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review 2015-06-20 06:43
What are emotions?
Delicate Monsters - Stephanie Kuehn

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato



A couple days later, I am no longer as much of a mess. I feel slightly more normal and am more capable of putting together my thoughts regarding this piece of work.


This was my first novel by Kuehn and I KNOW I am coming back for more.

I think what really interests me about this novel is how it is totally a 'mind-fuck' novel but not in a way that completely twists your mind into a pretzel. The mind-fuckery is more toned down in a way that makes it so that you don’t even see it coming and when it does, you’re just left standing there, in the rain, all by yourself, contemplating life and what this book has made of it.

This book is the also looks at mental illnesses in a very interesting manner. It’s not the lighter, fluffier ways of dealing with mental illness that I am used to. This book looks at the dark and depressing side of mental illnesses.

One of the best things about this book is the characters and the detail Kuehn puts into developing their characters (or rather unfolding their fucked-up-ness.)

My only real complaint is that while I did enjoy the vague bits in the novel, I also thought the novel could be a little too vague at some points. To the point where it had me questioning what was going on in the novel, but not in a good way.

This is a beautifully, well written book that I would definitely recommend to those who are fans of mind-fuck books that will leave them questioning everything they read.

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text 2014-05-30 15:17

I guess that sometimes whining and bitching about stuff on GR can pay off. I complained, loudly, about getting turned down for an ARC for the sequel to one of my favorite books last year. Today....I got a message from the author saying she'd see if she could grease some wheels. *shock, awe, jaw drop* I think I might love her. I might have to go all fangirly over this author.

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review 2014-05-05 00:00
I Heart My Little A-Holes: A Bunch of Holy-Crap Moments No One Ever Told You about Parenting
I Heart My Little A-Holes: A Bunch of Holy-Crap Moments No One Ever Told You about Parenting - Karen Alpert Received a copy of I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert through the First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review

Seeing as it is about a week before Mother's Day I thought it would be quite perfunctory to read this book to get my sentimentalities in check and gain a better understanding of how mothers TRULY feel in the early years of parenthood.

The author said it herself that this book is funny and you may pee in your pants a little. Unfortunately for me I tend to pooh a little so I may or may not have read this with no pants. I am of the feeling that rather than talk about what you or your book offers, or how you or your book should be received, let the person holding the position of judgment caste their own light. With that said this book was very funny, not laugh out loud funny because for me that is left reserved for funniest home video shows with dancing dogs and the falling of the almighty teenager. This book is an incredibly honest account of the potential problems that come with pregnancy and parenthood and the possible presence of postpartum depression. The authors humour is everything I like which generally is not found in women but am pleased to find a mother that possesses a no holds barred comedic approach to non-fiction. You know how when single women refer to their love life or lack thereof they say "all the good men are taken", well for single men they tend to think "all the bad women are taken", and I don't mean bad as in bad,I mean bad as in BAD!!! And you Mrs.Karen Alpert are BAD. It is refreshing to read about mothers that don't seem like they have had a lobotomy along with the delivery of a baby, like a two for one deal sort of thing. For a while now I have been wondering if the epidural had been mixed with some sort of Paxil, serotonin, endorphin, LSD concoction that left mothers like shopping cart pushing zombies. It is reassuring to hear from a mother who while still pushing a shopping cart can still see the bad in life before going off the deep end. Like your books a steady deflation is better than one big pop.

I can't help but shake the feeling that I was an outsider while reading this. I don't know if it was because I have one extra appendage or not, but the author didn't really direct her voice to include men. I guess for some men this may be some sort of horror story that either they don't want to read about or relive, but for the uneducated this was a great learning tool. My future self sends his deepest gratitude.

On to some of the negatives with I Heart My Little A-Holes. This book is a representation of how I feel about comedic sitcoms on television. I love The Big Bang Theory, I think it is laugh out loud funny, it's original, quirky, smart without being overwhelming and despite the vast amount of character flaws they're all generally very likeable. However; if I were to watch more than two episodes in a row I would start hating it. When the same protocol is used time after time it starts to get stale. After reading this book the content is best suited to be read in small doses, I guess that's why it worked so well as the Baby Sideburns blog. The book also reads like a blog where every entry was brought together and bound in a book. The problem was that words were overused, the author should have gone deeper into the recesses of her brain to come up with different terms for her bearded clam and scamps. Personally, I think I have fulfilled my lifetime quota of reading the words vajayjays and rug rats.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people that would like to read an unsanitary ode to parenthood.
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