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Publisher's Summary

A much-needed voice of encouragement for every woman who had a baby and lost her mind

Sometimes, motherhood feels never-ending. A child is born, chaos ensues, and it seems like life will never return to normal.

In You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom, award-winning journalist and Instagram star Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck - but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. After childbirth, a woman's body, her relationships, and her very sense of self are tested like never before. Bruce encourages listeners to look past the sugarcoated truisms about the miracles of child-rearing in order to embrace the real joys of motherhood, spit-up stains and all.

Loaded with unfettered support from a mom who has been through it all, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.

©2019 Leslie Anne Bruce (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Leslie Anne Bruce is the mom friend I never knew I needed. With a rare combination of generous spirit and cutting humor, she strips away the clichés of motherhood and teaches us how to survive the raw, real thing." (Lydia Fitzpatrick, author of Lights All Night Long)

"Honesty - what a fabulous and rare thing that is today. You'll find it in abundance in Leslie Bruce's raw, real, laugh-out-loud account of what becoming a mother is really all about. This book is the stuff you don't see on Instagram. This is a must-read for any new mother." (Raegan Moya-Jones, author of What It Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds and founder of aden + anais)

"Leslie Bruce's central thesis is one that many women in today's 'have it all' world will feel like a punch to the gut. Fortunately, Bruce also happens to be f*cking hilarious, which makes her book not only an important read, but also a phenomenally fun one." (Jordan Reid, author of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People)

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What it's really like becoming a mother

Some really great advice in here. Wish I would have read this while I was pregnant.

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Inspiring, validating & funny

Inspiring, validating and funny - a must read/listen book for all new moms. I will be sending this to all my first time mom friends around the 6 months mark!

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What every mom needs to hear

Leslie is amazing at telling it how it is. I own the book & have read it but sometimes finding time to pick up a physical book as a mom can be troubling sometimes so I decided to buy it on audio. It is just as amazing as the book was.

I read the book for the first time when I was about 5 months postpartum with my son. I decided to listen this time when my daughter was around 6 months old. It just continues to hit home both times & you pick up on new things each time.

I continue to recommend it to anyone I know who is pregnant or has a baby. Leslie explains exactly what new or expecting moms need to hear. I wish I would’ve read it when I was pregnant so I wasn’t so blind & naive to what was to come.

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Best Mom Advice!

An honest and amazing book with the deepest of truths about the experience of a mom. Loved every minute!

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YES! YES! YES! Are you a mom? This is for you.

This book/audiobook should be put in with the large bag of mama diapers they give you when you leave the hospital. It’s like the emotional handbook for mom. This is a must read!

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  • Margaret Hope Allen
  • 2020-09-22

Overwhelmed mom caused by absentee husband

This book was largely a beneficial self help book. The author tells very personal stories from her own life about the difficulties of pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and raising a baby, without holding back any punches. She destroys the gauzy fantasy of motherhood with humor and absolute truth. My one MAJOR big beef with the book is that it’s filled with doomsday predictions about your life (you will have no identity, your previous life will be flushed down the toilet, your body will be wrecked) but fails to mention until the 7th chapter that a large source of the author’s suffering was caused by the complete lack of any material help from her husband, who took a grand total of 10 days off work and then resumed his 9am-7pm work schedule, leaving her with ALL childcare and homecare duties. Anyone would go insane if their husband refused to change diapers at home (he would only do so at restaurants) and failed to pick up his own clothes or clean up his own dinner. While the author readily takes the blame for causing her own misery by harboring unrealistic expectations based on Instagram posts of celebrity motherhood, and the fact that modern women lack the support network of extended families (read: female family members around to help), she completely side steps the fact that her husband was allowed to simply keep loving his same exact life prebaby, take on about “20 percent” of the baby-related work, and contribute nothing else around the house. So take her doomsday predictions with a grain of salt. (And make sure you procreate with the right guy.)

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  • Cristina
  • 2020-09-02

Great book, llegó al centro de mi corazón

Que increíble manera de describir el nuevo mundo de una nueva mamá, la incertidumbre, los miedos y problemas que nos hacen sentir el peor y mejor ser del mundo. Ya no me siento tan sola e incomprendida o loca. La narración es agradable y el ritmo magnífico. Me facino

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  • Callie W.
  • 2020-01-25

Best Book for any mama

I have 2 kids currently. This book is everything that I wanted to say after my first but couldn't find the words. Even after number 2 I connect so much with what is written on what seems like every page.

Any soon to be mama, thinking about being a mama, or a mama that has kiddos that are older I feel can learn or connect with this book.

I hope it starts some conversation about postpartum care in America because Mama's are taking care of the future of our country but who is taking care of us.

Even made my husband listen to it so made be can understand what I have gone through. and he likes it too.

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  • Jamie Y.
  • 2021-01-20

Surface level opinion piece.

Purely opinions from a very privileged woman about motherhood. Completely surface view and experience that is unrelateable for the “average” woman with swear words to make it sound more “hip.” Very, very disappointing.

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  • Rachel McEwan
  • 2020-02-26

Fun Self Help Book for First Time Moms

Great book for first time Moms like myself. I found myself laughing and having eye opening moments right along with the author. Loved it.

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  • Megan Gordon
  • 2022-07-22

Great read/listen

This book had me laughing and crying. I am 7 months pregnant with our first little miracle baby and this book has eased some of my fears and maybe me think about things I never thought I would. Thank you for being honest and not sugar coating anything about pregnancy and motherhood and just plan life. I can relate to so many things in this book.
Thank you again!

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  • 2022-06-29

Love this book!

As a first time mom, I really enjoyed this book. It lets you know that you are not all alone. Some people have said the author is complaining and negative or privileged. I do not agree, or at least I found more of what she said to be true and realistic. I appreciated her honest approach. My baby is six months old. I guess I wish I would’ve listened to this a bit earlier, but it was still good timing. The chapters on mental health and self care were very helpful and relatable, in my opinion. I really did enjoy this book.

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  • Ajna Kenning
  • 2022-02-17

wish I knew this book when I was expecting.

im now a mom of a 3 yo and still finding comfort in this book

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  • Dominique Collins
  • 2021-11-25

More Nagging than Advice

I enjoyed the audiobook overall. I listened on my commutes to work. While the author gave a few good tips, I felt like it was mostly the writer complaining about her pregnancy experience. Because this was the overall tone, (in my opinion) she did succeed at making me feel like an awesome mom, since I knew I was having no where near all the trouble she seemed to be having during pregnancy.

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  • Kristin
  • 2021-11-03

Buy the book

Just buy the book. I loved it. I’m a first time mom and currently 3 months postpartum. Leslie made me feel so seen as a new momma. Listening to the audible version of the book, it felt like Leslie was just telling me her story while we were out to lunch, while giving some great tips along the way. No one ever truly talks about just how big of an adjustment becoming a mom is, but Leslie does here. And it honestly helped ground me to know everything I’ve been thinking and feeling as a new mom is very normal.