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Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,588 ratings  ·  457 reviews
A sharp, funny, and heartfelt memoir about fatherhood and the ups and downs of raising a family in modern America

No one writes about family quite like Drew Magary. The GQ correspondent and Deadspin columnists stories about trying to raise a family have attracted millions of readers online. And now hes finally bringing that unique voice to a memoir. In Someone Could Get
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Gotham (first published May 2nd 2013)
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May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Hahaha! Drew Magary is a funny guy. My husband and I have been fans of his articles at Deadspin for several years now, and some of his lines are so great they get adopted and are regularly used in our daily conversations. (It would take too long to explain the story and context behind each bit, but trust me, we think they are hilarious.)

Someone Could Get Hurt is a collection of Drew's humorous stories about being a parent. Here are some funny bits:

"It was Saturday and my parents were in town and
Children are like very small terrorists: You can't negotiate with them.


If you've been there and done that, this one is for you. And if you haven't, this book will better prepare you for the reality of spending 24 hours a day with a baby/toddler/child than any of the What to Expect books EVER will.

I cannot express enough how truly HORRIFYING it is to have this...this...THING around ALL THE TIME! This thing that needs you for its very survival. This thing that as soon as it is mobile,
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this experience. I used to write a diary for my children, just writing-up memories of special moments, but got bored with my own thoughts and words. So I stopped doing it when I realized that I might bore them with it.

Reading this young dad's experiences with the birth of his children, the learning curve for his wife and himself as new parents and the behavioral challenges of the young children, reminded me of those diaries I stopped writing. I enjoyed reading this book and
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I basically read this because Drew wrote it. It doesn't get simpler than that.

That being said, it's a painfully obvious memoir of parenthood that is as recognizable as it is deadly funny. Oh, and did I mention the painful bits? It's all there.

Yes, it's a no-holds-barred look at himself and his relationship with his small children. With an honest look at his mistakes, his frustrations, and his semi-willingness to let his daughter destroy a perfect pizza.

Trust me. That story was breathtaking and
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first became aware of Drew Magary (Twitter) from his writing on I enjoyed his snarky (if sometimes crude) sense of humor, his CAPS LOCK RANTS, and his ability to be brutally, heartbreakingly honestparticularly in his Dadspin columns. I also read and enjoyed his first novel, THE POSTMORTAL (reviewed here). So with many friends having kids, and that discussion taking place at my home, I decided to give SOMEONE COULD GET HURT a read.

SOMEONE COULD GET HURT starts and ends with the
Lee Anne
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Since I became a mom some eight years ago, I have read a LOT of parenting memoirs. This is the best one by a mile.

I was already familiar with Drew Magary's parenting blog on the sports website Deadspin (thanks to my sister), so I knew he was hilarious and foul-mouthed on the subject. But this book is so much more, and even caused me to tear up a few times.

I want every parent I know to read this. If you're skeptical, just pick it up and read either "Princesses and Palefaces" or "Faka" (which is
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Absolutely hilarious, and poignant in all the right places. Recommended without hesitation to anyone who has feigned sleep next to their spouse so that they won't have to be the one to get up with the crying baby.
Serena.. Sery-ously?
It's never gonna pe perfect - no, it's not. You're gonna keep fucking up, and fucking up badly. But you can't give up. You have to keep fighting to make things right. Because that's what love is. Love means you never stop trying to be better.

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Bon Tom
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In many regards, I hade it easier than the author.
In some regards, I had it harder.

I wouldn't do some mistakes he did.
But I did some other.

All in all, we had same, terrifying, strangely beautiful, impossibly
hard, surprisingly extatic experience called Parenthood.

May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: Shauna
Parts of this memoir are very, very funny.

I literally LOLed while reading the chapter "Evening at the Improv." My 6-year-old demanded that I tell him what was so funny. Unfortunately, we were in a waiting room at the time, so I told him it wasn't appropriate. Once we got home I read the entire chapter about Magary coaxing his then-3-year-old daughter to take baths by telling her butt jokes. Jokes about sticking things up one's bum are always entertaining. Magary telling his daughter that she
Evan Kirby
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel slightly bad about rating this book this low, as it wasn't bad or anything, it just wasn't really outwardly funny or offered much about anything. I mean, I'm far from a parent, but I'm down with hearing some funny, yet heartwarming tales about the trials and tribulations of raising children, but there wasn't much here. First off it wasn't very funny, and I usually love Magary's humour (although I'm finding I'm less keen on his actual books than just his blog articles), but mainly the ...more
Susannah Sanford mcdaniel
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Freaking. Hilarious. Seriously.

I knew this would be funny. I did not, however, know I would bust out laughing in odd public situations, loud enough to make other people uncomfortable. I would read on the couch at home, and hubby would come home to find me laughing to tears. Mildly embarrassing.

Magary manages to hit the highlights of parenthood to him so far without feeling too...preachy or mildly depressing or obsessive. Some of the chapters/stories are more serious, some are only funny.

Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice way to enter into the world of parenthood, which is exactly why a good friend gave it as an "expecting" gift. A lot of the humor didn't land on me and I never felt like he tapped into genuine insight or depth. The stories would often abruptly end compared to most personal essays, as if the punchline was hit so it was sufficient to move on. But there is a little joy on being blunt about the joyful misery that parenthood can bring on, and to be honest, I'm giving it an extra star ...more
Van Edwards
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
As a father of three boys, there is ZERO insight in this book. I can relate to the frustrations of child-rearing that he's experiencing in the book - that "what is wrong with you?" mentality. And it was mildly entertaining, but I could have done without all the F-bombs (on every page), and other curse bombs lobbed. It might have been about 10 pages shorter with out them. And I am by no means the model father, but good grief, the pot and DUI stories are just ridiculous, if they're all true.
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-for-children
I downloaded the sample, and had to buy the book to see how that first bit ended. If not, I'd be wondering forever.

Funny, plenty of cussing, modern dad's perspective on parenting.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So wonderfully honest and funny! I loved it :) 5 stars :)
Meghan Lyons
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect book for maternity leave. Finishing this book made me realize that Ive been scoring others on Goodreads too easy...this was truly deserving of a 5.

LOTS of cursing, so if thats offensive to you, you probably wont enjoy this.

I woke up the dogs snorting with laughter on multiple occasions while reading this on my kindle and nursing the baby in the middle of the night. Literally laugh-out-loud hilarious. Lots of very relatable content for parents. There was one chapter in the middle that
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I've had this guy and his kids following me through the grocery section of WalMart on numerous occasions. Ever wondered if the word "No" has disappeared from the English language or why modern parents think WalMart is a good place to practice Love and Logic techniques?
That said, I found this book to be funny. Really funy! I also found it exasperating at times b/c of parental wimpiness (imho). It was also very honest. Yeah, the real stuff of parenting in today's culture.
James Verburg
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Funny. Laugh out loud funny in some cases. Anyone who's a parent or has ever had to watch a child for even a day is going to find some relatable stories here. What surprised me most was how touching this was.
This is not a "how to parent" book. If you want that, look elsewhere. This is a book for those of us who've been entrusted with kids and have no idea what we are doing, and really just want someone to feel our pain. If you can't laugh at how ridiculous your kids are, then don't read this.
Devon DeRaad
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want Drew Magarys internal monologue live-streamed into my brain ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Honest and entertaining. I laughed out loud multiple times.
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
My brother and sister-in-law gifted my husband this book on the eve of our arrival to Parenthood (or maybe just after we'd had our kid). I've never seen him read anything and he certainly hasn't had the time as a SAHD.

The quarantine has shut down the library so my usual source of reading materials has dried up. I chose this over other undesirable options from my husband's unused book collection (mostly about athletes) but I'd already watched the Michael Jordan docudrama and had had my fill of
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, hilariousness!!! Anyone who has kiddos has to read this. The "Faka" chapter alone took it to five stars for me. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud while reading this much ever. There is also a serious side too, which might be hard to read for some (baby in the NICU). Super quick read, too, always a plus!
Adriel Hartnett
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 5-stars
Surprisingly funny. I love the way Drew Magary writes things down.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
very good. really funny. not sure why i read a parenting memoir considering I am a 15 year old girl, but the fact that I liked it so much says a lot.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"My wife and I agreed that we needed to have a second child because an only child is 90 percent more likely to have an imaginary friend who wants to murder you in your sleep."

"Having a third child means you should never again expect the world to sympathize with you. Even people with two kids deserve some compassion because until you have two children, you have no idea how big a pain in the ass two kids are. You think it's going to be double the work, but it's not. It's four times the work
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
My wife and I have long been fans of Magary's work in GQ, where he serves as a columnist. So it was that we looked forward to the release of this book, which promised to be a look at parenting from the typically Magary-hilarious perspective.

For the most part, we weren't let down. When Magary's funny, he's REALLY funny. A few examples of the gems that pepper this book include struggling with his son's accidental profanity, fighting with his wife over who will take charge of a nighttime feeding,
Penny McGill
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't as funny as I hoped it would be but I am not disappointed. I knew Drew Magary was a magazine author from an interview I had read so I was prepared for it to be written well and wasn't at all disappointed.

He tells the regular tales of parenthood being surprisingly hard and he does it honestly and beautifully. Some of his anecdotes hurt to read because they are funny and you laugh so hard and some of them just ache.

I much preferred his balance on the role of a parent being
Will Caskey
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got introduced to Magary via his parenting bits in Deadspin, which can be uneven but are reliably funny. The book is in the same mode. Sometimes he carries on when he might summarize and vice versa.

On the other hand, it's fantastic. The 2010s have produced parental writing where it's okay to talk about how unpleasant parenting actually is, and we're the better for it. The book made me laugh for the parts I've already experienced, dread what I haven't yet and take grim satisfaction that someone
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sean bought this to read, and it sat on his nightstand for several weeks. I thought it was a parenting guide, and therefore ignored it. I enjoy my "make it up as I go" parenting style, and don't really need any guidance with that.

Luckily, the girl child asked me to read it to her at bedtime, and I decided to humor her. It turns out this is a touching, thoughtful, hilarious book about one guy's experiences as an average American dad.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who's been a parent for
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Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ Magazine, a columnist for Deadspin, and a Chopped Champion. Hes also the author of four books: The Hike, The Postmortal, Someone Could Get Hurt, and Men With Balls. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children, and enjoys taking long walks. ...more

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