Posted in Books

Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And there are spoilers ahead!

Okay….now to the review. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

I’ve definitely read books in Instant message/chat format before… TTYL by Lauren Myracle for example. So when I started this book and it was in text message format, I wasn’t really phased. However, I love that Hemmingway also add it in excerpts from journal entries as well as regular letters also. It was a great way to provide background information around the story without breaking the format of the way it was being written. If you haven’t read a book that is written in conversation form, you really need to give it a try. It’s unique to get used to at first, but I honestly enjoy it more than the standard book format.

For the storyline itself, I thought it was hilarious. After all, who doesn’t feel like they have an overbearing parent at one point or another in their life? I loved the way that this book slightly showed that it can be a learned behavior from the parent before. Margot’s mother was overbearing and could never be pleased, so Margot transferred that onto Lisa and Crystal also. But, I bet if you ask Margot, she would never recognize that she does the same things to her daughters that her mother does to her.

AI and Androids is a huge theme in modern day culture. And let’s face it, realistically we really aren’t that far away from having smart companions/robots/androids or whatever else you want to call them. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds almost on a daily basis. And with how obsessed we are with technology already, it’s not that far of a leap to start preparing for having our own robots. Now, falling in love with one and starting a relationship, that may be a little bit more outside the realm of possibility, but then again, you never really know.

I loved the way that Crystal tried to make her mom happy. Even if she was doing it for more selfish reasons than she wanted to admit. I’ll be honest, her writing a sequel to Rapunzel didn’t interest me. I understand where it was coming from and the plot line, but I felt that the story would have been the same without it. Now the dinosaur sex book on the other hand… That was a great little twist and a side pot into the story i’ll be honest, her writing a sequel to Rapunzel didn’t interest me. I understand where it was coming from and the plot line, but I felt that the story would have been the same without it. Now the dinosaur sex book on the other hand… That was a great little twist and a side part into the story.

I didn’t like the way that Lisa and Crystal kept things from their mom, but I also grew up as an only child so conspiring with a sibling is not something that I ever experienced.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be rereading it in the future. This is 100% going to be on my top list of books and I’m already excited for the future me that re-reads it. I also hope that it is turned into an audiobook, because I feel that with the right narrator is, it will be absolutely hilarious.

Thank you to Crystal Hemmingway and LibraryThing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!

Advertisements
Posted in Books

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

I remember downloading this book awhile ago onto my Audible account and then promptly forgetting about it. I love audiobooks, but it’s not always easy for me to get into them. I tend to want the narrator to read quicker than they are. And then I get discouraged by how much time is still left for the book.

Scrolling through my Audible account, I actually clicked on a different book by Gary John Bishop. Within the first couple minutes, he mentioned “as I talked about in Unfu*k Yourself” (or something along those lines), I knew I needed to stop and listen to Unfu*k Yourself. And I am definitely glad I did.

At 3.5 hours, this is a quick book to listen to. Well, it is when your normal commute is approximately 45min each way and most of your job involves driving anyways.

I absolutely loved this book. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. I love the no holds barred approach that Bishop takes with this book. He calls it like it is but does it in a way that does not get you offended. Instead of making excuses for why your life is the way it is, you find yourself agreeing with him and wanting to make the necessary changes. But like he says, wanting to make the changes doesn’t mean anything if you don’t actually make the changes to have a happier and better life.

If anyone needs a kick in the pants, a word of encouragement, or some extra motivation about your life, this is the book for you.

However, if you are super easily offended, especially by cursing, move along.

Audiobook is the way to go for this book. Bishop narrates it himself and he does an incredible job.