Wednesday 13 July 2011

Book ~ "Sh*t My Dad Says" (2010) Justin Halpern

From Amazon ~ After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:

"That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won't screw you. Don't do it for them."

"Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started f-king."

"The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two."

More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern's philosophical musings on Twitter and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny's, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns' kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.

This is a funny quick read.

The stories and things that come out of Justin's dad's mouth are hilarious and outrageous. There are lots of words of wisdom and I'm sure his dad, though abrasive, means them in the nicest sense. Underneath it all, there is a huge amount of love in this family.

I'd recommend this if you are looking for something funny and mindless to read.


tamdoll said...

Sounds like a good one - maybe something I should see if it's on cd so I can listen to it in long car rides!

Isabel said...

look funny. Did you ever watch the tv show?

Teena in Toronto said...

tamdoll: it would be hilarious to listen to while driving! Great way to pass the time.

Teena in Toronto said...

Izzy: I watched the show a couple times and didn't think it was too bad. The show was really toned down compared to the book.