People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, And Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann | Book Review

A few years ago I came across a link to Jen Mann’s screed against Elf On The Shelf on facebook. Despite being childfree with no real understanding of Elf On The Shelf and it’s phenomenon, I clicked the link. Mann’s rant was epic and hilarious. I told myself I would continue to read and watch her blog. However, I am a bit lazy and terrible at internet-ing, so I stopped paying attention to her blog. When I saw that People I Want To Punch In The Throat was coming out in book form, my memory was jogged and I just knew that I had to read Mann’s book. Comedy isn’t easy and from what I remember about Mann’s Elf On The Shelf rant, she has real talent for being funny. Suffice to say, I expected People I Want To Punch In The Throat to be a barrel of laughs and for once, my expectations were totally met.

People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots And Other Suburban Scourges opens with Mann’s story of meeting her husband via AOL. It made me nostalgic for a simpler time when everyone was into AOL Instant Messenger and meeting people from the internet was dangerous. The book continues with a story about Mann’s wedding day and some grown up items, and then continues with her life and adventures living and raising her children in Kansas suburbia. Even though my life is drastically different from Mann’s given that I live in a super-rural area where I am pretty sure people don’t even have playgroups, I found myself able to connect with Mann’s narrative. She writes of people with pretension and snobbery in such a hilarious way. I think we’ve all come across humblebraggers no matter where we live or our lifestyle. We all know those people who like to one up everyone around them. Like Mann, I too often want to punch those people in the throat, but refrain.

There are some chapters that definitely stick out more than others. Among my favorites were when Mann and her husband accidentally go to a picnic at a swinger’s house as well as one about Mann’s son Gomer being bullied by this one girl whose mom is actually really awesome and runs this exclusive book group. Also her stories about people to watch for at garage sales was super funny too. To be honest, this entire book is hysterical and worth reading.

I have a mouth like a sailor, so there was absolutely nothing in this book that offended or shocked me. I loved how Mann seemed so down to Earth in this book and like the sort of person I would enjoy being neighbors with. People I Want To Punch In The Throat is the type of book that I read in a blink and then went around telling everyone I work with who actually has a sense of humor to read. I mean, I would not recommend this book to someone who prefers books with no swearing or “clean” books. However, if you are salt of the earth or roll your eyes at suburbia, you should pick up a copy of Jen Mann’s People I Want To Punch In The Throat.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. I am definitely buying this one. I love this kind of writing.
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