Ohhhhh, there are no words! This is just the funniest book I have ever read. Literally from the "Preface" all the way to the "Acknowledgements", "Sparkly Green Earrings" is laugh-out-loud funny! Melanie Shankle is one talented writer who has incredible comedic timing, and her parenthetical statements are case in point. :)
Although I'm not a mother, all of my friends are young mothers and I've gone through the pregnancies, labors and child-rearing with them, and Ms. Shankle just captures it all perfectly. Impressively enough, she also has the ability to bring you to tears with the harsher realities of motherhood, like miscarriages, yet even there she's found the humor (and isn't that the key to survival?). Ms. Shankle also brings it all back to God and our relationship with Him, as parenting a child is such a good picture of His relationship, care and love for us.
All in all, the best recommendation I can give is the fact that as soon as I finished the book, I ran out and bought copies for my dearest sisters and friends. I guarantee you will NOT regret reading this book! Its my favorite of the summer so far!
The book reads like lots of blog posts, which makes sense since the author is known for her blog (which I have never read). Some of the stories are down-right funny, but others are just nice. I appreciate her "keeping it real" but thought there might be more substance than there was to the book. She also should've led with why she chose the book title and brought things full circle. Instead, I felt the title and subtitle were more an after thought and that the book itself didn't really relate, which made me sad.
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.