The blogoshphere has been abuzz this past week after the release of “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth”: And Other Things You’ll Only Hear from Your Friends In the Powder Room. I’d been hearing just how funny it was from all of those people who snatched up their copies the second it came out, and it quickly climbed Amazon’s best-selling humor list. The book was obviously hilarious. I needed to get me a copy!
And then as if by some divine intervention, one of my friends, who just happens to be one of the contributor’s in the book, asked if I wanted a copy to review. So naturally, I said, “Hells yeah!” (In reality, I said something more boring like, “I’d absolutely love to,” but that didn’t have quite the dramatic flair that I was going for here.) Getting a book for free and knowing it was going to have me in stitches? Win, win!
But, if I’m being honest, then I got a little nervous. And sort of wished I hadn’t agreed to write a review. Because you know when a movie, for example, is built up so much and you just can’t wait to see it so you buy tickets online to the mid-week matinée show (because let’s face it, you’re excited, but not a millionaire) and call in sick to work and then show up to the movie theater 45 minutes early so that you can have all the time in the world to go to the bathroom, get your 3 pounds of popcorn and 256 oz drinking jug, find the perfect seat, run to the bathroom a second time, and not miss one second of the movie because it’s going to be that good? And then you’re all like, “Meh.” Yeah, I didn’t want that to happen.
I’ve been following most of these ladies since I began blogging earlier this year, so I know just how funny they are. Nevertheless, I began reading with a bit of trepidation. But right out of the box editor Leslie Marinelli (of The Bearded Iris and In the Powder Room fame) shared a story about her mismatched boobs. Hilarious, check. The next story was about one author’s decision to tell her friend that her dancing moves verged on (read: were in fact) stripper moves. Hilarious, check. But then I was caught off guard by the third story — it was about the time the author confessed to her mother that she didn’t want children. This poignant piece had me chuckling in parts, but mostly had me thinking how real, how raw this moment in time was for her.
And so the rest of the book went — humor weaved seamlessly with poignance. Bursts of laughing until I had to retrieve some dry underwear (hey, I’ve pushed three children out down there) followed by bursts of just wanting to reach through the book pages to give the author a big hug for sharing such a vulnerable moment. Stories about confronting a husband about his disgusting scratching habit, peeing in a friend’s clothes, and masturbating grandmas juxtaposed with stories about not wanting to get married, raising a child with special needs, and constantly being under the influence of love. I was so pleasantly surprised by this brilliance that I stopped reading the book through the eyes of a reviewer, and simply read it through the eyes of a woman who could relate to practically everything in it.
And that, my friends, is my favorite aspect of the book. Not that it is funny — because it certainly is that — but because it is so damn relatable! Sure, we haven’t all had our passion for dental hygiene affect our relationship with our boss, or made the decision not to get married, or told our mom about the secret anti-BJ club we’re in (and no, I’m not talking about the chain discount club) . . . but, I’m sure we’ve all had those death-by-anything-is-surely-better-than-the-embarrassment-I’m-feeling-right-now moments, and moments when our decisions didn’t align with “the norm” or others’ expectations, and moments when we share things with our moms (or other parent figures) that other people would never imagine sharing because that’s just the type of relationship we have.
So, would I recommend this book? Yes! Would I recommend it because it’s funny and I adore the writers and am happy to call some of them real-life friends? That’s part of it. But it’s also real and accurately telling about many of the universal themes that those of us with two X chromosomes face, from childhood to womanhood.
For more info on the book, or to check out bios from all of the contributor’s, please click here.
And a big, huge thank you to Amy at Funny is Family for sending me the book.
August 15, 2013 at 9:23 am
Yay that this book was so cool for you and thanks for the review!
August 15, 2013 at 9:25 am
Thank you thank you thank you!
August 15, 2013 at 9:31 am
We had as much fun writing it as you had reading it! I actually fell off my couch laughing by the third chapter! Thank you for the fantastic review! Sending you big MWAH!
August 15, 2013 at 9:38 am
Thank you so much for this beautiful review. This is exactly the way we are hoping to be able to touch our readers. [insert creepy grandma-touching pun here]
August 15, 2013 at 9:39 am
Thanks for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review! I am reading it myself now, and I couldn’t agree more. I was hysterical laughing in my bed last night. Husbands trying to sleep while their partners read YHLOYT are going to need a support group!
August 15, 2013 at 9:43 am
I love this review – thank you so much! It made me all smiley and teary and then smiley again, which I’m only partly blaming on PMS.
August 15, 2013 at 9:58 am
Thanks for your support!! Great review 🙂
August 15, 2013 at 10:01 am
Mackenzie, this review has actually brought me to tears. You just perfectly articulated exactly what my goals were for this book. So much care and attention to detail were placed on finding the right pieces, voices, and messages; fine-tuning them; putting them in the right order; and then wrapping them all up in just the right package. I’m so incredibly relieved to hear you say all that effort was not in vain. Thank you, from the bottom of my very grateful, proud, and tired heart.
August 15, 2013 at 10:26 am
Thank you for such a great review!
August 15, 2013 at 10:33 am
What a lovely review. And so nice to see me and my girl get a mention. We’re still fugitives, she and I. X
August 15, 2013 at 10:48 am
I love this, Mackenzie. I am so very proud of this book, and of Leslie for taking our different patches and sewing such a beautiful word quilt. Thank you for taking the time to read it, and for crafting such a thoughtful review!
August 15, 2013 at 10:49 am
Thanks for the review! You are so generous and supportive in the blogging world.
August 15, 2013 at 10:54 am
Best.Review.Ever. Thank you.
August 15, 2013 at 11:11 am
Thanks for the lovely review! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
August 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Thanks for the fantastic review – and for the even BETTER metaphor – of the highly-anticipated movie experience that ends up being “meh” because yeah. I get that completely.
And I’m thrilled that this wasn’t the case here.
You articulated the exact reaction I’ve been hoping for.
August 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm
Thank you for this review!! As someone who is so grateful to be in this book on the coattails of all these fantastic writers, all I can say is that they make me look good, so I just try to be very very quiet. Except then I have to praise hosanna for that Bearded Iris, and Keesha, and Abby….and…. well, you see how it is.
August 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm
This is the review every writer wants to read. Thank you for this.
August 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm
Great review. Honestly. We so appreciate your thoughtful, careful reading and then the great response. Rock on with your bad self, Erin
August 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm
Thanks for the wonderful review!
August 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm
I’m so glad you ladies were happy with the review. I won’t lie, I was a little nervous about it. You all are fabulous! I’ll be working my way through social media and stalking you all in turn. So, be prepared. 🙂
August 16, 2013 at 12:25 am
What a wonderful, thoughtful review! Glad you enjoyed and thanks for spreading the word.
xo Tarja (aka The Flying Chalupa)
August 16, 2013 at 1:08 am
This is a wonderful review! I love that this one has humor and relevancy! I can’t wait to get my copy.