Monday, July 18, 2016

It's Not Fair by Melanie Dale (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchance for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

Hey, you. Are you debating whether to destroy something with your bare hands or curl up on the couch for a decade or two?
This book will solve all of your problems. (Sheesh, that's aiming a bit high.)
This book is a cup of hot coffee, a ginormous bar of chocolate, or the magical fairy that comes over and does your dishes while you lie in the fetal position clutching a fluffy pillow.
Sometimes when life falls apart the only acceptable response is hysterical laughter. When things get so far gone, so spectacularly a world away from any plans you made or dreams you dreamed, you feel it bubbling up inside of you and you scream, “It's not fair!” And it isn't. Fair is an illusion, and life is weird.
This book will help you laugh at life's absurd backhands. This book is an empathetic groan of our collective unfairnesses. You might want to throw it across the room, and you might want to hug it like your new best friend. This book is about us sitting down together in our shared mess, taking a deep breath, gripping hands, looking the hard stuff in its beady little eyeballs, and bahahahaaing at it.
Life's not fair, but we can learn to love this life we didn't choose.

My thoughts-

A while back I saw a book on Amazon that caught my attention and was on sale called Women Are Scary:The Totally Awkard Adventure of Finding Mom Friends. My best friend and I both bought it, read it together, laughed our hineys off and commiserated as we related to many of the scenarios in the book. When I saw Melanie Dale wrote another book that I figured I could relate to called It's Not Fair, I knew it would be a book I needed to read. This is a book about things happening in adulthood that we didn't expect. Maybe you have a kid with a diagnosis (adhd, autism, ect.) or maybe you got sick. We all have something, I am sure of it. This book was once again easy to relate to for me. It was easy to understand where the author was coming from when she shared personal experiences of her own life's journey and yes, this book was also funny. I may not have laughed out loud as much as I did during the first book, but this was a more serious matter. I still appreciate the use of humor to get through life's hardships. Sometimes it's just nice to feel like someone else gets how you feel, and I think that most people, at least most of the people I know, would get that feeling from this book.

It's Not Fair by Melanie Dale will be available for purchase on August 16. You can pre-order your copy on

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