Hold My Girl: A Novel by Charlene Carr

Hold My Girl: A Novel by Charlene Carr

Title:  Hold My Girl: A Novel
Author: Charlene Carr
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Landmark 
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  400
Date of Publication:  10 October, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Trigger warnings - infertility, IVF, stillbirth, infidelity 

Ms. Carr is a gifted storyteller whose writing immediately pulled me in and I read this amazing novel in a day; I couldn’t put it down. Regardless of the fact that this isn’t an easy read. 

While the topic of the novel is extremely difficult and thought-provoking, it’s never one against the other. The author weaves together the heartwarming, and heartbreaking with equal clarity. The main characters, Katherine and Tess, are both realistic, fleshed out characters that you feel for throughout the book. 


Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the DRC


"Thoughtful, tense, and affecting." —Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

"Hold My Girl is a beautiful, unflinching examination of what it means to be a mother." —Shelby Van Pelt, New York Times bestselling author of Remarkably Bright Creatures

Two women. Two eggs. One life-changing switch.

Katherine finally has it all. She's spent her entire life striving for perfection—obsessing over her spotless home, maintaining her pristine reputation, building her perfect family—and her hard work has finally paid off. After seven difficult years of trying (and failing) to conceive, Katherine gives birth to Rose, her IVF miracle child, and at last has the one thing she's wanted most of all. But one thing isn't quite perfect. Rose's pale skin doesn't match Katherine's complexion, and an irritating doubt begins to grow in Katherine's mind.

Tess never got the happy ending she wanted. She underwent IVF at the same clinic as Katherine, but after finally conceiving, Tess's daughter was stillborn. Now, nearly one year later, she's approaching rock bottom. Consumed by her grief and without hope for the future, Tess is divorced, broke, and stuck in a dead-end job beneath her skillset.

But shortly before Rose's first birthday, Katherine and Tess get a call from the fertility clinic: Their eggs were switched.

As Katherine's carefully planned life begins to crumble around her, Tess finally sees the glimmer of hope she needed to get her life back on track. Motherhood has always been their dream, and neither woman is prepared to share that claim over Rose. It will take a tense custody battle to decide who deserves to be Rose's mother, but it will also push them to the brink.

With themes of racial identity, loss, and betrayal, Hold My Girl is an emotional novel that will leave you contemplating: What makes a mother?


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