Usually, I don't read memoirs but this got such good ratings, I thought I would try it. It is a funny and surprisingly touching look at the journey of motherhood. The author writes about her miscarriage, surviving the infant stage, struggling with toddlerhood, and learning to let go as her daughter gets older. I agree with her when she describes motherhood as a "delicate dance of guilt and joy." She weaves in the lessons that she learns about God as she is raising this little blessing that God has given to her. She has a funny sense of humor which made the book go by quickly (I especially enjoyed her chapter about her elderly neighbor---very funny!).
Sparkly Green Earrings...so, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read a few blog posts by Melanie and definitely enjoy her sense of humor on The Twitter, but a full length book? Well, I was definitely not disappointed. There were a few times I laughed SO hard there were tears (which of course makes for an attractive snorting, sniffling, giggle-fit...). This would be a great read while sitting by the pool/lake/ocean/bathtub. :)
I would have given the book a full 5 stars, but it did feel like a bunch of blog posts put together into a book. Miss Melanie, I DO hope you write another book soon and I look forward to reading it. Just a little more flow instead of feeling like the end of a blog post at each segment within a chapter. I enjoyed reading more about this family and will definitely continue to laugh and enjoy the humor on The Twitter.
This is a parenting memoir, so the story follows the basic "We had a baby. Now what do we do with it?"plot line. Shankle is brutally honest about her adventures in parenting a.k.a comedy of errors. There are plenty of vignettes from babyhood on: covering preschool "gifted" programs to potty training under pressure to nearly "missing the window" for an epidural. Since the book follows her daughter pre-birth through age eight, Shankel also delves into the later troubles of girl scouts, clothing arguments, and finally watching her daughter wear her first pair of earrings, sparkly green ones.
While at many times I found myself disagreeing with Shankle's parenting choices, this isn't a how-to manual. This is a scrapbook of the journey from adulthood to motherhood down a very bumpy, uncharted road. And in being frank about the white bread sandwiches and the nightmare birthday parties, Shankle makes the valuable point that no parent, adult, child, or person is perfect. All you can do is your best, and let God figure out everything else.
Laugh out loud hilarious! I do not have any children yet, but this book talked about the joys and trials of motherhood in a fun way that makes even the disasters seem memorable. It inspires me to see the joys in every moment and to laugh rather than cry when things seem to all be going wrong. Very good writing style. I want a sequel covering the teenage years.
Though I couldn't relate with too much and didn't agree with all of the author's parenting choices, I did find some profit in this book. Sometimes her sarcasm seemed slightly mean, though I'm sure she only meant to be funny, and I got a few laughs/smiles from the stories. It also made me appreciate the complexities and strength mothers must have if they are to be good mothers (even if it's slightly scary). It also ended on a positive, sweet note, which is good.