Author: Dave Barry
Narrator: Todd Haberkorn
Published: April 26, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 21-23, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Last year, Wyatt Palmer was the hero of middle school, having foiled a plot against the president of the United States. But now he and his friends are in Coral Cove High School-home of the Fighting Conchs-and Wyatt is no longer a hero: He’s just another undersized freshman, hoping to fit in, or at least not be unpopular. Things start to go wrong when Matt Diaz, who is Wyatt’s best friend but also unfortunately an idiot, decides to bring his pet ferret, Frank, to school. Through an unfortunate series of events Frank ends up in the hands of the Bevin brothers, who are the most popular boys at Coral Cove High, but are also, as Matt soon discovers, the nastiest. When Wyatt and Matt try to get Frank back, they concoct a plan to attend a party for the cool clique at the Bevin’s waterfront mansion and stumble onto the Bevin family’s dark and deadly secret. That’s when Wyatt learns that some things are worse than being unpopular in high school. MUCH worse.
I listened to The Worst Class Trip Ever at the end of last year and it was a very pleasant surprise (My review is here). I was able to listen to The Worst Night Ever which is the second book in the series. Wyatt and his friends are back for another adventure and this time they are in their freshman year of high school. Wyatt’s friend Matt decides to bring his pet ferret Frank to school, which leads them on a crazy series of events. They stumble upon a dangerous secret involving the family of the biggest bullies of the school.
Worst Night Ever was enjoyable, but there was not as much magic to it that Worst Class Trip had. The beginning dragged for me, and it all just seemed too silly. Even though they are in high school now, Wyatt and friends still came off as middle schoolers. Maybe this is just ‘boy mentality’/ lack of maturity. Everything dealing with Frank the ferret just did not work for me, though it all led up to Wyatt’s discovery. When it got to the ‘dangerous secret’ I became interested in the story.
These stories are not believable at all (in a good way); this would be enjoyed by and appropriate for middle schoolers, especially boys. The narrator Todd Haberkorn portrays Wyatt perfectly. I would like to see what adventure Wyatt and his friends find themselves in next. I can’t see any adventure being better than the first.
The Worst Night Ever is recommended.
Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, the Bad, and the Scary
Author: Jill Smokler
Published: April 3, 2012
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 1-3, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Book Description from Amazon:
Sometimes I just let my children fall asleep in front of the TV.
In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t.
If I can’t survive my daughter as a toddler, how the hell am I going to get through the teenage years?
When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere.
I end up doing my son’s homework. It’s wrong, but so much easier.
Total strangers were contributing their views on that strange reality called motherhood. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.
My eighteen month old still can’t say “Mommy” but used the word “shit” in perfect context.
But she sensed her readers were still holding back, so decided to start an anonymous confessional, a place where real moms could leave their most honest thoughts without fearing condemnation.
I pretend to be happy but I cry every night in the shower.
The reactions were amazing: some sad, some pee-in-your-pants funny, some brutally honest. But they were real, not a commercial glamorization.
I clock out of motherhood at 8 P.M. and hide in the basement with my laptop and a beer.
If you’re already a fan, lock the bathroom door on your whining kids, run a bubble bath, and settle in. If you’ve not encountered Scary Mommy before, break out a glass of champagne as well, because you’ll be toasting your initiation into a select club.
I know why some animals eat their young.
In chapters that cover husbands (“The Biggest Baby of Them All”) to homework (“Didn’t I Already Graduate?”), Confessions of a Scary Mommy combines all-new essays from Jill with the best of the anonymous confessions.
Sometimes I wish my son was still little – then I hear kids screaming at the store.
As Jill says, “We like to paint motherhood as picture perfect. A newborn peacefully resting on his mother’s chest. A toddler taking tentative first steps into his mother’s loving arms. A mother fluffing her daughter’s prom dress. These moments are indeed miraculous and joyful; they can also be few and far between.”
This memoir is for every woman out there: whether you have kids or not, want kids or not, or even at times wish you didn’t have kids you do have! Confessions is hilarious and it gives a candid look at what motherhood is like. I have a new appreciation for my friends with small children, it really is a difficult job! There were times I laughed, and times when my mouth dropped from surprise. Each chapter begins with anonymous ‘Mommy Confessions’ that are just as candid and at times entertaining to listen to. If you are a mom, I am sure you will feel what these ladies feel.
I listened to the audio version which was narrated by Smokler herself. The “Mommy Confessions” have different narrators. I’ll be turning 39 in April and I will most likely not become a human mommy, just a fur-baby mommy, and I think I am ok with that!
Reviewer Confession: I have NEVER changed a diaper in my life: I would be the most clueless mom out there!
Confessions of a Scary Mommy is recommended.[Top]
#single: Dating in the 21st Century
‘Author’: Lost the Plot
Published: November 1, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 2, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 1 star
A collection of online dating conversations.
From bad pick-up lines to death threats and awkward sex-capades #single is a hilarious snapshot of some of the most ridiculous real-life online dating conversations.
This book is a must read if you match any of the below criteria:
– You are currently online dating
– You have online dated
– You will online date in your future
– You are a smug couple
– You worry your child is a spinster/bachelor for life
– You like to laugh
– You are a Jewish mother
– You like to breathe and live and stuff
Is it a perfect match? Swipe right (okay, click) and add it to your shopping cart.
#Single is a very quick read. There is no introduction to the ‘book’ it just starts with ‘conversations’ and you as the reader have to figure out what is going on. According to the Amazon book description this book is based off the website TinderTuesday.com and as I was researching for my review I found this: the site is not even active anymore- in fact you can purchase the domain name if you wanted! I also saw there was a Facebook and Twitter page and neither one have been updated in over a year. Why was this copy and paste conversations put together as a ‘book’ I have no idea.
Now that is out of the way…. #single gives you an idea of what dating now is like. And I can say these conversations are…entertaining to read. I feel for the people that are the recipients of these messages. If you have online dated in the past you will get some entertainment from this book.
This is like a coffee table book of entertainment if you wanted to buy it, but I would not recommend. This is one you may want to read while you are in a waiting room for a doctor’s appointment or waiting for a movie to start. There is nothing really to gain from this ‘book’.
#Single is not recommended.
Thank you to Pantera Press and Lost the Plot for granting me a review copy via NetGalley. I wish I could have given a positive review.