May 6, 2013

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

"I'm just going to come out and say it: this is the real reason lots of people end up changing their minds and having kids." ~ pg. 147

When asked why I don't have children yet, my answer is always "I can barely take care of myself." So when I saw this title and read a blurb of this book, I knew immediately that I had to read it. I already knew the author and I had a connection. I would "get" whatever Jen Kirkman was trying to say.

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself is a hilarious original debut from television writer and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman. You may recognize her from regular appearances on Chelsea Lately and After Lately. Her first published book is comprised of funny detailed stories of her real life without kids.

This book is recommended to any woman who is child-free by choice. (Put your hands up!) This book should be read if you've ever rolled your eyes when asked, "But who will take care of you when you get old?" It is especially for those who sarcastically thanked every person who said, "But you'd be such a good mom!" (Or am I the only person who had such reactions to these questions/comments?) This book is not just for other women who choose to live child-free. It is for anyone whose life decisions have been questioned.

Author/comedian Jen Kirkman dedicated this book to her parents for "being so overprotective that I never got pregnant as a teenager." Although my parents were not overprotective, I thank them for being so trusting that I never got pregnant as a teenager and could therefore enjoy this funny good read.

Check out Jen Kirkman's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno below. Then grab a copy of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself. Read it, relate to it, laugh through it.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids
Author: Jen Kirkman
Published: April 2013
Pages: 226
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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