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Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary

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Sometimes I just let my children fall asleep in front of the TV.

In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t.

If I can’t survive my daughter as a toddler, how the hell am I going
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Published April 3rd 2012 by Gallery Books
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Amanda
Apr 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge let-down. I had such high hopes after hearing about it on the Today Show. I didn't even finish it.

The author has the mouth of a sailor. The swearing just gets old and loses it's effect - if that's what she's going for. Her language reminds me of when kids would constantly cuss in middle school just to look cool in front of people.

The funny mom moments weren't even that funny.

The synopsis says "in a culture that idolizes motherhood...", ummm what culture would that be? Bec
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Amanda
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, parenting
Smokler does a good job of elevating a blog into a book, the material is well organized and there are some sweet moments near the end.

Unfortunately, a good 3/4 of the book was more annoying than not. The tone, intended to be irreverent and provide solace for worn down parents, came off as alternatingly insulting (EW! Cloth diapers!) and shallow (What do you mean having kids means it can't be all about me anymore!?) Her attitudes towards husbands (unhelpful at best and useless when sick) were cri
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Elise
Oct 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I opted to listen to the audio CD version of this book. Smokler choosing to read this book herself doesn't do her any favors. I was hoping to find this book refreshing, honest, with a view on motherhood that was without photoshopped expectations. In some ways it rocked this, but at the end of the day the insecurities of the author ruined the entire experience.

My issues with the book may have started simply because I have never been the kind of girl Smokler describes herself as in her pre-mommy
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Kristie
A funny (and at times gross) look at parenting and parental relationships. I found this book to be honest and relatable. Some parts were funnier than others.
Michelle Cristiani
Jill Smokler is a superb blogger and a good, funny memoirist. She walks the line of being outrageous without being offensive. But when it comes to talking about motherhood, walking that line is kind-of trite. Smokler's 3 children are almost exactly the ages of mine, and I related to a lot of her musings: the pool sucks, your 'favorite' child changes almost by the minute, and having kids doesn't suddenly make you like kids. I like when I can nod my head while I read, savoring validation from anot ...more
Jacki
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free galley copy to review and I have to say, lots of people thought I was completely insane, you know, from all the random giggles and laughs that would escape me while I read this over my lunch hour.

I am already a fan of Jill from her Scary Mommy blog and was not shocked by her tone, attitude,and brilliant sarcasm. Although, like some commentors on her blog, I am sure that more than a few people will find much to horrify them in this book. These are the same people who are despera
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Michele
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moms: Blow Off Some of That Menopausal Steam and Read This Book

This book did what very few books have done during my active reading career. It made me put down a juicy, well-written character-driven novel, and not pick it up again until I finished laughing (i.e. reading) my way through this hilarious confessional on modern motherhood.

This is a book that every (honest) mother will relate to and laugh at; however, it's a book I wish every "aspiring" mother would read. We mothers often complain to
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Kerry Ann Morgan
Confessions of a Scary Mommy is not a highbrow work of literature. It's pee-in-your-pants, snort-coffee-out-your-nose, funny kind of book. It's about stretch marks, snot, and pooping on the delivery table. It's also about cutting yourself some slack, having compassion for fellow moms in the trenches, and maintaining a sense of humor as necessary skill for survival. It lifts the sacred veil off the face of motherhood, revealing that none of us really have any clue what we are doing. It's about RE ...more
Monica
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this is more of a 3.75 rating, but it was a funny listen on audio. Several laugh out loud moments that I could relate to, as well as some mom confessions that I definitely could not.
Claudine Wolk
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mommy-books
Jill Smokler's new book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, based off her very popular blog, Scary Mommy, (I have been a fan for years!)is the latest (and the greatest) attempt of a mother to share humor and honesty as it relates to motherhood. Smokler writes on the usual mom topics in a light, humorous tone and includes hilarious and equally honest and juicy, "Mom-Confessions," submitted by mom commenters from her blog. Many of Smokler's story details and confessions are "laugh out loud" funny. All ...more
Kathy
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lets just say I plan on giving this to some ppl for Mother's Day... :) it's that great!!! I'm going to get myself another copy too for the bathroom so visitors can read it too! It's so uplifting, it's wonderful!

This book is PERFECT for the struggling mom - the one with the kid who is teething one tooth at a time, one tooth every month, since about month 5, perfect for the 'surprise, your now a mommy" person.... And anyone who's got a child that is far from "easy".

Yes, there is swearing. Yes, it
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Jenn
Confessions of a Scary Mommy is one of the most entertaining books that I have read so far this year. I am a part time mommy to my boyfriend's kids. I have none of my own, and there are a lot of instances where I'm just winging it. I love my boyfriend's kids with all my heart, but sometimes they drive me crazy. I wondered if full time regular moms felt that way. I wondered if my mom ever felt this way. I have also found myself saying things my mother said to me that I always swore I was never go ...more
Pauline
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you happen to be that perfect mom the rest of us are not, don't have a sense of humor, have never dropped an F bomb in front of your toddler and then fallen down laughing when they repeated it, and are easily offended, I'd suggest you stay as far away as possible from Jill Smokler's book as is humanly possible. If, however, you happen to be real and flawed and IMPERFECT ? grab a copy of this book, a glass of wine, and kick back. It's time to relate.
Athena
May 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It sounds like it should be funny and heartwarming all in once, but it fell flat. As a working mom I get very touchy about stay at home moms that bitch and moan. Yes, I know that staying at home with your kids isn't a day at the beach- but it is a luxury not everyone can experience. So be grateful and shut the hell up!
Melissa
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 2.5 stars, maybe 3, though probably not. There are some parts of this book that are very funny, but they are few and far between. The rest is not at all. It is true that parenting is hard, and in some ways this book does get very real, and can be very relatable. However, for the most part, this book is just what the title proclaims: scary. Some of these moms, the author included, go to places I wouldn't even go, and I'm a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), too. Being a parent, and a ...more
Rebecca
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every mother needs to vent now and then, no matter how much she loves her kids and Smokler provides the space to do so on her website. "Confessions of a Scary Mommy" includes a lot of the statements women have sent her about their kids AND their husbands driving them crazy. Actually, in most of the chapters the husbands come off looking worse than the kids. What is up with men anyway? Did someone tell them that they would seem more attractive if they were inept around the house and did incredibl ...more
Lori
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was OK. Apparently this author has her own "mommy blog". The best part of the book were the short "anonymous confessions" that her blog readers have put on her blog. She included 15 or so of them at the start of each chapter. They are the kind of things that real moms can relate to and laugh at when they hear it has happened to someone else. For example, "Just got back from a weeklong vacation with my family to realize I'm not in a single picture. Was I even freaking there?!" Or, "I fo ...more
Talia
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So often in motherhood, we tend to not speak about certain things, or just outright lie about them. That’s where Scary Mommy comes in! In this collection of essays, blogger Jill Smokler introduces her movement of the Scary Mom Nation: moms who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, but also share hopes, fears, and questions about the complex enigma that is being a parent.

I’m a big fan of the website; and sadly enough, the mommy confessions are the best part of this book. The actual chapters felt v
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Ciara
just like the subtitle says: a darkly humorous take on the not-so-fluffy side of motherhood. tone-wise, this book was right up my alley. i don't like my parenting writing to be too twee or too bland. the problem is that this book is too damn short! apparently it's another book written by a blogger, & in this case, it really shows. it was like the book equivalent of the time my boyfriend & i went to a fancy history department "awards banquet". he wore a tie, i wore heels. we were expectin ...more
Tonya
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a lot of really funny things in this book, but there were a lot that just weren't funny. After a while reading about what people hate about motherhood just got a little old. I related to a lot and laughed a lot, but by about halfway through I started skimming and didn't care about finishing. It was loaded with bad language, and during one part when it was mentioned that it helped her to just think in her head "F-you" to your kid's annoying request, I thought that was just a little muc ...more
Jessica
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
Laughed so hard I cried. Then just nearly cried! True stories from the front lines of motherhood, not just from author Jill Smokler, but "confessions" from anonymous moms who posted on her blog over the years. Some of these are hilarious, like flipping off your teenage daughter after she walks out the door for the day, others are heartbreaking like not telling anyone you have postpartum depression. I really wanted more of the confessionals, actually. Some of Jill's essays were fun, but others fe ...more
Regina
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know, I actually really like ScaryMommy as a website, and I also liked the other Scary Mommy Book...but this one seemed really..."extra". Some of the confessions weren't just "Oh gee, I'm going against the mommy grain" but actually kind of,...well, scary and unnecessarily crass.

Jill herself has her funny moments, but this version didn't have the humor that helps you swallow the usual "scary mommy" diatribes. Instead this one was a bit more harsh and uncomfortable.

My overall review though is
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Tori Dee
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I laughed a lot, at the first half. Then I just started to feel depressed. The confessions had me laughing the entire time, though.

The author pokes fun at moms with well behaved children who look good. Maybe if you laid off all the sugar you're drowning your children in, then stopped bonding with other moms online who also feed their families pure shit, you'd have better behaved children. Also, you'd probably look better.
Lara
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The antidote to all the "phony" images we get bombarded with when it comes to womanhood, parenting and marriage. A very funny and easy read. I challenge you to not laugh or holler "Hell Yeah!" while reading. Maybe read it in solitude, the first time. You WILL be reading it more than once. Pass it along to new moms. As useful as the "What to Expect" books.
Jen
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Irreverent is a very good description of this book. I laughed at the library at the few lines I read, but was turned off by how irreverent she was about her body and motherhood in general. Honesty does not have to be irreverent.
Kate
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty funny at times, but ultimately made me appreciate my husband, my daughter and motherhood itself more. And even better, made me feel like I'm doing pretty damn well at this parenting thing so far.
Soňa
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read for everyone wondering f perfect mother exists and what women go through when they have children. Funny and entertaining view, with opinions from other Mums taken from blog with additional illustrations makes this tiny hardback good read to everyone.
Amanda
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love love loved this book. I could have wrote this book. Thank you for making me feel "normal" or something like that. I think every mom to be should be handed this book instead of the What To Expect books.
Amanda
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out loud at every chapter.
Laura
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was hysterical! I laughed out loud from beginning to end. I even bought copies for all my mom friends- our kids are older, but this will remind us not to wish they were small again.
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What started as an innocent on-line baby book in early 2008 to chronicle her stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Jill’s honest take on parenting has appeared in countless publications and on television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline ...more
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“Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything. (Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Gallery Books 2012).” 34 likes
“...I realized that there is no shortage of the love a mother has to offer her children. There is a never-ending supply of love, pride, and affection, and each child will no doubt receive his equal share. Thankfully, it's just the way we are built. There is, however, something that each child doesn't get the same amount of, and that is called attention.” 2 likes
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