No One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday: Tracy Bloom

NO SEX

Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again after they end up in bed together following a school re-union. So all is forgotten… until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy’s baby. Oblivious to the mayhem unfolding, Matthew’s highly-strung wife frets over giving birth to twins and Katy’s much younger boyfriend refuses to take fatherhood seriously. Love and life are messy but Katy and Matthew take things to a whole new level as deep emotions begin to resurface and hormones run riot. How will they navigate their way through this almighty cock-up?

What a mix-up! This book is a hilarious riot of emotion, romance, friendship and sex. Katy never believed that she would be a woman that wouldn’t pick the father of her child; but that is exactly what she has become, she has been ambushed. No, not a word I would use, but Katy argues that she has. Sitting in her first antenatal class, next to her unsuitably dressed boyfriend, (no a football strip is definitely not suitable) Katy feels extremely sick. Except the problem isn’t Ben. Katy finds herself in the class, to a big surprise, sitting opposite her in her childhood sweetheart Matthew. No big deal right? Not quite; Katy wonders how she got in such a pickle. Oh yes, a school reunion of booze. Katy bumps into Matthew her childhood sweetheart, a few drinks, thoughts of teenage memories and the night ends with the two…well you can guess.

The story continues with Katy’s uncompromising guilt. Who is the father? And can she go through with the pregnancy without knowing who’s it is? Throwing in the fact that Matthew’s wife is having twins, and due to finding herself in a difficult antenatal class decides to befriend Katy, she’s in serious hot water and she needs to find a solution; fast!

The plot line is solid, and the difficulty Katy has to pick between whether to lose everything, is extremely convincing. At times I found Katy’s character frustrating; however in the situation that she finds herself in, this is wholly understandable and only further proves how difficult Katy’s position is. The difference between Ben and Matthew is brilliantly written however I found that throughout the book I found Ben’s position the most harrowing rather than Katy’s. Later, in the book, I found that some of the story lines became confused and slightly mix-matched. With emotions running high, some of the stories became over written and became unrealistic which I found at times difficult to read. However, I really enjoyed the way in which the story ran through highs and lows ending in a rather climatic ending. If you fancy a giggle, and a couple of embarrassingly difficult and awkward moments, pick this up and give it a read. It may not be the book of the year, but it’s worth a read, snuggled up in a duvet, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, and a handful of tiny pink and white marshmallows.

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