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

by Dawn

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.



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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Kara October 17, 2011 at 12:29 am

This sounds so funny!

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2 Susan P. October 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

The outtakes are even funnier than the video!

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3 Lindy October 17, 2011 at 12:46 am

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!

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4 Krista October 17, 2011 at 1:39 am

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??? :P

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5 Mozi Esmes Mom October 17, 2011 at 1:59 am

I’m interested in reading this!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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6 vickie October 17, 2011 at 7:00 am

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.

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7 Jennifer October 17, 2011 at 7:08 am

This sounds so funny. I am definitely going to try to track a copy down.

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8 Kristie October 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

That prepping for a trip sounds JUST like us!! LOL! I would love to read this. Thank you for the chance to win!

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9 LT October 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

This sounds very funny! I would love to win a copy!

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10 CaroleM October 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

I like the sounds of this book!! Thanks for the chance!

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11 Tlr October 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

Cant wait to read it looks funny!

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12 Lauren October 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

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!

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13 elle October 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh the trailer was so hilarious! My husband is the same way when in the fridge. Drives me nuts!

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14 tennille October 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

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!!!!!!

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15 Mia October 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

This looks awesome!!!! I could use a GOOD LAUGH! =)

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16 Tammy October 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Would love to read it.

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17 Tara October 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

This is on my must-read list!

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18 Dana October 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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 :)

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19 Joy October 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I love the title – sounds hilarious (and relatable)!

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20 Carol Wong October 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I have got to read this book!

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21 Anita Yancey October 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I would love to read this funny and witty book. Please enter me. Thanks!

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22 Debby October 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Sounds like a funny book

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23 Alison October 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I want to read this one!

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24 Stacey October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Would love to add this to my book readings!

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25 Amy October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I saw this book and wanted to read it right then!

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26 Sharon October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Sounds hilarious!

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27 Angela October 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I would love to read this!

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28 Tonya October 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Looking forward to reading this:)

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29 Tina Michelle October 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

This book sounds so fun!

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30 Candy October 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Nothing like a real (funny) look at relationships. Best remedy to marriage…laughter. Hope to win.

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31 Ashleigh October 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm

This book looks hilariously good!

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32 Melissa October 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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! =)

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33 Rebecca October 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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

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34 Linda Kish October 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

This sounds so funny. I’d love to read it.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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35 Beth C October 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I would enjoy this book. Thanks!

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36 Liz October 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Sounds to be a fun book. Thanks for chance to have.

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37 Cindi October 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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

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38 Michelle October 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Sounds like THE perfect read! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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39 Tracy S October 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Sounds like a hilarious book!

I agree with whoever said that the outtakes were even funnier than the video.

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40 Ruthie B October 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

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

ruthiekb7ATyahooDOTcom

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41 sofia October 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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

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42 Crystal October 18, 2011 at 1:57 am

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!!

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43 Vilmarys October 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

Sounds so funny…I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance!

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44 Anita Yancey October 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’d enjoy reading this funny book. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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45 Chava October 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

I hope I win.

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46 Auriette October 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

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. :)

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47 LaVonne October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This sounds like a funny book to to share. Thanks!

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48 Greta October 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm

This sounds like my kind of book!

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49 Amy October 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I would love to read this. I need lots of humor each day!!

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50 Julia October 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This sounds hilarious.

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51 nan October 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

thanks for the chance
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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52 Angela October 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

This book sounds halarious, thanks for the chance to win it!

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53 Liz October 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This sounds great. Thanks!

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54 Idaho Jill October 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm

This looks hilarious!

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55 Mary Ward October 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm

This sounds like a totally fun book to read.

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56 maria gabriel October 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Looks like a light, funny read! I’d love to win thanks for the opportunity.

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57 renee walters October 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I would love to win this! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
bored2quickly@hotmail.com

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58 Simone October 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

This book sounds hilarious! I would love to win a copy.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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59 Staci A October 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

This sounds like a great read and perfect for a day when I need a good laugh.

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60 Krystal October 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

This sounds like a fun book! I would love to read it and share it with my sisters. :)

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61 Valerie Taylor Mabrey October 20, 2011 at 4:51 am

yeah i would like to win too
vmkids3 at msn dot com

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62 MEG October 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

This looks like a great book. Thanks!

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63 Lori Hart October 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This sounds great. Thanks!

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64 Desmond October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Count me in, please!

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65 Erin October 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This book sounds great! Probably a good reminder that when the going gets tough, it’s best to have a laugh!

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66 Ellen C. October 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I’d like to win this. thanks for the chance.

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67 Christina G. October 21, 2011 at 1:45 am

This sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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68 Don D October 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

Looks hilarious…I would love to win.

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69 Stephanie October 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

Sounds like a great book!
stef_ray at hotmail dot com

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70 angie October 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

This looks terrific.

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71 Jill October 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I need all the laughs I can get after the summer we have had.

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72 melissa n October 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm

this sounds like the funniest book!! thanks for the chance!

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73 Angela October 23, 2011 at 2:06 am

this is a book that I would really enjoy. thanks!

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74 JUNE October 23, 2011 at 7:22 am

Too funny, this book describes my ex-husband to the T, should be pretty funny reading.

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75 Karen Gonyea October 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Sounds funny :)

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76 Terra Heck October 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I’d absolutely love to read this book. Thanks.

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77 April bever October 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Looks really funny, Thanks for the chance.

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78 tracey johnson October 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

thank you

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79 Nicole C. October 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

I would love to read this book.

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80 karenk October 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

thanks for the chance to read this one :)

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81 Deb October 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This sounds like a great book to read. Love to read funny books.

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82 Ali October 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I am pregnant right now and need a good book to read, one that is funny is a blessing.

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83 Stacey October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I have seen this book and can’t wait to read it. Great prize.

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84 Dawn October 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Congrats, you’re one of our winners! Please email me your mailing info at morninglightmama(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

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85 Amy October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This books sounds like it is so funny, can’t wait to read it.

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86 Dawn October 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Congrats, you’re the other of our winners! Please email me your mailing info at morninglightmama(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

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87 Barb October 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Speaking as someone who just got married, I think this book is for me!

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88 kathy pease October 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

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89 Niecey Docherty October 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I could certainly do with some more laughter in my life!

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90 Jen Shirley October 27, 2011 at 12:14 am

Sounds like a fun read! Thanks…

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91 Anne October 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

a little marriage humor will do anyone good! I’m going to have to wishlist it in case I don’t win!

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92 Melissa October 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

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.

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93 Jason October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

This book sounds hilarious and useful! Thanks for the chance

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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94 Jamie Brigham October 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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

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95 Megan Earley October 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I need a good laugh and this looks like the perfect book!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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96 Terra Eash October 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I’d like to win a copy. Thanks!

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97 Ambre W. October 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Looks funny!

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98 Daniel M October 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

sounds like a fun one!

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99 Jen October 30, 2011 at 1:14 am

Sounds like a funny ready – would love to win it!

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100 Carla Pullum October 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Can’t wait to read it!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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101 Dara Nix October 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

This sounds like a fabulously funny read! I’d LOVE to win a copy!

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102 erma October 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

This looks like it will be funny.

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103 Pauline M October 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Jenna McCarthy is a riot and always great for a good laugh!

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104 Angela Winesburg October 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!

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105 Brittney House October 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I would love to win this!!

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106 Suzie G. October 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’m getting married in a few months and this looks like a hilarious book!

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107 TheBargainBabe October 31, 2011 at 12:06 am

Looks like my kind of book–funny and down to earth. :) Thank you for a chance to win it!

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108 James Coyne October 31, 2011 at 12:24 am

Sounds like an interesting read

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109 Tarah October 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

I’d love to win this book – it sounds funny!

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110 Mary Eddy October 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

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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111 Ed Nemmers October 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I love the title of this book!

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112 heather October 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

would love to read.

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