If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole D*mn Thing a Honeymoon, with Giveaway

If It Was Easy, They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a HoneymoonReady to laugh?

Jenna McCarthy (not to be confused with a similarly named Jenny) is ready to deliver almost 300 pages of gut-busting-laughter inducing insights in her new book whose title itself had me giggling before I even opened to page one — If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living With and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married. Sure, it’s a mouthful to say, but trust me, this book hit my funny bone again and again.

McCarthy’s astute observational skills come together with her natural wit and penchant for dropping an expletive when called upon, and she’s here pointing out all the aspects of marriage that are too often overlooked in those “relationship” books.

I love her realistic take on marriage, and the first instance of a dog-eared page for me came with this statement she makes about the challenges that marriage can bring:

“The problem isn’t him, and it’s not you. The problem is attempting to live in excruciating proximity with another full-size person who can’t read your mind and also isn’t a carbon copy of you.”

Right?! Now, the love that I have for my husband is unquestionable and he’s been my partner in life for almost half of my life. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have a laundry list of things that drive me batty about him, too.

Thankfully, McCarthy is the kind of person who understands that sentiment, and she can write about her darling husband in a way that acknowledges the love she has for him and the insanity that she feels at some aspects of their life.

Here in bullet form are some additional topics that were worthy of a folded corner:

  • the correlation between housework and sex in a marriage
  • Male Pattern Blindness, which you might experience when you hear your husband say, “Honey, where is [fill in any household item]
  • the joys of sharing a bathroom with your husband
  • female friendships vs. male friendships
  • prepping for a family trip, also known as one person planning for days and packing for self and children, while another person “throws some things in a bag” minutes before getting in the car

Seriously, I could go on and on, this book had me laughing so hard that I dog-eared at least half of it! Be prepared for (what I deem) a healthy dose of profanity, a mess of bordering-on-TMI declarations, and a barrel of laughs. There were moments during this reading where I was stared at on the bus (the cover image is awesome) and other times when I had to close the book to just put my head into my hands out of sheer relief that I am not alone in my perceptions and experiences in marriage.

If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon is the book I’ll be giving to all my friends who I know will appreciate the humor and perspective!

If you’ve got a few minutes and want to laugh, you have to check out Jenna McCarthy and her hubby in the official book trailer, guaranteed to make you laugh!

If you want in on the hilarity, please leave a comment here to win one of two copies of If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon. Open to U.S. and Canada residents. We’ll announce the winners on 10/31.

5 Minutes for Books reviewer Dawn loves her husband and children more than she can express, even if they all seem to drive her crazy. The fun of their lives is often chronicled on her blog, my thoughts exactly.


  1. Lindy says

    This book title has popped up a few places for me in my web surfing. But your review has made it a must-read for me. Thanks!

  2. says

    Um, yes please! I was just thinking the other day… it’s totally a male trait to be unable to look for something. Even if it’s right in front of you! My boys are 4 and 1 and they have this down already… oy!
    And the packing thing… and then he has the gall to ask why we can’t leave on time??? 😛

  3. says

    Oh my gosh this sounds hilarious. I want to jump up right now and go get one! The cover alone makes me want to read it! Don’t you love a good book cover? Thanks for introducing me to this author.

  4. Lauren says

    Jenna leaves me in stitches 140 characters at a time on Twitter. I can’t imagine what a whole book would do to me. I look forward to reading it!

  5. tennille says

    I’d love to read it. My favourite part of the whole packing for days scenario is when it comes time to leave he says why aren’t you ready? Because I’m doing all the work while you watch football highlights is why!!!!!!

  6. Dana says

    I just love and her wonderful sense of humor! She always has me in stitches just reading her FB updates! Can’t wait to read her book :)

  7. Melissa says

    I loved the trailer! This is definitely going to be a must read for myself & my girlfriends! As they start walking down the aisle I plan on handing out copies! =)

  8. Rebecca says

    Jenny is hilarious! Definitely a must read for any married person (I might just pick up a copy for my engaged friends, too!)

  9. Cindi says

    We have been married for 25 years and I could use a lot of humor right now…
    Seriously, I need this book as therapy!
    Thanks, Cindi

  10. Ruthie B says

    Oh my gosh, my 32 year old single daughter is in her first long term, committed relationship & so needs this! Thanks for the chance!


  11. sofia says

    OMG the trailer is hilarious! I even posted it on facebook so all my friends could see it. Best part = when she’s taking a bath and he walks in to go to the bathroom

  12. Crystal says

    Great review, I am looking forward to reading this book. My 16 year relationship is awesome but not always easy..to laugh at the normal things in marriage, that aren’t so funny at the time sounds like fun..thanks!!

  13. says

    This book sounds funny and insightful. I have a cousin who’s getting married next month, and if I read it really carefully, and keep it new-looking, I could give it as part of her gift. It sounds like something a young bride should read. :)

  14. Melissa says

    Heard about this book on a podcast while blitz-shopping through Costco yesterday (at least I was without kids and could actually tune out humans & tune into a podcast!) and would love a copy.

  15. Jamie Brigham says

    I would love to win this now that you explain how funny it is, I have never heard of it, but I love comedic books, movies etc and this books sounds so up my alley

  16. Mary Eddy says

    From the little glimpse into this book, it looks like there will be so much I can relate to and I hope to win. I could use a good laugh!


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