Book Review - Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
I think many blogger and Twitter users secretly dream of creating a viral site that turns into a book deal. Justin Halpern hit that jackpot when his Twitter content became insanely popular and led to his book Sh*t My Dad Says. If you've followed Halpern's Twitter account Sh*tMyDadSays (you need to replace the asterisk with a vowel), you pretty much know what to expect in terms of philosophy and advice from Halpern's dad. I'd quote some of the one-liners, but most of them are not such that they would pass any sort of text filter here. :) But even though the language is raw, you can't help but laugh at his dad's life-is-tough-and-don't-expect-sympathy attitude.
Normally these blog/Tweet-to-book offerings leave a bit to be desired, as you've read most of the material if you've followed the site for any length of time. Halpern avoids that issue by actually writing material specific to the book. He offers up a number of stories that involve him and his father over the course of his life, everything from being a six year old having to share a hotel room with his grandfather, to being a 28 year old guy having to move back home and live with his parents. Of course, without the last incident, we probably would know nothing of Halpern, as it's that event that launched his Twitter account and subsequent book deal. But after reading the book, you realize that even though his dad can be a caustic curmudgeon, he really does love his kid and would do anything for him. He just has a unique way of explaining it. :)
Sh*t My Dad Says won't appeal to everyone, probably due to language. But if that doesn't bother you, this will definitely lead to more than a few laughs, both due to comedic content and blunt reality...
Obtained From: Library