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I Just Want to Be Perfect


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I Just Want to Be Perfect is the fourth book in the bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series. It brings together 37 hilarious and relatable essays that showcase the foibles of ordinary women trying to be perfect.

The cult of perfection is a thing. As women, we are constantly inundated with "helpful" and/or "ah-may-zing" tips to improve our looks, please our men, raise t
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published May 27th 2016 by @throat_punch books
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Meredith Spidel
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Slightly biased, as I'm one of the authors, but this book is a treat! Obviously funny, but what rang loudest for me was the undercurrent of hope and encouragement offered by all the writers--this life is a far from perfect thing, and that's okay! We're in this together--and we can laugh about it. Grab a copy and come hang out with some new friends. ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great collection of funny stories by brutally honest women. I read a couple a night and laughed at almost every single one.

I definitely recommend this for more mature readers. The stories are by moms, about motherly topics, so many of the stories contain topics and language for mature readers.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a hilarious reminder that the pursuit of perfection is a farce, and the only perfect way to be is perfectly content with life's little hiccups. Finding in those small moments of imperfection the messages that family is messy, life is unpredictable, and perfection is an unattainable goal, the authors lay out in fun and inventive detail the insights they've found in their imperfect moments, the ones we'll all cherish the most, no doubt. ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Culmination of several short stories, article, ditties, written by young women, some mothers, that strive to be perfect and fail - some miserably. It's funny and I could relate with many of the stories, folks, this is not in-depth reading if that is what you're looking for. It's nice to commiserate, to know that there are others out there that feel like you do, or have done crazy or embarrassing things like you've done, all in the name of perfection. It was a fun read. ...more
Kathleen Kirchner
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as fun as the first three.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, nonfiction
The stories in this were very relatable - almost TOO relatable sometimes! 3.5 stars.
A series of humorous essays about how women feel pressure to be perfect all the time. More hit and miss than the others in the series, but still very good.
Karen Johnson
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laughed all the way through. Although these stories are embarrassing and hilarious, and you'll be glad they didn't happen to you... They are so relatable -- from embarrassing haircuts to getting stuck in clothes that are too tight to cringe-worthy moments with other moms at your kid's school. We all have at least one mortifying story. This book will make you feel better about yours! ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic collection of essays! I could relate to each one in some way. The women in this book should be applauded for sharing their vulnerable attempts at perfection. They share their stories honestly and often hilariously. A must-read for women everywhere.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know one of the writers in this book and so she nicely signed it for me and off I went to read it and LOVED it!! I identified with so many stories, like I literally wondered if I could have ghost written it! It's an easy read, seriously funny and did I say funny?!? ...more
Andra Watkins
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sidesplitting! These ladies weave their writing wizardry on everything from the perils of dieting to the horrors of lunching with the in-laws. No situation is too sacred for some hilarious comeuppance. The perfect read for everyone, because we all need more laughs in our lives.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Funny, but too much swearing.
Veronica Keeney
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Consistently funny!I was reminded of my own nearly disastrous experience of encouraging my Pyro tendencies.It is deeply satisfying and therapeutic,but best well thought out indeed.
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not as funny as the other books in the series.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lots of fun

Loved this book as much as the others! Had m laughing and sometimes agreeing throughout the book. Quick and fun read.
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So funny!

Such a refreshing diversion from the "I'm perfect and you should be too -- here's how" books. It's a bonus that's it's pee your pants funny!
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