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Life Laughs: The Naked Truth About Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,685 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
Jenny McCarthy, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Baby Laughs" and "Belly Laughs," speaks candidly about the challenges and the humor to be found in balancing motherhood and the ups and downs of marriage. Jenny McCarthy's honesty has made her a bestseller. In "Life Laughs," Jenny opens up about all of the things no one told you before you got married and had kids. Of ...more
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Published March 1st 2007 by Plume Books (first published 2006)
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Jan 28, 2009 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, i-own-it
This was my first read by Jenny McCarthy. I will defintely pick up others by her.
I laughed so hard reading this book because it is so true! I was also left feeling a tiny bit depressed, because it is so true. Great read for women.
Also good for men if they want to stop being so selfish and learn a little something about women. Like the fact that our wants and needs are completely different than their's. (Especially when it comes to sex.)
Sierra Lawrence
Mar 08, 2014 Sierra Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Love her honest take on life.
Mar 14, 2014 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little disappointing. Jenny was very honest and tried to be funny, but much of the humor fell flat for me. Don't get me wrong, I like Jenny McCarthy and think she's been an amazing example for mothers everywhere, particularly with Autistic children.

I also found it a bit light on content. I wasn't expecting long essays on the meaning of life, but each chapter was about 3 pages long. I've read many collections from various women commenting on their lives and found them more filling. Felt like it
Overall I enjoyed this book.

It was an easy read, with many laugh out loud moments. She is so open and honest in her views on everything from marriage to being a mom. As with her other books, she doesn't hold back her "anything goes" attitude. But at times I thought she was trying to hard to get a laugh, or being a bit to raunchy for shock value.

I'd say this book is easily a 3.5/5 ☆. Most woman could relate to many of the topics and find themselves laughing at their own experiences quite a bit
Jun 27, 2007 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls Night Out

Like the author, Jenny McCarthy, I was also raised Catholic in a Chicago suburb and attended Southern Illinois University. This is what compelled me to read Life Laughs, her third book. She starts out the essay collection with a warning, preparing readers for her "honesty," as she discusses a variety of personal topics in a brash, "crude, raw, and sometimes dirty" manner. Truly, it's an honest description of her simple, conversational writing.

The first three quarters of the column
Jul 17, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hot and I was lazy today, so I laid in bed, and read this entire book in two hours after work. It wouldn't have taken as long if Micah and Molly hadn't kept laying on the book. Whoever said reading and cats go together has NOT met my cats!

Anyway, this was funny and naughty, and a perfect quick read for when my brain felt like it was boiling a bit. I remember her from Singled Out when I was in junior high, I guess, and I thought she seemed like a pretty cool chick. She definitely seems lik
May 10, 2013 Mediaman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny McCarthy thinks she's smart but she's not--she's just a smart aleck who wastes these pages rambling on about silly subjects. It's like listening to a 9th-grade girl gossip with her girlfriends about boys, sex, and partying while complaining about how rough everyday life is. Namely, it's annoying! It's not even worthy of a review--she says nothing that hundreds of people haven't better written about before and her attempts at humor fall flat on every page. She insults men constantly, demean ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Go rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was over-the-top vulgar. There was so much potty humor, if you can call it “humor”, I was not laughing. It was not worth reading, not worth one star even. Throughout most of the book I was cringing because of all the repulsive descriptions she gave, it was uncomfortable. A lot of it was repetitive and the expletives were thrown in whenever possible. She came across as really sleazy. What is with her obsession with “south of the border?” There is more to life. The subtitle to her book could ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Meh. This was definitely the worst of her books so far. I didn't find this one funny at all, and there was no rhyme or reason to it. It was supposed to be a book about marriage, but she got divorced during it and changed the theme to "life". However the first half IS about marriage and the second half is about nothing, making it a very disjointed book. I just really didn't like this one.

I may still read her later books, though, because I am curious how her life changed after her son was diagnos
Nov 27, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
No man should read this book - they just wouldn't get it, but its hilarious for women who are mom's and wives. I laughed out loud so much. She's a little vulgar, but her stories are so funny that they make you see your life in a different way. Not to mention, helps you laugh about the craziness that does happen in your own life.
Jun 28, 2015 Mai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, relationships
Hilarious,I loved this book ,jenny's straightforward way of telling the truth is's quick and fun read that I totally recommend for a good laugh :)
Dec 19, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenny McCarthy is awesome! And not just in her books, in life she seems like such an awesome person too. I spent my early teen years watching her on Singled Out and loved her quirky personality on that show. If you've never heard of it or never watched it it's a show about getting a date and she was one of the hosts on the actual show.

Previously I have read her other books about her pregnancy and the first year of her son's life. This book continues on from the previous one and just tells funny
Oct 01, 2008 Beejay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's very funny little book that I found in the bargain aisle at Borders. I don't like much some negative or actually overreacted thoughts in the book, however it made me laugh - you know, laughing/smiling is always good. For example, this is about guys going out together:

"When guys go out with their friends they seem to lose brain cells and all concept of reality. Unlike girls, men still try to go out to a club to see if they're still "got it". Not to cheat (hopefully), just to see if their fea
Dec 20, 2010 Kitt-e-kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I read this because I've always been a fan of Jenny McCarthy. I've always thought Jenny was a riot on TV. I watched her from her beginning on MTV's Singled Out, her own short lived comedy skit show The Jenny McCarthy Show and some of her bad movies she did in later years. I wasn't really interested in her mommy or autism books but I did see this book & thought I try it cause it was about other stuff in her life. I knew by getting into reading this book that I couldn't take anything seri ...more
Mar 07, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only people who read and enjoyed the first 2
Recommended to Karen by: Colleen
So, I read her first 2 books because anyone who's gone through this stuff (i.e. pregnancy & early motherhood) is automatically wiser than you are in that arena. I don't think she's a particularly good writer, but she's very honest and real. And while I was entering this crazy thing called motherhood I really appreciated a frank account of someone else's life during that time. That being said, this book isn't really about any aspect of life I'm not familar with (other than divorce which I hav ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Lani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, biography
This is another one that I just couldn't entirely appreciate because of where I am in life.

I did find this one much more fun, but it is still about much of Jenny's mommyhood and her 'pregnancy recovery'. This one is a little less a 'how to be a new mom' helpful hints book, and more about the life she leads now.

Jenny is funny, and the tone is the same as previously - you feel like a friend getting a quirky email update for each chapter. It's a shame she doesn't do more on TV, because she is clea
Nov 28, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh Jenny, you aren't the greatest writer, but I do admire your humor, spirit, and courage. To put yourself out there in the manner than she does, is hard. Yes, it is quite crass in many, many ways, but also amusing. I sat alone and burst out laughing as I read the various chapters. Some, I do have to say made me feel kind of bad for her and for those who may have to deal with some of the scenarios she mentioned... I feel as though I live a somewhat normal life and she seems to believe she does a ...more
Nov 12, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This personal autobiography from Jenny McCarthy is filled with the naked truth about motherhodd, marriage, and moving on!

In this book Jenny McCarthy exploits her many personal experiences. At times, her tribulations were hilarious, and at other times, they were down right nasty. I gave this book three stars because overall it was a good read, but not my cup of tea. A friend recommended it to me,and I was utterly surprised at how she could have gotten her hands on it. I do not really recommend th
Aug 14, 2008 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I loved Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs so I thought I would love this book too. Maybe I've gotten to be too much of a "Mom" the last few years but I was offended by some of her language and subjects. Though, she warns everyone in the first paragraph about just that. I have to admit I did laugh at a few things though. How can't you? She is a very funny girl.

The reason I picked this book up is because after reading her first two books and then hearing she got a divorce I was curious about what happe
Melanie Grace
I adore Jenny McCarthy. I was really excited to find a book by her at the thrifty store. What luck! At the start she talks about how crass and crude she is. And I'm sure ten or so years ago when she wrote the book it may have been a little shocking. Sadly, this book has not aged as well as she has. We are all a little crass and crude and you can get this kind of blunt, funny honesty on any blog.
I'm glad I read the book but even as my bath time book it took me Forever to get through. I adore you
I'm not a big Jenny McCarthy fan, due to the whole vaccination thing. Last night I ran into Half Price Books at 5 minutes until closing determined to grab a JENNA McCarthy book, deliberately passed over several JENNY McCarthy books, then somehow ended up with one of hers anyway. Oops.

So far it's better than Belly Laughs, anyway, which I read a long time ago and thought was somewhere between so-so and not very good.

Finished: I probably gave this three stars because it was exactly what I was in t
Nov 06, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Andrea Nicole
I've never been a fan of McCarthy, but received a copy via bookcrossing from a friend of mine and decided to give it a chance.

This is a very short book, filled with several very short chapters that are really each very short stories. There is no cohesiveness between chapters. Each one reads as its own anecdote.

Perhaps because I am neither married nor a mother, I wasn't as amused by Jenny's quips on life. It didn't make me laugh but there were a few chuckles. And I really don't care if Jenny has
Oct 11, 2008 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny's first 2 books focused on the humor and joys, as well as awkwardness and difficulties, of pregnancy and the first year as a family. This book is a transition as it becomes apparent that her perfect little boy has some very serious challenges to face. In addition, her marriage suffers as a consequence. Read this to enjoy and laugh, but keep in mind what happens next in her life and you will find additional levels of poignancy. Still a very funny and enjoyable read, it also shows Jenny's de ...more
If you read Louder Than Words you will know that Jenny wrote this during a very tramultuous time in her life. She was struggling with her son's autism diagnosis and the end of her marriage. This probably explains why the language is pretty raw in this one compared to Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs--the book was probably an outlet for her. The stories are pretty random (the book lacks a central theme like Belly and Baby) but it is also pretty funny. If you're a mom who likes Chelsea Handler's books ...more
Granted Jenny McCarthy is not the best writer in the world. She was darn FUNNY! I felt like she was sitting in my living room talking my ear off for one afternoon. Because that's how long it took me to read the entire book. It was such an easy read. I spent a Saturday afternoon laughing my head off at Jenny's (were on a first name basis now) views on marriage. She talks about her divorce in the book but she never bad mouths her ex-husband. She seems really ok with everything. I think that is bec ...more
Jun 27, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't know if I really like this book or not. Whe she says the "The Naked Truth," in the title, she isn't kidding. I don't know if I should be embarassed for reading it or embarassed for her for writing it. Parts of it were funny. Parts of it were too much information, such as the bachelor party chapter. Did I need to know that? Sadly, much of this book falls into the too much information category. On the other hand, I openly admit I laughed out loud at sections of it. I especially liked the P ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Clare by: Amber
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While some of the wording and phrases could be labeled a bit raunch (although she does warn you in the beginning of just this) I enjoyed Jennie's humor through her observances of everyday things that happen in a marriage. Some of the stuff was so true and I found myself bobbing my head in agreement. This was a very fast read, the chapters are never more than two or three pages. And Jennie is witty, frank and brutally honest. But I felt it was lacking more. Perhaps she was holding back for anothe ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book multiple times and am reading it again to share with my husband. I will literally laugh out loud at times because Jenny is so straight forward and witty when talking about life. Most people wouldn't dream of saying things that she does but I'm grateful Jenny does cause I am the same way! Would highly recommend this book if you need a good laugh but you must have a good sense of humor or you may think it's a bit vulgar in parts.
Erin Nudi
Jan 06, 2011 Erin Nudi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenny McCarthy wrote about writing this book in her other book, Louder Than Words. This book was originally supposed to be called "Marriage Laughs" but with her marriage coming to an end, she had to change the name to "Life Laughs." She also wrote this book while she was dealing with her son's autism (only kept going with it I believe because she needed the income) and I like how she can find a funny twist on everything in life, even the bad stuff. Cute and uplifting.
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Jennifer McCarthy is an American model, comedian, actress and author. She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books dealing largely with her pregnancy and motherhood of a child with autism.
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