Review

If you have known, or ever wished for a dad who was less Ward Cleaver or Mike Brady and more Archie Bunker or Al Bundy, then SH*T MY DAD SAYS by Justin Halpern is the perfectly hilarious book choice for you.

What began as a journal archiving of some of his father’s most memorable gems of witticism, evolved into a one million plus following on the social media site Twitter and then the May 2010 release of the book, which quickly landed on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Peppered heavily with an irreverent collection of his father Sam’s often salty views on life, the book also includes personal memories and photographs that help paint a vivid portrait of life beyond 140 characters.

“No. Humans will die out. We’re weak. Dinosaurs survived on rotten flesh. You got diarrhea last week from a Wendy’s.”

“I didn’t say you were ugly. I said your girlfriend is better looking than you, and standing next to her, you look ugly.”

“A parent’s only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed.”

Sh*t My Dad Says

…one of the funniest “slice of life” books to hit the shelves in ages.

It’s important to note that if your funny bone lacks the elasticity to withstand an uncensored use of the F-bomb and other words, phrases that would have gotten your mouth washed out with soap as a youngster, you probably won’t be able to see past the language and understand the humor—which is a shame, because you would truly be missing out on one of the funniest “slice of life” books to hit the shelves in ages.

Fortunately, the big wigs at CBS were able to see the humor and in a “ready for primetime” version of the book, created “$#*! My Dad Says”, starring William Shatner for their fall season lineup. Now those squimish few who chose to bypass the book will be able to view a censored sampling of what they missed within the pages and hopefully, temporarily—at least—cast aside their doubts and give the book a second chance.

On a personal note; as the daughter of a man who waited to reveal his “salty” side once us kids were grown—a side that made some of the final years we had with him filled with lots of love and laughter, I know he would have enjoyed this book more than anyone.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.