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STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare Paperback – April 2, 2013
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There's something about the sheer existential weight of so much fatuous and inappropriate oversharing of the details of the life of an independent organism which is well-suited to book form. Recommended. Perhaps for pregnant people.
I recommend it to any parent who wants to know how not to act, and any childless person who wants to commiserate over the obnoxiousness of parents in the Facebook generation.
As much as it pains me to admit this (considering I have a 7-year-old daughter), sometimes I'm embarrassed to be a mom. So embarrassed that I read the new STFU Parents book with a box of tissues beside me; some for the tears from my hysterical laughter, some to drown my sorrows that I'm associated with these oversharing nitwits.
“[A] public service to both people with kids and without, teaching both camps important lessons about how to be less offensive and clueless.”
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Her book is like a slice of the blog broken down and explained. She outlines what patterns have emerged as the submissions came to her and the blog, provides select (hilarious) examples of each and then gives the examples her usual treatment of snappy, sarcastic, slightly twisted wit. I found myself laughing out loud anew as I read the book in one sitting (ok, that's a lie, I had to stop to go to the bathroom, but then it was back on). I couldn't put it down; like a greedy, undisciplined and over-indulged child, I had to have more.
Besides the general submission-commentary content of the book, I felt that Blair was actually doing something unique in her work: she wasn't just churning out yuks at ridiculous parents and posts, but she has organized the thousands of submissions she receives into observable patterns. While this isn't what you would call a scientific endeavor, it is fascinating to have this break down of human behavior on social media. As an anthropology student, I felt a billion research questions pop up at me all through the book based off of the structure Blair has created to handle and explain the submissions and discuss (if possible, because it isn't always) the mindset behind the posts.
One more thing: this book makes it clear that Blair doesn't hate babies or parents.Read more ›
MY KID JUST FED HIMSELF HALF OF A GRAPE.
Cool story, bro.
Blair Koenig has collected these parental over-shares in her book STFU Parents, and it is hilarious. Everything from horror-movie quality depictions of dirty diapers to "Mompetitions" to way too much information about mucus plugs to "Mommyjacking" it's all here, and the majority of us parents have been guilty of all of these status updates at one time or another.
And it's not just new babies who are subjected to their parent's status updates, because this book also includes teen over-shares and a mom who graciously updated her entire friend's list regarding her daughter's first menstrual period. Yay!
I can't think of a better baby shower gift to add to those adorable newborn layette sets (and yes, there are some hilariously awful baby shower posts in the book) for any new parents to enjoy while tending to a newborn, and who knows? It may keep them from discussing their infant's umbilical stump on Facebook.
Plus, the STFU parents bingo drinking game is included, and I am not sure there is enough booze in the world for this game.
Extremely funny, very relate-able, and you will probably find yourself cringing a few times due to recognizing some of your own personal over-shares. It's a hilarious read.
Now that I'm back in the "real world", the stories and updates posted by my Facebook friends are scarily reminiscent of the snippets in this book. Definitely a hilarious read, and now I'm wondering if there's a polite-and-anonymous way to recommend it to some of the mom-bies in my social circle.
Despite the attempts to categorize content into various forms of misbehavior, there is a level of repetitiveness to the content that quickly becomes tiring. The author breaks down the issues in morbid detail, all of which were perfectly obvious, unless one is perfectly clueless. So one basically reads each passage / paragraph twice, once via the inappropriate content that was overshared, then for the second time via the point-by-point critique by the author.
This sort of content is perhaps best enjoyed on a weekly basis as some sort of guilty pleasure for those that enjoy schadenfreude - but online, not in a book. There is not enough good content in the book to make it worthwhile publishing... I applaud the intent of the book, just wish that between the editor and the author a bit more work had gone into the book to make it more readable and less repetitive and snarky.
That said, if you are or know someone who is a huge fan of the web-site that this stuff was gleaned off of, then this book might make a good stocking stuffer. As for me, I did't even want to give this book away for free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amusing book that compliments the STFU Parents website. An very easy and enjoyable read. Different material than on the website.Published 18 months ago by Kelli
If you enjoy a little snark in your commentary with ridiculous overshares, this book is for you. I especially love the chapters that divide the overshares by category. A fun read!Published on May 20, 2014 by Shellie
I laughed through the whole thing! I'm buying copies to pass out to friends with kids! Read it! You won't be disappointed!Published on April 23, 2014 by Fly_Girl
Laugh out loud funny. This book takes available material and comments on it, explaining the big picture of why what parents post isn't so adorable.Published on April 18, 2014 by Melissa Taylor
Funny, but very short. Read the whole book on a short flight. If you (like me) are annoyed by 'over-sharing' Facebook parents, you will really enjoy this book. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Jose Marrero
This should be required reading as a "what never, ever to do" guide for anyone who chooses to reproduce and has access to social media! Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by SPlum33
I'd say the blog is still the most charming way to get your dose of parental overshare, but cheers to Blair for all the work that went into it. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by L. Johnson