Review: You Have to F**king Eat by Adam Mansbach

You Have to F--king Eat

Source: Purchased
Publisher: Audible/Akashic Books
Series: –
Edition: Audio Book,
Genre: Humor
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

From the author of the international bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep comes a long-awaited sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have to Fucking Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads new, old, grand-, and expectant a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem.

A perfect gift book like the smash hit Go the Fuck to Sleep (over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide!), You Have to Fucking Eat perfectly captures Adam Mansbach’s trademark humor, which is simultaneously affectionate and radically honest. You probably shouldn’t read it to your kids.

So I just spent a good ten minutes trying to figure out how to shelve this book…it’s a Children’s Book, but you would never want your kid to read it. Anyway! By this point you’re all probably aware of the book called “Go the F— to Sleep” and the stir it caused when it hit shelves, well You Have to F—ing Eat” is a continuation of that same frustrated parent and stubborn child.

The great thing about this book is that the pictures are irrelevant. I’m not saying the pictures are not well done, they are actually quite lovely (and look the part of a children’s book) however I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it immensely…if not more because of Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston is the actor who played Walter White on Breaking Bad, and he has the perfect agitated voice for the role of the parent who wants their kid to just sit down and eat for once.

It’s not the most groundbreaking book or the most well written, but it is hilarious. Because seriously I don’t even have kids of my own and I’ve had to deal with this. I’ve had to help feed kids, who somehow think they can make it through the day without it, and I know we’ve all seen the parent who has to growl-beg their kid in the restaurant It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and that’s why it’s great to see a book that points out the humor without being preachy or giving out advice that probably won’t work.

It’s a fun one, and it’s even better on audio!

4 stars

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5 Responses to Review: You Have to F**king Eat by Adam Mansbach

  1. I have wanted to read both of these books, but as with all recreational reading the time escapes me. Maybe I would be more likely to get to it if it was an audio book. Thanks for the review.

  2. Christy says:

    lol – I bought the first one for a couple people as silly gifts when it came out. I definitely have to get a hold of this one.

  3. I just love that title! And I see you mentioned in a comment above that it’s free on audible so I’m going to have a listen for the laugh.

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