Ly written The epilogue seemed pointless and I was confused why it was even included since it seemed to detract some from the
main story and added nothing to it for me Surrogacy is an ancient practice that story and added nothing to it for me Surrogacy is an ancient practice that evolved since Sarai directed Abraham to go to her maid that she might bear his child through her but this story seemed to wander in the desert for too long leaving me thirsting for Pub Date 07 May 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Random House this had a really interesting concept and some thought provoking uestionsdiscussions but it definitely could have benefited from a concrete story arc As I begin writing this review I feel like it might be an unpopular opinion However as of this time the average rating is 351 stars and most of my Goodreads friends seem to be giving it 3 stars So while my rating is lower than most overall the opinions of this book seem to trend downwardsWith my 1 star rating I feel like doing a bullet point review that is introduced by one of my favorite gifs This was me throughout this book I am not sure I have ever read a book that was trying so hard to This was an ok read but could have been even better The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients The recruits are watched at all times even their emails are monitored they have a prescribed diet and an exercise plan they have to adhere to Motivated by
"the hefty cash "hefty cash paid upon baby delivery Jane a single mother from the Philippines signs up Jane doesn t mind being at the Farm at first but soon starts missing her little daughter who is less than a year old and was left behind to be looked after by Jane s cousin What the book does well is highlighting the economic disparity between rich and poor the struggles of immigrants and ethnic minorities and their financial motivation to oin the Farm I also appreciated the insight into the lives of Filipino women living in the US However one of the problems I had with this book was that there were too many side stories and characters thrown in that were totally unnecessary as they did not add anything to the overall story The story is told from a number of POV following stories of a couple of girls at the Farm the Farm director and Jane s cousin I did care about Jane and her story and I wished there was focus on her as the main characterThe ending of the story surprised me but not in a good way It felt as if the author wanted a happy ending *For Every Character At *every character at costs when clearly things happened between certain characters that they would struggle to put behind them in real lifeOverall I think the premise of the book is uniue and thought provoking but in my opinion the author did not push the envelop far enough What could have been a Aliens Among Us jaw dropping dystopia ended up beingust an average novel Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy Or will she admit as she has rarely conceded that life is sometimes complicated than easy udgements That maybe sometimes you do the most good when it seems like you re doing nothing much at all Some time ago I read a starred review for The Farm reuested an arc got approved and then promptly forgot everything about the book that had made me want to read it in the first place And let me tell you I think this is the best possible thing that could have happenedWords like dystopia are being thrown around in reviews of the The Farm as are comparisons to The Handmaid s Tale but this is misleading This book should not be regarded as a dystopia it is a mere breath away from reality It is almost entirely a contemporary Most if not all of what happens in this book is already happening If I had gone into this The Farm is a story about women Ill seem a world away as you dedicate yourself to the all consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your überwealthy clientsJane an immigrant from the Philippines and a struggling single mother is thrilled to make it through the highly competitive Host selection process at the Farm But now pregnant fragile consumed with worry for her own young daughter's well being Jane grows.
Joanne Ramos ✓ 1 REVIEWErving as surrogates hosts for wealthy clients at Golden Oaks a private estate in New York The host selection process is intense and competitive but offers a large financial reward for those selected who do not breach the strict terms of their contract The story predominately focuses on Jane an immigrant from the Philippines who makes the difficult decision to serve as a host in order to help provide a better life for her young daughter Amalia Jane s older cousin Ate other hosts at the farm and Mae Golden Oaks Director of Operations are secondary characters in the story The book is focused on class and privilege highlighted by the various decisions different characters make or have the options to make depending on their own personal motivations The premise of The Farm was interesting yet the execution was average The ending was a bit unrealistic I kept hoping the story would pick up and get better but it ust remained an ok read for me Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Farm called Golden Oaks is a surrogacy Farm Women are impregnated with sperm to host a child Most of the host women are black Caribbean immigrant women They need obs the money is good The clients are wealthy and white It s an intriguing story but the writing often felt motionless and toneless I kept wanting to add some Technicolor Jane who left her own baby behind Lisa feisty rebel of the bunch and Reagan are all hosts on the farm Each went through intensive vetting before they were selected Other main characters are Ate too old to be a host mother but had been a master Nanny ueen in her prime and Mae Ms Wealthy bossy of Golden OaksFor nine months the host women are medically monitored At the end of nine months the infant gets handed over to the client whose embryo they carry The host women are offered many spa benefits but also potential penalties Topic Themes explored are race class ineuality wealth poverty immigration motherhood trust friendships personal freedom rules sacrifice self expression exploitation manipulation childcare big business greed fear and isolation radical politics and morality with an all women dominated cast of characters The main female leads and the supporting females all have something to say At times there was not much difference between any of them other than we knew who the HAVES and
HAVE NOTS were I wanted to like this than I did The ending is weak and the epilogueNOTS were I wanted to like this than I did The ending is weak and the epilogue felt long and senseless At the same time I honesty felt this book had potential The Farm itselfhad me thinking not particularly with all the stereotyping and the far fetched scenariosbut I do think it s possible there are surrogacy home retreats or otherwise With integrity these places could be a supportive environment for those serious about surrogacy Thank you Random House Publishing Netgalley and Joanne Ramos The Farm has a phenomenal premise with well executed imagery The grounds of the farm and described so that you feel you re there yourself and the characters are all lifelike and realistic BUT I didn t like this book as much as I d hoped I would when I eagerly picked it up The situations Jane finds herself in the farm lacked the emotion and drama that I d hoped for While she was so upset at how confining the farm was I honestly felt like a lot of the situations weren t that big of a deal and were completely fair under the terms she d offered to work for the farm And while I know
that Ramos wanted to be true to the soft spoken Filipino woman sheRamos wanted to be true to the soft spoken Filipino woman she to portray I found Jane too meek and boring to really root for herFOLLOW ME HEREGoodreads Twitter Instagram Get a Copy of My Book Book Editing Author Coaching Submit Your Book to Me. Desperate to reconnect with her life outside Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life changing fee she'll receive on delivery or worseHeartbreaking suspenseful provocative The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood money and merit to the extremes and raises crucial uestions about the trade offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they lov. The Farm is a place where women especially immigrants go to serve as surrogates for wealthy families while living in spa like surroundings These women are
handsomely paid for their services making it a win win for both partiesOh man this couldpaid for their services making it a win win for both partiesOh man this could been such a great book If you dive into this book thinking you re getting a nightmarish Handmaid s Tale ish take on a baby harvesting farm then you re going to be disappointedThis is a story about class and privilege and the disparity between the high low ends of the spectrum The wealthy achieving their goals on back of those less fortunate has always been the way in America and this story gives a uniue take on that truth in America you only need to know how to make money Money buys everything elseAfter reading this book I feel like the author promised than she deliveredThe entire book hints at some underlying evil going on at the farm yet nothing ever happens on that front The Farm itself is pretty straightforward leaving the story to rest solely on the characters namely the surrogatesAside from Jane the main character we don t learn a whole lot about the other surrogates the wealthy parents to be or the people running the farm Although Joanne Ramos has written a book featuring a timely subject matter her telling of the story falls flat on all frontsI received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Farm is a biting social commentary Joanne Ramos is outraged in a good way Her outrage simmers below the surface at times Other times it boils over At first glance the novel appears as an indictment of the one percent and their exploitation of the poor But for Golden Oaks the novel s high end surrogacy business to thrive the desperation of poor surrogates is only one component of the story Golden Oaks also depends on the complicity of the slightly better off poor the cold ambition of the white collar class and the good intentions of the socially conscious affluent Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the story is that there doesn t seem to be anything standing in 25 Meh StarsA bit predictable one dimensional the only thing that wasn t flat for me is the image on the cover The ending is oddly disconnected to the rest of the book as though there s an entire thought process or some key information missing That being said I do think that this will likely be commercially successful because it seems to promise so much If you re thinking this is some sci fi or dystopian story it s not If you re thinking of reading this with some idea that this is about women or couples or gay couples so desperate to have a baby or babies that they hire a surrogate to do the physical labor for them that s closer to the truth but even there I felt the story fell flat and felt untrue If you re thinking it s about poor women perhaps especially immigrants who choose to carry another s child through gestation for financial rewards it is but it s about those who prey on those weak enough desperate enough whose upper class privileged background has them to give back in some way The Farm called Golden Oaks transports these women into a comfortable dorm like setting where they are then monitored what they eat where they go who they talk to etc for the duration of their pregnancy For some this is a step up in terms of setting but they all seem to have issues with the level of monitoring for one reason or another The message of this novel seems to be summed up in one sentence Because in America you only have to know how to make money Money buys everything else I kept reading thinking this would have redeeming value at some point and when I finished reading it I realized I was wrong The writing is good enough without being poignant or beautiful. Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity organic meals private fitness trainers daily massages and all of it for free In fact you get paid big money than you've ever dreamed of to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale The catch For nine months you belong to the Farm You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is monitored Your former life