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Sh-t My Dad Says

by Justin Halpern

genre: non-fiction, memoir

Synopsis from Goodreads

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:

“That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won’t screw you. Don’t do it for them.”

“Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking.”

“The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.”

More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern’s philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny’s, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns’ kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.

It served its purpose: to give Elia a break from tense dystopian novels. It started out well enough, but the frequent cursing quickly diminished its potential. In between anecdotes, standalone quotes separated the chapters, but then were repeated in the body of a story. Kinda obnoxious.

Overall, I liked the dad (sans the flavorful language). He was a unique blend of private and uncensored. Even without the last anecdote, it was obvious he loved his sons. It was the cursing and story layout that I had a problem with.

2 out of 5 stars.amazonbutton2 copy

-Eliabeth Hawthorne