No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day by Tracy Bloom seems to be a part of a series that includes the books, No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday and No-One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs even though it wasn’t advertised as such. All of the books seem to feature the same characters though and be a continuation of their stories from those previous books which I haven’t read myself. And while this story may have made a bit more sense with the background information from the other books it was still understandable on it’s own.
In this book it’s just before Christmas time when we pick up Ben and Katy’s lives with Ben having given up his job to be a stay at home dad who is excited for Christmas and his only wish for a present being another baby. Katy in the meantime is a working career driven woman with an amazing opportunity coming her way that needs to decide what she’d want more, a promotion or another baby.
Along with Ben and Katy there are so many other characters in the book that it sometimes became hard to keep track. Matthew is Katy’s ex with whom she was with before her marriage to Ben but now Matthew is married too with several kids and a wife about to give birth yet again who has gone a little over the top with her pregnancy hormones. There’s also even a character named Braindead who has his own relationships woes, along with the Katy’s mother wanting to bring her new “toy boy” to stay for Christmas and so the book goes on and on…
I’d have to say what first comes to mind if I were asked to describe No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day….it’s a hot mess! But as bad as that may sound it’s a hilarious hot mess from start to finish. I was just beginning to read this book and found myself laughing out loud and some of the opening pages and knew that no matter where the story went that in the end I’d like this to some degree. I’m happy to say now that when finished there were laugh out loud moments all throughout and it’s worth the read just for the giggles. It probably would have been better to know it was part of a bigger story but in the end I’m still glad I picked this one up just for the chuckles.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.