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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,767 ratings  ·  535 reviews
In their highly-anticipated first book, the hilarious mom duo with millions of followers explores all the ridiculous shit you’re expected to do to keep multiple humans alive and happy-ish, and celebrates the love for the friends who get you through it.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMomSoHard, are just like you and your best mom friend, only funnier and
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by HarperOne
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was hilarious, and oh so relatable. Highly recommended to moms who need a laugh with their nightly glass of wine!
#imomsohard is a popular web series started on YouTube by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley. They're women, wives, and moms that talk about mostly hilarious women's and motherhood issues in pure, unfiltered honesty. They show the good, the bad, and the ugly, and make themselves look ridiculous on purpose so their viewers can know they're not alone on those hard days. A friend of mine introduced me to their style of entertainment when the swimsuit segment went live and I was immediately intrigued. ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I adore a funny, self-deprecating parenting book, and I LOVED #IMomSoHard at the start. I was telling everyone about it, and I was convinced it would be a favorite of mine. The audio version of this book is very charming, and I was hooked. However, though it remained decent up until the end, it became very repetitive over time and I found myself fast-forwarding as I went along.

I'm a part time working mom, and I try to do it all, just like most of my fellow moms out there. I'm strugg
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}

Warning: This will be a total fangirl review.

So there are so many mommy bloggers, you tubers, mom duos with videos on Facebook, who are all over Twitter. I follow a bunch because I am a mom. One who does not have it all together. One who likes to know she isn't the only one just muddling through this parent thing. I have to say there are so many lovely ladies that are super funny, really honest and just seem to get the whole mommy thing. The ladies of #IMomSoHard are my favorite. Their video on
I enjoyed this one... if it's something you think you would be into, definitely do it as an audio book. It was funny, but I think it was more of a book about being okay with yourself as a Mom and realizing you don't have to be the Pinterest perfect mommy and serve organic vegetables 24/7. Like the description says, it's not a self-help book, but it gives you plenty of real talk. Being okay with your after baby body, dealing with post-partum, knowing your not alone with the highs and lows of moth ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
This is so hilarious! It’s also very relatable to all moms, stay at home or working. This is one of those books you curl up with on the couch and laugh while eating junk food. I want more books like this which are honest about parenting and how your life changes. Like yes, it changes but it becomes better in a new way! As long as your child is fed, alive, and mostly happy, you’re excelling. This is the message we need shared more.
Jenna | JennaStopReading
"If there is one word that captures motherhood, it's not "exalting." It's "exhaustion." Being this tired all the time is torture. Men have confessed to crimes that they did not commit because they were kept awake for twenty-four hours. If you put a mom in an interrogation room, she'll last four and a half years." - #IMomSoHard

When I was gifted this book by the publisher, I had no idea who Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley were. And, if I'm being honest, I still don't really know who they are, but
I am not the intended audience of this book: I am not married. I am not a Mom. I am also about as celibate as a nun and not likely to become a mom any time soon. I still found this book hilarious and 100% recommend. (Mom or not.)
The thing is, your friend gets married. And if you run in the circles I do, that means they have a baby in about a year. Maybe two. Or three. Or more. And that's great! I am not one of those people who complains about babies in her newsfeed. Keep 'em coming. But it stil
Carmen Liffengren
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My days with very small children are mostly in the rear view, but #IMomSoHard is just a fun reminder about how fundamentally women are rewired when they become mothers. Hensley and Smedley are hysterical and I would recommend the audio for their high energy performance. I didn't know who these two friends were before I saw this book, but what I appreciated about them is that they are equal parts snark and sassy without being mean. They support moms. They support the journey of motherhood. They a ...more
I HIGHLY suggest listening to this one, because it made me laugh so many times. We are all different moms and we all need mom friends.

I am thankful for the mom friends I have and hopeful for more great ones in the future. I love that these ladies although very different from myself were able to talk about some raw and relatable topics about being a mom. It was great to have their support and to support them in return.

May all of us as mothers, women, human beings, all support one and love one an
Hilarious and real. I laughed out loud so many times. One of my favorite audio books of the year.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think they are funny...most of the time. The book was very repetitive and a bit one note, so I got tired and dragged through the final chapters. Let me sum it up for you- being a mom is hard, nobody is perfect so don't think you have to be or assume they are, having some good friends you can laugh with and not taking yourself too seriously is key, and love and support the other mom's out there. There you go! ...more
Yadira Soto
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books such as these I wouldn't pick to read because most things in them are relatable to me or are just targeted to a select audience. So when a few friends of mine read it and recommended that I do so as well, I thought, ok what the hell, why not! Well, I'm glad I did. Its hilarious and spot on on a few things that us as moms can relate to. I'm glad I read it and will definitely recommend to all of my mom friends. Now where is my wine.....😜 ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book on a trusted friend’s recommendation. I haven’t seen the #IMOMSOHARD series but, you guys, these are MY kind of moms. Kristin is basically me, except I *do* love banana-flavored candy. It’s honest and hilarious while discussing some very real issues about life and parenting. It’s the most relatable “mom book” I’ve ever read. Kristin and Jen remind us that we’re not alone which is perhaps the most important thing to remember on the toughest days.
Kim Howard
I listen to this one and hearing the back and forth of Kristen and Jen raised the enjoyment of this book. Their supportive, relatable, compassionate, and humorous take on being a wife and a mother was the perfect balance of good advice and laughter. If you enjoy their YouTube videos, then you will really enjoy listening to this one. Highly recommended.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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#Imomsohard 4.5⭐️
This was hilarious. I am not a mom to humans only fury creatures right now but i still loved this.
Definitely listen to the audiobook hearing them tell their story was great!
Rebecca Mueller
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Crap! I wish I could give this book 10 stars!
Funny, honest, and so close to home...seriously wish I was neighbors with these two badass Moms.
This was ok. As a mom I get what they are saying. It just wasn't that funny. It's an ok book. Maybe it's better as stand up material but for me this book was just meh. ...more
Lauren Snow
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’ve always enjoyed Jen and Kristin’s videos. They are so talented and I know I am not alone in thinking that they are the kind of people you feel instant kinship with. Like you’ve always been friends and always will be (which as a total stranger does not sound at all creepy.) Someone in my neighborhood was giving their book away FOR FREE and I immediately snagged it, thinking it would be a perfect light and fun read/pick me up. I finally got around to it like six months later, because that’s mo ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
These gals are hilarious!

If these two moms are for real I congratulate this generation of moms to littles for getting it so right!

What a funny funny look at raising our bambinos.

There is a lot of emphasis placed on mom friendships in this book. Please just be easy on yourself if you are not in a season of mom friending and you’re just out there doing your own thing.

It all has a way of working out. If you love your kids they will (almost always) grow up and love you back.
Amber Slagle
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap these ladies are my perfect soul mates! I love how honest they are about parenting, life and living with your husband. I can honestly say I have felt everything they have discussed in this book.

"As long as your kids are fed, safe, and happy sometimes, you're winning."

"Be okay with average. Be a seven. It's a lucky number."

After my 2nd kiddo, I realized this is what was most important. This made my life and mood so much better. If only I could get my hubby to feel the same way.

I highl
Elizabeth Bowen
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not one who likes books about people talking about their life but this book was awesome and I feel like anyone who is a mom or going to be a mom should read/listen to this book it makes you feel good because you are not alone in this mom life.
Crystal S
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, but also very real. Lots of women’s empowerment and encouragement to just love and support each other and be ourselves. Really enjoyed it!
Donna McCaul Thibodeau
This was a really funny book. These two ladies get the whole mom thing. I wish this book had been around when I was a young mom and felt like I was the worst one on the planet. Very enjoyable.
Deborah Soszko
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I wish i could rate this at 10 stars. IF YOU ARE A MOTHER, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. If you know someone who is a mother or about to become one, BUY THEM THIS BOOK. I've bought my 3rd copy because I keep giving mine away to loved ones.
Motherhood is no effing joke; if you want a real, raw, hilarious, cry-laughing pair of ladies to help you through the poo-trench that is early parenthood, browse one single chapter. It'll take you a week because no one will leave you alone while you are reading but it w
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMomSoHard, present their hilarious take on carrying babies (so hard), mothering (so hard), wife-ing (so hard)... as well as doing many other things (you guessed it ... so hard).

I was entertained (so hard) by their views and stories and laughed out loud (so hard) numerous times. They took turns narrating the audiobook (so hard), so I would highly recommend that version. If you're in the mood for a light, fun, and entertaining listen, th
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I kept wanting to stop reading, so I could text excerpts to my mom friends, except I couldn't stop reading because it was so good. I love the authors and have been a big fan for a while. I love that they are so supportive of every mom. They don't judge. They're just about keeping things real and being supportive to other moms. Every mother should read this book, (and watch their videos and go see them live). Also, thanks Kristin and Jen for including adoptive mothers in this bo ...more
Lea Ann
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I first learned of Kristin and Jen in my heady days of Facebook. I ran across one of their videos shortly after the birth of my second child and laughed in the kind of sleep deprived delirium only a new baby can give you.

Last year me and my two Tennessee besties got to see these moms live and it was also a hilarious night, despite the fact I had to leave a little early to get back to relieve my teenage babysitter on a weeknight when my husband was out of town for work travel (I can attest that
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These ladies are hilarious! I decided to read this book after falling in love with their YouTube videos. And for the most part, they did not disappoint! I was able to relate to a lot of what they said, surprisingly, even though it was clearly catered to moms and I am not one. There were some instances, however, that definitely could have been made a bit more broad (in my opinion) in order to empower ALL women, not just moms. For example, one of the chapters discussed the impact that a single com ...more
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These ladies are funny and speak a lot of truth about what it’s like to be a mom. The most important thing they have to say is that as moms we all need mom friends. They are crucial. I don’t agree with every opinion or perspective they shared but that didn’t matter in the end. I think it is healing for moms, especially new moms like myself to hear some of these things they discussed. Specifically for me, it was extremely important to hear these ladies share their c-section stories. I am recoveri ...more
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Kristin grew up in a small town in the middle of Nebraska where she learned that working hard and laughing harder is the best way to live life. After graduating from the University Of Nebraska in Lincoln she ventured out to Los Angeles where she started working as a actress, comedienne, writer, teacher and bartender. She met her friend Jen, the other gal on the cover of this book, while drinking b ...more

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