Odd Mom Out – Jane Porter

Title: Odd Mom Out
Author: Jane Porter
ISBN: 0446699233
Pages: 432
Release Date: September 27, 2007
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

Advertising executive Marta Zinsser is no poster child for her wealthy Seattle suburb-and nothing could please her more. This former New Yorker wears combat boots, not Manolos, and drives a righteous Harley hog instead of a Mercedes SUV. Now she’s launching her own agency in this land of the Microsoft elite, even though her ten-year-old daughter wishes she’d put on a sweater set and just be normal.

Can this ex-urbanite remain uniquely herself without alienating the inner circle of smug, cookie-cutter executive wives? And when push comes to shove, can she stop being the proud odd mom out and take a chance at something frighteningly-and tantalizingly-new?

I have really enjoyed getting to know Jane Porter’s novels through Miriam at Hachette Book Group, and Odd Mom Out was no exception. My only regret about this book is the fact that I didn’t realize that Mrs. Perfect was a sequel/spin-off of Odd Mom Out – I would have loved to have read them in the proper order. Marta’s actions in Mrs. Perfect have so much more meaning when viewed against the backdrop of how distasteful Taylor was to Marta earlier on.

I loved the character of Marta. She was strong, funny, and tries to do it all for her daughter. I really felt for her when other mothers tried to make her feel bad for having a job. I don’t think there is anything wrong with working when you have kids, just like there is nothing wrong with deciding to stay home. But in the end, it is a personal choice and frankly, it isn’t anyone else’s business! I did like how Marta slowly softened her edges through the book. She realized that, though it is okay and good to be different, it’s ok to be the same sometimes too. It’s especially interesting to think about her story juxtaposed with Taylor’s from Mrs. Perfect because they are so different, yet Jane writes them both so well.

I liked Eva as well, though I wish more had been explored with her modeling (I’m not going to explain further because I don’t want to give away plot points!) I felt like it was a significant part of the story, especially considering Marta’s hesitation, and then it completely disappeared.

I have just one more Jane Porter book to go (The Frog Prince) before I’ve read all of her “modern lit” titles. However, I was really excited to discover that she has a book scheduled to be released in April 2009 in which Tiana, a character from Odd Mom Out, will be explored. I definitely can’t wait for that one!

A HUGE thank you to Miriam @ Hachette for sending me this one to review!


  1. Thanks for the tip on Odd Mom Out and Mrs. Perfect – I’ll make sure I read them in the right order.

  2. Oooh I sure like the sounds of this one!

  3. sounds like a good group of books.

  4. I read flirting with forty and it wasn’t my type of book, these sound more like my type though. Thanks for setting me straight on the order, I had no idea. So Odd MOm out first and then Mrs. Perfect.?

    Happy Holidays, b.

  5. Sounds cool.. and Yah it is a personal choice.. to work or not.. šŸ™‚
    And this sounds really cute..though I must say the cover colors are a bit ummm! too much for my eyes šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ Pink with Red šŸ˜€

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