Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Sh*t My Dad SaysSh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I can’t remember where I heard about this book. However it sounded interesting to me. It’s about a guy who, at age 28, moves back in with his parents. While living with his parents he starts sharing, on social media, some of the things his dad says. The quotes he shares becomes so popular that he is asked to write a book. From the little bit I knew, or thought I knew about the book, I thought it was going to be a “grumpy old man” type thing. Since I aspire to one day becoming a grumpy old man, I thought this would be a great read. That’s not quite how the book came across to me.

When I finished the book I was left with mixed feelings about it. The book has a lot of quotes from the dad mixed in with stories of the interactions between the dad and son throughout their lives. To be honest I found a few of the stories funny and found myself laughing out loud at several of the quotes. To me personally the book felt like the son is a bit passive aggressive towards his dad. On one hand it really shows the dad as a good man who loves his son. On the other hand it looks like the dad is a man that wasn’t capable of talking to his son, at any age, without inserting the word F*ck or g*d damn into every sentence. Since I don’t have the book in front of me (as I write this review) I’ll have to paraphrase an example: as a child playing hide and seek, hiding under his dad’s desk, his dad’s quote was something like “Go the f*ck away I’m doing stuff.” Coming from a grumpy old man to his 28 year old son this could be funny. But coming from a father to his young child … not so much.

Even though this book gave me a few laughs in places, overall, I found it to be a waste of time. Good thing this is a short book and didn’t waste much time. Most people could finish this in a single sitting.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. This was also made into a (very) short-lived sitcom starring William Shatner a couple of years back. Looked funny, but alas really wasn’t anything more than Shatner being surly and verbally abusive to those around him for 22 minutes a week.

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  2. Remarkable Review of the book. Thanks for sharing.

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