Review: Accidentally on Purpose

I saw this book earlier this summer and had to read it. I fell into parenthood unexpectedly (albeit completely different situation) and was pleasantly surprised to see a book this candid. After a few emails back and forth with Mary, we learned that we both recommend ‘We need to talk about Kevin’. Have you read it?

She reviews film for and MSN.Movies. For many years, she was the movie critic for the Contra Costa Times, and her reviews could be found in the San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune. Pols has written for Time Magazine, The New York Times, Self, Wondertime,,, the Times of London, Red Magazine and Grazia. Her memoir was optioned by BermanBraun and is being developed for a television series by CBS. (Source: website)
Mary Pols is candid about her life, at times you might feel like you are intruding. This is the story of a woman building her career, watching her friends get married and start families and pondering life’s next move. She ends up pregnant by a man she barely knows, and to be honest, they are in different stages of life. We read along as Mary and Matt establish a relationship that works for them.

After baby Dolan is born, the story becomes one that every mother can relate to. Juggling motherhood with its highs and lows, work, family, friends, a relationship and more…life, it’s messy.

Visit Mary Pols site to read her blog and watch a ‘book trailer’
At thirty-nine, movie critic Mary Pols knew she wanted to have a baby. But never—not in a million years—on her own. When she finds herself unexpec­tedly expecting, she plunges into the greatest adventure of her life. With humor, insight, and compelling honesty, Pols reveals what it means to compromise in the name of love and to find joy in an accidental life, suddenly brimming with purpose.

Reviews:“Sharp, witty, and slightly self-deprecating, she addresses [questions of single parenthood] with firsthand candor, humor, and insight.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Both engrossing and endearing.” – New York Observer