Charlotte is a bright student with her whole life ahead of her. When she finds herself pregnant, she is terrified to tell her mother. Her mother is furious as Charlotte expected. She has decided to keep the baby and deal with whatever life throws at her. Her only wish is that there was someone she could talk to about her situation. Nan talked babble half the time and her mother is too wrapped up in the feeling that she is ruining her life. She meets a boy named Daniel, who becomes a wonderful friend after that baby’s father blows her off.
Nan’s seems to have lost her mind but some of the nonsense that comes out of her mouth confuses Karen. She has no idea of the secrets that Nan has kept all these years that will come tumbling out with time. While Nan seems to have taken Charlotte’s pregnancy quite well, she really isn’t good at talking to her about it.
Kate Long takes some sensitive issues creating an intriguing story bringing us through the lives of three people. The feelings are dealt with humor but also with tender moments. THE BAD MOTHER’S HANDBOOK is a story that brings together three generations of women to understand each other and cope with life’s experiences.