9780062341624_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Karen Alpert, popularly known for her blog Baby Sideburns, is a witty and quirky mom who decided to take many of the things that happen in real life and share them with the world.

Alpert boldly discusses aspects of our lives that no one wants to talk about!! Comparing our children (both to each other and to kids in other families…you KNOW you do it too!), comparing our bodies to other women, dealing with in-laws and other people at the holidays, the woes of Mommyhood, and the best of all: husbands! She discusses it all…and she doesn’t hold back! Ever wonder if anyone else’s husband brags about his poops and wants to show it to you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Have you ever lied about having “stomach troubles” just so that your husband would watch the kids for you while you go into the bathroom for 20 minutes of peace and quiet? Have you ever wanted to kill a cartoon character? All of these things and more are confessions by Karen Alpert and the really sad funny crazy thing is that odds are most of us moms have thought them or confessed them at one time or another but Karen is making money off of it! {Insert evil laugh by Karen Alpert here.}

I found myself laughing and chuckling throughout most of this book because a great deal of what Karen has to say is so familiar to me. Thoughts I’ve had, things I’ve said, things I’ve wished, or things I’ve personally experienced. It’s amazing how we all worry and try to outdo one another, yet we’re all more similar than we’re allowed to believe. One thing I found that I could not identify with Alpert on is her constant use of profane language. She was constantly dropping the F-bomb through the *entire* book. I know it wasn’t on every page but it sure felt like it, especially when there were some pages that it was used several times. Now, I realize that with a book where the author is calling her children A-Holes (however lovingly it is used) I shouldn’t be surprised with cursing. And cursing in and of itself doesn’t shock me or bother me. But when it’s used excessively (as it is in this book) it’s not only annoying, but tiresome. The only other problem, albeit minor, is that near the end of the book many of the ideas tend to repeat themselves. I found myself flying through the last few chapters because it seemed to just be more of the same I’d already read and frankly I was done.

Did I find enjoyment in I Heart My Little A-Holes? Yes. I laughed and enjoyed certain portions. While I enjoyed it, it is not my favorite book on motherhood and the silly things that we as mothers have to deal with.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.