I was introduced to Jen Mann and her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat a year or so ago when I came across this post somewhere on the internets. I can't remember how I found it, but I loved it! I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to read her newest book People I Want to Punch in the Throat. It isn't due to be released until September 9th, but you really should go ahead and preorder this book. If you have followed her blog at all, you know it will be a good one.
This book reads like a collection of blog posts, each chapter could stand alone. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to read this it; I just couldn't seem to put it down. I laughed so hard in some places that I know I looked ridiculous to the people around me. Jen Mann addresses many of the things that drive us all crazy about the people around us, but her main focus here is all the crazies she meets in association with being a wife and mother. The overprotective preschool mom who won't get to know Jen or her daughter because she doesn't know them? Covered. The micromanaging room moms who decide the class Halloween party needs to be sugar-free? In there. The hyper-competitive, passive-aggressive moms? Oh, yeah, they are totally in the book. I really like this woman. We share so many of the same opinions- she hates the dance mom on TLC that is mean to everyone, she thinks cheerleading is dumb because it's just girls cheering for boys playing sports, and she loves her minivan, even if it's not the cool car to drive.
Fair warning: this book is not light on the profanity. The f-word plays a big part in Mann's vocabulary so if that is something that bothers you, beware. On the other hand, I know that will just make some of you like her more. A little like Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, this was a fun peek into someone else's life that also serves to help me realize I'm not the only one. Read her book and then follow her blog. Everyone needs a little more laughter and sarcasm in their life. Right?