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A Review On You Have To Fucking Eat, Written By Adam Mansbach

Parents adored Adam Mansbach’s debut, “Go the Fuck to Sleep.” Witty, introspective and raw, this cathartic ode rings especially true in the sequel, “You Have to Fucking Eat”. Dealing with anybody under 10 has to be tough. I read all types of anecdotes via Amazon but this was my favorite:

    “Hey, I had a kid who wouldn’t eat. He wouldn’t eat so much that at 2-years-old, his doctor said he was anorexic (not the eating disorder/mental disorder, but anorexic, in that the body was ‘eating’ itself for fuel)”

Unlike other reviewers, I’m not a parent. I am the picky eater, who became the particular adult. After reading this book, my heart is full of empathy for the parentals. Not only was I difficult, but I was sure of myself; I finally grasped the concept of reasoning. If Cinnamon Toast Crunch could be a balanced breakfast, then how unhealthy can it be at 6PM? Eating is never 1st priority; it’s somewhere 5th on the list, just above the bath before bed. Kids are tough negotiators; you’re way more invested than they’ll ever be.

Many reviewers lauded the illustrations of the hard copy as the next coming of Christ. I’m sure if you heard the bible narrated by Heisenburg, pictures would pale in comparison #NoShade. Bryan Cranston slays the nursery rhyme flow with inflects of frustration, exhaustion and utter defeat. Prudes would have you believe that this book is crude and profane; that’s simply untrue. As you’re listening, you can feel the intention and time spent in the editing process. It was the perfect follow-up, just as tasteful and amusing as “Go the Fuck to Sleep”.

Looking forward to Adam Mansbach’s next installments, “You, Motherfckers Need to Clean Up After Yourself” and its sequel “Do the Dishes or Fucking Else…” All jokes aside, it takes narratives like these to humanize your parents; After all, they are on the shitty end of a never-ending group project. Sometimes, we need that reminder. Humor them, and pre-load this book on whatever device this Christmas, *ahem your new 2015 headache.


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Written by Sade Wilkins

Sade is an unrepentant super fan of good music and great food. Hard to impress, but always searching for that heat, whether in the kitchen or in the studio. She is Brooklyn's Bon Vivant.

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