I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann
Published by @throat_punch Books on October 4th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Satire
From the popular, hysterical and award-winning blogger Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat.com comes the next destined-to-be holiday classic! You'll want to make room on your bookshelf next to A Christmas Carol and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat.
So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy Jen's latest collection of humorous rants dissecting the “most wonderful time” of the year. She unleashes her biting wit and hilarious opinions on everything from cookie exchanges to annual humble brag Christmas letters from over achieving moms to horrifyingChristmas' of her childhood.
In this book you'll find such topics as:
The White Trash Dollhouse
Like a Neon Virgin in Guess Jeans and Swatch Watches
A Very Special Christmas: Hoarders Style
and, of course, the viral sensation: Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies
Reading "Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat" will fill you with nostalgia-- in the same way you are filled with nostalgia when you see pictures of yourself wearing a Thriller t-shirt, red-suspenders and sporting a mullet in your 6th grade yearbook. Cringe-worthy because you remember the moment so well, hilarious because you are so glad someone else had the same experience! Robin O'Bryant, author of Ketchup is a Vegetable & Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves
“Jen's passionate and provocative writing packs a wallop. Her rants are hot-tempered, hilarious and full of heartfelt honesty (although she denies having a heart). Jen is fearless, unapologetic and authentic. People who don't read her stuff should be punched in the throat.” -Nikki Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink and Swear: How to Love the Little Bastards in Your Life
“Please read my mom's book, because it will make her feel pretty.” - Gomer, 7
“OMG, Mom, this book is so embarrassing for you.” - Adolpha, 5
About the Author:
Jen is the author of the popular blog www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com. name pretty much says it all. It's not “Rainbows & Unicorns,” people. She's been accused of saying what everyone else is thinking and dropping the f-bomb liberally.
How to share my feelings about this book? It is so hilariously good. I wanted to cry it is so funny. I have so much of this highlighted to share and I cannot even choose which parts to share.
The first reason this is great is because Jen Mann is snarky. I really understood but also felt her anecdotes. It is her life with her family during various holidays but it is really everyone’s life.
Who relishes recounting their favorite holiday story of the day their niece or granddaughter was a tyrannical, out-of-control toddler? My family, that’s who.
No Jen. It’s every family, trust me!!
The stories are freaking hilarious though! And it is all hilarity and PAIN that we go through during the holidays that make us laugh. Otherwise we are all going to just break down and cry.
She is surrounded by a family of overachievers that go out of their way to do everything from decorate multiple trees, to buying the best gifts! It’s not only her family though, it is every single person around her. Except her husband! He is Chinese and doesn’t’ get the whole “American” Christmas thing. This just causes more stress and hassle, which again is hilarious!
There is a bit religious talk but it doesn’t go overboard. Although I celebrate Christmas for reasons from before Christ, I understand why Christians celebrate his birthdate on that day. She talks strictly about Jesus’s birth.
“Right. And what is Chrismas about?” I asked.
“Presents!” yelled Adolpha from her closet.
“No!” I said, shaking my head. “No. We celebrate a birthday. Whose birthday are we celebrating? He was born in a stable … a long time ago … ”
“Grandpa?” Adolpha called.
Jen also talks about shopping with her during the holidays. How she has children and she also has friends that do not and have no clue about what needs to be done on a daily basis to make your kids happy.
“You guys, don’t feel bad for me. My life is great. I have my bad-ass minivan, yoga pants for every day of the week, and a husband who is willing to buy front-loaders as his Christmas present. Not many husbands would do that.” I was puzzled. Neither of them looked the least bit envious.
In short: this entire book was hilarious. The only downside was that it is sometimes difficult to tell when her snarkiness starts and where it ends. When talking about something like religion, not knowing where someone is being sarcastic could make their point hiccup.
You can purchase her books here: http://amzn.to/QSie2T