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Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat (Book) Review

 
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4.5/ 5


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1 total rating

 

We liked?


A laugh filled look at the holiday season.

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The author leans toward the negative, and it serves her humor well - but it will not appeal to everyone.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“I am sure if you pressed me, I could come up with a few things I like about the holidays, but this book isn’t about what I like, now is it?” Popular blogger Jen Mann delivers a laugh-filled volume of short stories about the stress-filled days that come with celebrating the holidays with family and […]

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Posted October 26, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

“I am sure if you pressed me, I could come up with a few things I like about the holidays, but this book isn’t about what I like, now is it?”

Popular blogger Jen Mann delivers a laugh-filled volume of short stories about the stress-filled days that come with celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Though we love the whole thing, for the most part, there are many parts leading up to the celebrations that would make anyone want to pull their hair out. Rather than offering readers a how-to on how to survive until January, Mann entertains with a series of stories about her own holiday disasters, old and new – and as owner of a blog titled “People I Want to Punch in the Throat”, you know she won’t be pulling any punches (pun intended).

Most of the stories in the book focus on Christmas – it is a major holiday when it comes to going all out, and as daughter of a mother who went completely overboard when it came to Christmas, Jen Mann has plenty of hilarious stories to make your own hours shopping, wrapping, and decorating seem not so bad after all. From lecherous mall santas to arguments over ornaments, she’s seen it all – and she’s not afraid to complain about any of it. And that’s okay. So many times, especially as a mother, it can feel like we’re expected to face every aspect of the holidays with a smile and absolute joy – it’s refreshing to see someone who looks at it all as a great opportunity for some hilarious stories in the future, and who isn’t worried about trying to make it all seem perfect.

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat is filled with tales of holiday horrors, delivered with acerbic wit by author Jen Mann. Though it focuses mainly on the Christmas holidays, a few other holidays get the People I Want to Punch in the Throat treatment as well, giving readers both laughs and a sense of relief that everything doesn’t have to perfect. It’s a great reminder with the holidays right around the corner – and a perfect gift for your mom friends with a sense of humor.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)