When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punchesIn this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits.
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The author starts this book off in a way that implies she's assuming you've read her last book. This is not really an issue if, you know, you did. But if this is the first book you've read of her it comes off a bit cocky and ridiculous. The saving grace for this, though, is that I found out on the very first page that pumpkin spice EVERYTHING gets on both of our nerves.
As I went on, I got used to the author's voice and was able to focus on the stories themselves, which range from funny to exposing. This is the kind of book that becomes of writers who take a lot of stock into the phrase "be nice, or I'll write you into my next book"
Overall: this type of writing seems better suited for a blog than a book. I most likely wouldn't spend money on this book, despite the stories being interesting and short. But the thing is, I'm not sure I would even borrow it at a library. There are too many other books I'd want to read. The saving grace: I work in a call center with a lot of cynical people who would probably not hate this as a gift.
Thank you NetGalley for the complimentary e-arc in exchange for an honest review.