Wednesday, 24 February 2016


Title: People I Want To Punch In The Throat Volume 5
Series: People I Want To Punch In The Throat
Author: Jen Mann
Genre: Non-Fiction, Humour, Comedy, Real-Life
Release date: 1st February 2016

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The FIFTH collection of Singles from the New York Times best selling humorist, Jen Mann. This is a collection of original essays that can not be found anywhere else. 

Each volume is different and you never know what you'll find. They are an assortment of Jen's childhood memories, stories about her family, and rants about everything that make her punchy all told with her usual snarky take. 





After reading Volume 1 to 4 in this series, as well as reading and loving Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat so I was eagerly awaiting more from Jen Mann. I have her People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges firmly on my rather long Want To Read Wishlist already and I have signed up to Jen's totally amusing Blog. So I knew to expect something good in this next installment and at just 99p it's a reasonable price for the laughs and feel good factor you get after reading the book.

So I bought this one from Amazon UK for just 99p! The cover matches the other novella length volumes 1 to 4 by Jen Mann, that I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed.
Would this cover make me pick this one up from a book store shelf? Yes, it would for the comedic title. Though now it's a case of I'd take a closer look at anything written by Jen Mann.
So I thought I'd start with a question for whoever is reading this review. If you are being totally honest how many times a week .. .no hang on lets be totally honest here and say how many times a day do you silently fume and think/fantasise about doing what the title of this book says? Lol! Come on we've all been in those infuriating situations. 
In this volume the situations and tales are as amusing, chuckle, smirk and giggle inducing as the ones in the other four volumes. Some of the subjects covered in this volume are, diets, out growing your friends and being left out.
Within the first tale Jen (like the majority of us women) is wanting to lose weight, but has tried and failed at so many diets that she is feeling defeated before she even starts it. Just lately Jen has been doing the whole "Throw away the weighing scales and eat what your body tells you to"which hasn't worked at all. Probably due to the fat that Jen's body kept telling her to eat donuts! But on a more serious note, Jen was sick and tired of being limited to wearing only certain clothes that are comfy enough. Sadly feeling this way put Jen (and let's face it many of us women) into the feeling down and miserable about your weight, so eat more, then the spiral continues on and on. Jen's "Hubs" is aware of her feelings and suggests the new fad diet of the moment and accompanies her to the Doctors to get checked out etc before starting the diet. This fantastic diet "the Hubs" has found means no sugar,salt, dairy, whet, oil alcohol or processed food for the next 40 days! So how does Jen cope? By staying in and avoiding temptation as much as possible. But then she is faced by having to go to Costco with her hubs on the very day that Costco are having a huge samples day. Meaning Jen will face employees offering her temptation at almost every aisle! 
So I'm not going to tell you anymore about what actually happens . . .does Jen defeat "samples day?" Is Jen's hubs as supportive as he appears to be? Does Jen really need anymore jeans?
So Did I enjoy this novella? Yes, once again I loved it.Would I recommend this novella? Yes I would, if you need your mood lifting then this book will help. It's amusing and at time laugh out loud funny. It's great for a coffee/tea break read, or a bus journey read.
Would I want to read other books/novella's like this? I already have, I've read some of the "Unmumsy Mum" and have read quite a few others such as "Confessions Of A Male Nurse" and "Confessions Of A Hostie" etc etc. This is a genre type I am certainly becoming addicted to. Would I want to read more by Jen Mann? Definitely! I have signed up to Jen's Newsletter and her blog and I have her other full length book on my Want To Read/Buy List too. I an hardly wait to see what she has to say about crafters and crafting.


Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat is the hilarious author of The New York Times best seller, People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges. She is currently working on a revised version of Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Her books are inspired by her immensely popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Jen lives in Kansas with the Hubs and her two children, Gomer and Adolpha - no, those aren't their real names, their real names are actually worse. Jen spends her free time crafting and volunteering with the PTO. Seriously.



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