Baby Come Back [Maeve Haran]


Penulis/Author: Maeve Haran (2000)
Penerbit/Publisher: Warner Books
Cetakan/Edition: Paperack 2001
Kategori/Category: Fiction – General
ISBN: 0-7515-2968-0

ENGLISH
The book cover gives the impression of a chicklit-type, but I found the storyline to be quite wide on covering some issues.

Molly agreed to help her husband finding his birth mother. Joe, her husband, is a typical adopted child who keeps on thinking what was wrong with him that made his mother wanted to get rid of him and had allowed him to be adopted. His mood was becoming unpredictable, especially after looking at Eddy, their baby. When Joe explained his intention to find his real mother, Molly agreed to fully support him. She hoped that finding her would be the end of Joe’s strange behaviours.

The first problem arose with Pat, Joe’s adoptive mother. Pat is very sensitive and over-protective when it comes to Joe’s past. Pat was afraid that Joe will left her after finding his real mother, ignoring all her efforts and love for him since the day he was adopted. Molly is never an ideal daughter-in-law for Pat. Pat blames Molly for the whole absurd idea. Pat believes it was Molly who put the poison on Joe’s mind about finding his real mother.

The clue about Joe’s real mother was given too early so the readers could easily guess where the story leads. Joe’s birth mother excepted his presence after 25 years delay was basically on her self-interest. The story slipped too easily with no space for even a slight curiosity. It was like an open-plan book. The story could have been more interesting if the author explores more about it and didn’t supply too easy solutions on every twist. Doh!

I am not quite sure I get Molly’s personality. There were lots of explanation about her but somehow I feel some things weren’t fit in to the puzzle. I think the author gives too many characters on Molly’s personality. To make it simple, I know that she is very self-motivated when it comes to Joe and Eddy, and she has a sort of exotic taste on designing their little flat.

But I am very sure that I don’t like Joe. He is definitely not as gentle as Molly thinks he is. He is moody, not a wife-defender, he even went to stay with his newly-found real mother (who happens to be a dominating person) after having an argument with Molly. What a loser.

BAHASA
Kesan pertama melihat sampulnya yang terang dan funky, aku pikir ini chicklit. Ternyata tema ceritanya lumayan luas.

Molly membantu suaminya, Joe, untuk menemukan ibu kandungya. Joe adalah tipikal anak adopsi yang meskipun dibesarkan dalam limpahan kasih sayang oleh kedua orang tua angkat, masih menyimpan tanda tanya apakah yang salah pada dirinya sehingga ia direlakan utuk diadopsi. Perasaan dan moodnya semakin tidak menentu terutama setelah kehadiran Eddy, bayi mereka. Joe bisa mendadak murung dan gelisah ketika memperhatikan si kecil Eddy. Ketika Joe mengutarakan keinginannya untuk mencari sang ibu kandung, Molly menyanggupi untuk membantu. Molly merasa inilah satu-satunya penyelesaian agar Joe tidak lagi uring-uringan.

Masalah demi masalah muncul terutama dengan Pat, ibu angkat Joe. Pat adalah seorang yang sensitif dan over-protektif ketika berurusan dengan masa lampau Joe. Pat takut Joe akan pergi ketika ia menemukan si ibu kandung. Jerih payah dan kasih sayang bertahun-tahun akan sia-sia dalam sekejap ketika Joe menemukan si ibu kandung yang jelas-jelas telah menyia-nyiakan dia. Pat menuduh Molly meracuni pikiran Joe tentang pencarian ibu kandung ini, apalagi Molly yang terlihat sibuk kesana-kemari mencari informasi bukan Joe sendiri.

Clue tentang siapa ibu kandung Joe terlalu cepat diberikan sehingga dari awal pembaca sudah bisa menerka dan tidak lagi penasaran. Ibu kandung Joe menerima kehadiran Joe setelah 25 tahun bukan tanpa pamrih. Alur cerita yang mestinya bisa lebih dieksplorasi untuk memberi pembaca sedikit rasa penasaran, semua disuguhkan gamblang saja. Cerita yang menurutku bisa sedikit menarik dan berliku, gampang saja diselesaikan oleh penulis. Duh!

Aku kurang paham dengan kepribadian Molly. Meskipun banyak gambaran Molly yang begini dan begitu, kok rasanya ada yang tidak pas. Mungkin juga karena penulis terlalu banyak memberi karakter pada Molly sehingga terasa berlebihan. Yang jelas Molly adalah seorang yang penuh motivasi apalagi jika menyangkut Joe dan Eddy. Seleranya yang cenderung eksotis dan easy-going membuat Molly tidak akan pernah menjadi menantu idaman bagi Pat.

Yang pasti aku sangat sebal dengan karakter Joe. Moody, bukan pembela istri, malah sempat pula mengungsi ke rumah ibu kandung (yang ternyata sangat mendominasi itu) setelah adu argumen dengan Molly. Sangat menyebalkan.

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