So, I was quite looking forward to this book. I love Europe Comics, they always have some amazing comics/graphic novels, and I am always eagerly awaiting their new releases. I couldn’t resist this one as it is about parenting, being overwhelmed by it, how it is to be a dad who cares for his kid, and more.
It all starts when Philippe enters a M.A (Moms Anonymous) meeting. All the women are startled (because it is a mom thing), but they quickly accept him as one of his own when he throws out his problems. When he tells them about his wife, about society and how they look at a guy who is caring for the kids. From that point we switch between him and a mom there, Caroline.
It was quite interesting to see two POVs. Both are types of parents who, by societal standards, are looked at funnily/weirdly (if that is the correct word). A single mom, and a stay-at-home-dad.
Caroline is a single mom and is falling between both of her friends. The single ones don’t invite her out much due to her kid, her married friends don’t want her near any of their men, or put her with the kids. Then everyone also expects her to be happy and good because she is free from a man. While, we the reader, can clearly see that Caroline isn’t always happy. She has to let a lot of things go because she has to be there for her kid.
Can I just say that I hated Caroline’s ex-husband? What kind of dickhead just up and goes to live on an island? You have a kid, you can’t just drop everything on your ex and run away.
I felt sorry for her that she was looking for love, but also had trouble with it. She wasn’t sure what to do. Her speech at the end, the acceptance she found, yes, I was also applauding.
Philippe is now taking care of his kids while his wife works and while he loves it, he doesn’t like how people treat or act around him when he prefers to care for his kids or go home early instead of drinking all night. Or how his wife reacts (dear lord, that woman is terrible, but wait points to a paragraph lower) to how he is doing parenting. So, he let his daughter run around in a shirt, so what, that thing is huge, it practically a dress. And then when she messes up it is all right? Dang….
Thankfully, both these characters find acceptance and care in the meetings. People who understand, people who accept them. A place to where they can let out their frustrations and find people alike.
I really loved reading all the experiences both characters went through, the chats they had with other people (quite often parents), at times my heart broke for these two. They work so hard, and yet people treat them like this. 🙁
I had a laugh at when Caroline made that Typology of available man for her friends. 😛 And then also continued on her lovers and how that just didn’t work if you have kids (aka kids just know when mommy is having fun).
That the group was also vandalising those Happy Pill posters? Um, I am not too sure how I felt about that to be honest. I am on the fence. On the one hand I agree and I think it was pretty funny and dedicated of them to show the world another opinion, but on the other hand, they are adults and it is still vandalising public property.
I guess it wasn’t unexpected to see that woman appear at the meeting. Was it really needed to give her an accent? It just felt weird, and also wasn’t easy to read.
When we finally meet Barbara, Philippe’s wife, I suddenly could understand why she was acting the way she did. Yes, it doesn’t excuse her terrible behaviour, but I could see that she just wanted Philippe to go back to how he was, to not be so obsessed with his kids, to be a bit more manly, and to also give a bit of control over the kids back. And I could understand that. The parts we see of Philippe. He is a good dad, but he is doing it all the time. He is never seen doing much more than that.
The art throughout the book is decent.
So I have enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it. I love that we got two POVs. While I love Philippe and Caroline, I don’t think I could have handled a book with solely one of them. Now it was nicely balanced and it showed two sides to parenting and how society treats those that are single or stay-at-home-dads.