Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Cookies for Dinner

Title:  Cookies for Dinner
Author:  Pam Johnson-Bennett & Kae Allen
Genre:  Collection/Essays
Publisher:  White River Press
Release Date:  July 6, 2011
File Size/Pages:  466 KB/200 pgs
Source:  CLP Blog Tour

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Pam and Kae are good friends but total opposites. Pam is a worrying germophobe and kae stands by the philosophy that everyone will eat a pound of dirt in their lifetime. In this collection of humorous essays, Pam and Kae come clean on motherhood...

  • No one tells you that your breasts will be treated like a fast food take-out window or that a ravenous infant can create more suction than industrial-grade vacuum cleaners.
  • I went into labor with my first child four months after my soon-to-be ex-husband moved out to live with his girfriend, six months after my 20th birthday and precisely the morning that I was having my house tended for ticks. Yes, ticks.
  • Jumping off the cliff into potty training makes you realize that you didn't truly appreciate the diaper years. Once you begin potty training, a toddler's backside becomes a loaded gun, ready to launch its missile in whatever direction it happens to be pointing.
  • No matter how we got on this ride, at some point we all end up standing on the checkout line at Walmart, totally unaware of the fact that we're still wearing our pajama top.

Pam and Kae are living proof that even though every mother is different, we're all on this roller coaster without a seatbelt. Scary? You bet, but it's the ride of our lives.

Review:  This was an interesting novel to review because I don't have any children, and I'm nowhere close to  having children, and I'm nowhere close to having children, but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It was so amazing to read about two best friends and their different ways of parenting. One thing's for sure, although Pam and Kae became parents differently and their parenting styles differ, they both turned out to be amazing mothers. One story of Pam's that I enjoyed was when she traveled to Guatemala to get her son, Jack. The events she went through with that big bug was absolutely hilarious! A story of Kae's that I enjoyed was the chicken pox island story. I love how creative she'd gotten by making it out to be a game. I would love to be able to do something that creative with my future children, but since I haven't had chicken pox yet, I'm going to have to think of something else! Overall, I thought this was an adorable novel and I'd recommend it to anyone who are older parents, new parents, or anyone who is considering becoming a parent in the future!

1 comment:

Samantha March said...

I had similar thoughts to you - such a good book!