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People I Want to Punch in the Throat: True(ish) Tales of an Overachieving Underachiever by Jen Mann

People I Want to Punch in the Throat: True(ish) Tales of an Overachieving Underachiever by Jen Mann – ⭐⭐

I don’t think there was a single mention of punching someone in the throat, which is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever been disappointed by.

Recommended: for a selective crew
For those who already know they like her style of writing, for dry snarky moms or people who expect to be a dry snarky mom

No mention of throat-punching or cupcakes are inside

Jen moves to Kansas, where she grew up, with her husband and two kids. Suburban mom life isn’t really something that agrees with her though, and she has a unique outlook that tends to alienate her from the perfecto hyper-moms around her. Get some perspectives on the craziness of the world through her dry wit and irreverence.

So. This. I had read a short collection of a few of her stories in People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Volume 1 and those three stories gave me enough chuckles that I thought I’d spring for her main, full book here.

Unfortunately for me… these two writings are quite different. The brightly colored series above, which is multiple volumes with a few stories in each, is more about general life observations and recollections. This one here, that you’re reading a review for, was more like her current life and life story, focusing on moving to Kansas and having babies. While she tells her stories with a snarky dry wit, the focus of them was largely about being a mom. As a young lady with zero maternal instinct, limited experience with kids, and no intent to ever have children, this read for me like a well-told story about something that could not possibly hold my interest.

For the right person, this would be great (example: my friend Emily, who I recommended this to, LOVED it even though she is also a young lady with no intent to have children). So it definitely isn’t a minus for everyone, but for me was one that dampened the whole experience. I was promised threats of throat punching, and instead I got PTA meetings and grocery shopping.

In short, I might recommend reading some of her other writing to see if you like her style (on her blog or in the collection like I mentioned above), and then if you do, commit to this one since it’s a longer read.


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