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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

Summary:
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.

Thoughts:
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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Reader, traveler, photographer, and always looking to learn!

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