet I spent way too much money on, but photographs like a dream, and climb over the boxes I have yet to unpack. "And you don't want Auntie Jude to look like Old Grandma Keane, do you?"

     

    Instead of answering and then apologizing profusely for endangering my skin, she shrugs, and I'm pretty she couldn't actually give a fuck. Rude. "Are you going to eat pancakes with me?"

     

    "No pancakes for me." I grab her hand and walk with her down the stairs of our new townhome. "Repeat after me: carbs are evil."

     

    "Carbs are evil," she mimics. For a five-year-old, she follows direction beautifully.

     

    "Carbs are not evil," Lauren says from somewhere. And even though I can't see her, I know she's glaring at me.

     

    But whatever, sue me. Someone needs to teach kids the importance of diet. That high metabolism and glowing skin they are unfairly blessed with aren't going to last forever.

     

    "Mommy!" Adelaide drops my hand like a bad habit and takes off running to the table, where a plate of cut-up pancakes is waiting for her, complete with eggs and a healthy serving of fruit. "Wanna know what Jude taught me?"

     

    Lauren walks around the corner, a coffee mug to her lips, looking way too hot in her mom pajamas...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 12, 2021
    Martin (Snapped) delivers a genuine if sometimes tedious story of female friendship and a child custody battle. Black single mom Lauren Turner and her five-year-old daughter, Adelaide, move in with Lauren’s white best friend, feisty influencer Jude Andrews. Lauren tried and failed for years to get Adelaide’s father, Ben, to show an interest in their child, and is shocked when Ben serves her with papers demanding full custody. Though she’s a doting, loving mom, it becomes clear that Ben will be cutthroat in his pursuit. In order to establish proof of Lauren’s stellar parenting skills, she and Jude partner up on a new parenting podcast that becomes a hit. Off the show, both women contend with their difficult mothers: Lauren’s mom is judgmental and withering, while Jude’s reality TV star mom is a narcissist. Jude, meanwhile, has trouble opening up to Lauren and drinks too much, which becomes a problem for Lauren’s custody issues and for the podcast. While there are a few too many cutesy scenes dedicated to Adelaide and her precocious speech, Martin successfully conveys the work required to become an influencer, and deserves praise for smoothly dealing with issues of race, privilege, and alcohol abuse. Overall, Martin offers a fresh perspective on platonic love. Agent: Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary.

  • Library Journal

    August 1, 2021

    Jude Andrews is what they call "Insta-famous." From her Pilates-toned body to her sun-kissed filtered photos, she presents her followers with snapshots of her perfect life through the haze of Instagram. What the camera doesn't capture is her dysfunctional relationship with her mother, or how her father's death affected her. Meanwhile, her best friend since grade school, Lauren Turner, has a wildly different life, complete with five-year-old daughter June whom she's singlehandedly and unexpectedly raising. When June's father comes back into the picture and wants full custody, Lauren and Jude decide to move in together and start their own podcast about motherhood (Lauren's specialty) with a side of martinis (Jude's specialty). Jude hopes the pivot will help her keep up appearances online, while Lauren hopes to retain custody of June. Full of laughter, romance, and a few startup scares, the latest from sports romance author Martin (Snapped; Blitzed) packs a punch. VERDICT Readers of this hilarious, heartfelt novel will feel like they're chatting with their BFF. It dives deep into family issues but keeps readers on their toes as Jude and Lauren deal with what life throws at them.--Erin Holt, formerly at Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN

    Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    August 1, 2021
    When life hands longtime best friends Jude and Lauren lemons, they decide to make lemonade by becoming roommates. Lauren's lemons involve an ex-fianc� who walked out on her and their young daughter, Adelaide. Jude's involve a manipulative mother who is draining Jude of her finances and sapping her mental health. Living together, along with Adelaide, the two women work to build themselves back up. When Lauren is hit with a custody battle, Jude suggests they use her influencer status to start a podcast about motherhood and being a single millennial to boost Lauren's profile; thus, Mom Jeans and Martinis is born. As the podcast takes off, Jude struggles with her mother's toxicity and numbs it with alcohol. Their friendship is changed forever when Adelaide is hurt on a playdate Jude was supervising. Romance writer Martin's (Intercepted, 2018) latest is an endearing story about, as Lauren says, "female friendship amplified." The story is so infectious that readers probably won't mind the rushed ending. Instead, they will root for both women as the two navigate adulthood, martini or juice box in hand.

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