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Why Moms Are Weird Paperback – August 1, 2006
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Overall, I really enjoyed reading it and hope Pamela Ribon decides to write a third book soon!
Pamie is much more talented than many of the more famous chick-lit writers out there already, and I can only imagine who she'll cast to play Boobs when this is made into a movie.
January 6, 2007
Amazon rating 4/5
I loved this book! Belinda "Benny" Bernstein lives in Los Angeles, far from her mother and sister who live across the country. She gets calls from her mother and they always have the craziest of conversations. Here's an example: Her mother would call and tell Benny "I have chlamydia". I was laughing out loud from the very first page, and with lines like that, it's hard not to. Benny's nickname is "boobs", and little details like that just made the story funnier.
Belinda finds out after the fact that her sister and mother were in a car accident, and now her mother can't drive until her broken leg heals. Her mother has also lost her job. So, Belinda decides to move back home to help her mother and sister out (her sister also happens to be living at home with mother).
Living at home is not easy, and when Belinda sees the house, she cannot believe her eyes. It's a wreck. Not only is the house falling apart but it's filled with so much junk there is no room to move. It's not any cleaner outside, either, as the yard is filled with animals. Belinda is resolved to fix her family's living situation by hiring someone to help out around the house, doing whatever is necessary to get the place livable. This is how Belinda meets Zack, a very good looking young man that Belinda thinks has the hots for her, and vice versa. But she's also left behind a nearly - brand new boyfriend (they have no commitments to each other, but she still feels tied to him), Mickey, who she met in a very unconventional way - at the grocery store during a conversation about the music being broadcast on the grocery store speakers).Read more ›
In just a few crisp sentences, Ribon captures the heart of maternal criticism, and why it can sting so much:
"The words hit me in waves as I dissect layers of passive-aggressie, backhanded complimenting. I can chip away and chip away, but I'll never stop finding additional ways to be humiliated back into the fetal position." or
"Our fights quickly escalate into yelling. I don't know how she can get me so angry so quickly. When I feel slighted by my mother, when she accuses me of being wrong when I know I'm right, there isn't a decibel loud enough to make me feel relief."
By allowing Benny's mother room to have her say, Ribon allows readers to see how they differ in their memories and intentions. Even when her mother's boyfriend makes an obviously racist remark, Ribon shows how, to his mind, that is not what he intended, and the reader has plenty to mull over as each feisty, headstrong, quirky character battles it out for the supremacy of their point of view.
While we start off hearing all about why Benny hates her mother and might someday kill her, the real story here is one of love, between parents and children, sisters, and friends.Read more ›
After returning home to Virginia to help her incapacitated mother, Benny begins trying to solve her problems -- as well as those of her mother and ne'er-do-well younger sister Jami. But as she quickly learns, they don't necessarily *want* her help. As frustrating as it may be, Benny attempts to face up to the fact that some situations must either resolve themselves eventually, or simply continue unraveled as long as her family members permit.
While I didn't enjoy this book as much as "Girls," Ribon's writing style overall makes any book an enjoyable read. I'll be waiting for news of a third book.
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I put off reading this book for months after I bought it. When I first came across this book, it was through amazon, and the title caught my attention, then the positive reviews... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by S. Shamma
Many pages were folded and corners bunched. I'd supposedly purchased a new copy. It needed to be listed as new with damage. This purchase makes me wary of using Amazon.com. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Malgh
This book goes to show you can't always judge a book by it's cover. On the cover and summary back page of the book I figured this would be a more complex book, but I was wrong. Read morePublished on December 14, 2008 by J. Stanley
This book is laugh out loud funny. I loved all of the characters, especially Benny and her mother. This was a refreshing read. This book kept my attention. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by DJefferson
I was up all night reading this book (I'm a slow reader). Pamela Ribon is a great writer who speaks my language ("for reals") without sounding cheesy. Read morePublished on August 25, 2007 by Yellohsub
I read as an escape from reality. Not that my life is bad, but it is fun to get a look in to others as well. This book was hilarious (sp?) . I was reeled in from the first page. Read morePublished on June 10, 2007 by J. Lawley
Pam Ribon writes sexual tension better than I've ever seen it written. The Benny-and-Zack relationship was extremely absorbing and lent a great diversion from the chaos in which... Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by Amazon Customer
This book is terrific. It is very different from Why Girls Are Weird (which I also enjoyed), but not in a bad way at all.Published on October 16, 2006 by Corielle G. Hayley