People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Posted May 4, 2017 by shooting in Uncategorized / 36 Comments


People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann
Review by Lauren
source: library e-copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.
ReviewI actually read Mann’s holiday edition of essays and thought they were quite amusing, so when I saw this collection on my library’s e-site, I decided to finally check it out. Since it is a collection of essays, the book is a quick and enjoyable read. While I don’t agree with everything Mann makes fun of, I do appreciate the humor, and really, if you don’t have a good sense of humor, this is not the book for you!
What’s fun about this book is that it’s basically a memoir of sorts, detailing various moments in Mann’s life, but it infuses all the stories with enjoyable and funny moments. I love a writer that can make me laugh, because it’s not easy to do, and Mann does make me laugh! 
Mann is enjoyable to read about because she obviously doesn’t have much of a filter in her real life. She’s okay with stating her opinion and speaking up when others won’t. She’s a mom and wife, but she’s not trying to be the #1 mom and wife, and I commend that. There is no such thing as perfect, so embrace the chaos! 
Definitely a fun read! 

36 responses to “People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

  1. This one sounds like a lot of fun. I mean, the title alone… LOL While I probably wouldn’t be hanging out with someone so vocal and without a filter IRL, I imagine reading about her escapades is pretty funny. 🙂

  2. Bahahahaha, I didn’t know this was a book. So I was eagerly opening up your blog to hear who you, Lauren, wanted to punch in the throat. (Still curious).

  3. I actually really wanted to read this when it was released but the eBook was super expensive ($15.00 Australian from what I remember) and it’s super short as well. I couldn’t justify it. I might check to see if it’s come down in price, it sounds brilliantly funny. I could probably call my memoir the same thing actually.

  4. I love getting book recommendations because I never know what to read next. This definitely sounds like someone I will like. Looking forward to checking it out.

  5. As soon as I saw the title, I thought I would want to read it. And your review confirmed it. I will be adding it to my list. I just read a really dark, sad book, so I need something light and funny.

  6. I’ve heard about this book, it sounds funny. I’d give it a read. We could all use a little humor. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  7. This definitely sounds like it’d be an entertaining read! :] I judge books by titles, and this one would make me want to read it. ;P

  8. This collection of essays sounds like the funny, entertaining sort of essay. And even though you weren’t in agreement with everything, the fact that you still enjoyed it means that it was written very well and in a non-offensive manner!

  9. Well, that’s some title. One of those I can see being read whilst placed inside another book.

    I’m guessing it is also one of those marmite books that your either going to love or hate. I’m so glad you found it to your taste.

  10. Not gonna lie, the title of the book is what caught my attention. I have a pretty decent sense of humor, okay it’s mostly sarcasm but it still counts! Ha ha. I’m stopping by as part of the Get Social event. Love that you have different types of book reviews here!

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