At times you don’t necessarily need to know everything, just wing it [Winging It-Book Review]

September 2, 2018

I got this book from the guys at Pan Macmillan SA a while back. I finished it 2 weeks ago and today I share my thoughts.

Book Details

Title: Winging It: Jonathan Kaplan’s Journey from World-Class Ref to Rookie Solo Dad|| Author: Joanne Jowell || Published: April 1, 2018|| Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA || Genre: || Pages: 300


Jonathan Kaplan, celebrated international rugby referee and former world record-holder for most Test caps, had his fair share of challenging moments on the field. He was known for his commitment to fair play, ability to defuse tense situations, and courage in making difficult, and sometimes controversial, decisions.

All this would stand JK in good stead and come back into play when, at the age of 47, he made two life-changing decisions. The first was to blow his whistle for the last time and end his career as a professional rugby ref. The second was to become a parent – and a solo parent at that.

Winging It is the story of JK’s decision to have a baby by surrogate, the two-year fertility process that followed, and the subsequent birth of his son Kaleb. Winging It draws on the insights of key role-players in JK’s journey, including the extraordinary experience of the surrogate mother herself.

In this story we get to seen how JK navigates the journey of being a single parent.

My Thoughts

Firstly, the writing style is just perfect. I enjoyed the fact that, the author differentiated between what the characters in the story were saying and her own thoughts (which are written in italics). Throughout the book different characters are introduced and it is labeled accordingly as to whose perspective, we’re reading from.

I think the premise or topic of IVF and Surrogacy is portrayed perfectly for anyone to understand. I’d never have imagined this type of situation happening to a straight guy which was a great story to follow. The entire process was a learning curve for me as I only knew the general stuff not the  details.

The way the characters are portrayed you get to understand how they think and this book showed that, they are good people in this world, who would do anything just to help another person without the need to be paid for it, which was just amazing to read.

The support JK got from his family was just amazing and I truly enjoyed reading about that part of his life.

Overall, this was a great story, I really enjoyed it and would truly recommend it to anyone.


4 out of 5 stars

Those were my thoughts and I’d like to know yours if you’ve read this book and thank you again to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me a copy.

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