Amy L. Campbell's Reviews > S'Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him

S'Mother by Adam  Chester
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Apr 11, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: advanced-copy, ebook, 2011, blogged, netgalley, reviewed
Read on April 27, 2011

Note: Review copy provided by Netgalley.

What should have been a funny, lighthearted glimpse at an eccentric and overbearing mother turned out to be a very angry and appalling expose on a woman who probably has some serious mental health issues. The letters were strange and even borderline funny, but Adam Chester's voice is so angry and belittling of his mother that it is difficult to find any charm or humor in his mother's letters or his interpretation thereof. While the first chapter or so was okay, we start to see a lot of what will be the downfall of this book once Chester starts complaining that his mother moved into his dorm after he had a fairly serious car accident that resulted in the removal of bone fragments from his hip. While this is obviously an inappropriate response from his mother, holding in that anger and frustrating for 30 years is a far cry from being healthy itself.

Adam Chester's mother may be insane, but she's not the only one with issues here. And as Chester states himself he sometimes refuses correspondence with his mother which may have exacerbated the problem. This author needs some serious distance from this topic and I feel like I am less of a person for having read this.
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Kinga But the author admits he needs therapy and that he has lots of issues, especially that he sometimes used passive agression to deal with the situation.
He said it took him years and some therapy to even be able to look at the comical side of things.

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