9780757313721_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Denise G.

Getting It Through My Thick Skull is the true story of Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s life before the fateful day in 1992. Mary Jo became an instant celebrity the day she was shot by her husband’s teenage lover on the front porch of her home on Long Island. The unbelievable news traveled like lightning – a 36-year-old wife and mother, who by all accounts was the picture of domestication, gunned down for sins that she did not commit. Initially, no one believed that her loving husband, Joey, had anything to do with the shooting, or the young girl who tried to kill his wife. As time went on, it became apparent that just the opposite was true; Amy Fisher was convicted of attempted murder and Joey Buttafuoco of statutory rape.

The memoir is written very candidly, sometimes even with a degree of humor which contradicts some of the dark material contained in it. (Just take a look at the title and the humor becomes evident.) Mary Jo gives us a good deal of background on the Mary Jo and Joey we didn’t know, the before Buttafuocos, which helps to answer some of the questions the public has always had.

Getting It Through My Thick Skull is very unique because Mary Jo’s story is so unique. Many other memoirs have been written, and continue to be. Mary Jo’s life was altered irretrievably in that split second when she answered the door and a crazed teen was there with a gun. In her book, she does not whine or complain, but rather states the facts and lets the reader draw his or her own conclusions.

The memoir was excellent for me as a reader, and I’m sure very therapeutic for Mary Jo. I’d often wondered out loud why she stayed with that man instead of moving on, and this book gets to the heart of the matter.

For more information, please visit Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s website.

With a diverse but unsatisfying career background, Denise made the decision to pursue what she loves: writing! Her first novel, of course, is in the works. More info about her is available at her blog http://makemoney-writingonline.blogspot.com.