My new adventures into reading fiction led me to Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin. I’m a sucker for a clever title and was intrigued by the storyline that revolves around two best friends: one an Instagram influencer who is daughter of a former soap opera/ reality TV star and parties too much, and the other, a med school dropout and single mom in the middle of a custody battle with her ex-fiancé. The besties move in together and start podcast where they share adventures of their drastically different lives
Although this is fiction, Martin addresses critical social issues through the voice of her characters. She brings to light topics including bi-racial friendships and romantic relationships, racial profiling, motherhood, alcoholism, mother-daughter relationships, influencer life, and toxic mommy culture. It’s a great conversation piece!
The storylines include life choices that can be considered “mistakes,” but at the end, there’s one huge, page-turning incident that had me afraid to see what comes next! Kudos to Martin on the sudden suspense and overall lesson that comes from it. I won’t spoil the story because I think you should read it!
I’ll be checking out more of Martin’s books too!