I’ve Had it Up to Here with Teenagers {Review and Giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

I don’t believe that the teen years have to be all bad. Contrary to the title of Melinda Rainey Thompson new book, neither does she. In I’ve Had It Up to Here with Teenagers, she combines humor in her topical essays about dealing with teenagers, combined with a mother’s unconditional, unwavering, and unapologetic love.

She is a self-proclaimed “humor writer,” so yes, she uses hyperbole to her advantage, but she uses the humor to dish out practical advice about raising teens.

A modern-day Erma Bombeck

For some reason, back in my teens and early twenties, I actually read a lot of Erma Bombeck. I didn’t personally relate to a lot of her topics (like cooking, cleaning, and raising kids), but one thing that I didn’t miss was that she was funny. Hilarious.

I am not using hyperbole when I say that Melissa Rainey Thompson is a modern-day Erma Bombeck, and so whether you have teens or not, this book is for you.

By the time my daughter was 9 or so, I began reading books that dealt with teens. I think that it was easier to be objective at that time. I was never sure if they were exaggerating, or if my child would indeed display the self-absorbed, spacey, hormonally-fueled characteristics that seem so common to teens, at least those that parenting writers focus on. But being a little removed, I could actually laugh and I could objectively plan how I was going to react and parent.

I highly recommend this approach. Now that my daughter is almost 14 years old, I am not objective or rational. I find myself acting like a teenager myself.

Topics to Ponder

Like I said — if you don’t have a teen, feel free to read along for pure enjoyment. If you do, you have the privilege of learning a little about one mom’s approach to these issues, which will either give you some new ideas, or at least cause you to think about your current approach:

  • Attitude
  • Money-Matters
  • “Curfew Conondrums”
  • “Laundry Laments”
  • Care and Feeding
  • Clothing
  • Driving
  • Internet Safety
  • Dating

I’ve included some of my favorite quotes from I’ve Had it Up to Here with Teenagers over at 5 Minutes for Books. If you click through and leave a comment over there, you’ll get an extra entry (and I promise that in reading them, you’ll get a laugh or two).

This book would make a great Mother’s Day gift! Treat your friend or your sister or even your own mom to I’ve Had it Up to Here with Teenagers (as a sort of retroactive apology perhaps?).

Leave a comment here for your chance to win.  We have THREE books to give away, and we’ll announce the winner in our book column right here on April 16.

The winner of The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook is #16 June.

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Jennifer C April 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

This book sounds wonderful! I could use some humor – my teenager and tween are driving me crazy!


2 ibeeeg April 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

I have a 16 year old who is giving me a run for my money. I also have a 14 year who is quite the social girl, and a 12 year old who…well…puberty has not fully hit her yet. Just with those three alone…this book would be grand to read, humor is what I need, at times. I read the quote posted on5 minutes for books, and I laughed, and agreed, and thought… I like laughing at these years and need to do more of that. Even if I do not win, I am for certain going to get my hands on this book


3 Mozi Esmes Mom April 2, 2012 at 1:45 am

Looks interesting!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com


4 SteveJohnson April 2, 2012 at 4:29 am

fully hit her yet. Just with those three alone…this book would be grand to read, humor is what I need


5 Garrett April 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

I know my Mother would get a kick out of this one, she raised four of us.


6 Beth C April 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

I have 3 teenage grandkids and I know their Mom would love this!


7 June April 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

Ah yes, the joy’s of teenagers. Boy do I remember.


8 Tammy Gordon April 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Looks like a good book!


9 Will April 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I clicked through to read the intro pages on a seller website – I like Thompson’s style. Looking forward to reading it.


10 LuKa (Lubna) April 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

This would make a perfect gift for my friend, whose teen is to appear for his high school exams next year and well, behaves like a teen and refuses to buckled down and study


11 Don April 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Those can be some pretty tuff years, for the parents & the teen as well.


12 Stephanie April 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I need this book!


13 Joy April 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I have a soon to be teen and i need all the help i can get!


14 Chuck April 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

What a good book.


15 angie April 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

with a house of teens this book could be just what I need


16 jenn April 3, 2012 at 2:14 am

I would love to read this, I have 4 teens and I cant tell you how true this statement is. This book may provide the answers i am seeking and the hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel


17 Ms. Yingling April 3, 2012 at 6:19 am

I’m living with two eighteen year olds, a sixteen year old, and a fourteen year old. My reply any time that they complain (so-and-so has better clothes, why can’t we order Chinese, why do I have to dust) is “Some parents love their children.” I will read this book whether I cin a copy or not!


18 Idaho Jill April 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

My daughter is not a teenager yet, but I need to be prepared for when the time comes :)


19 Melinda Thompson April 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

It is so fun when a new book comes out to hear from readers! This is my 4th humor book, and all year, when people asked my kids, “Is your mom writing a new book?”, they would reply, “Yeah, she’s writing a REVENGE book. That is SO not true!! We are all in this together, you know. . . . We might as well laugh. It’s free and non-fattening. How may things can you say that about??


20 Melissa April 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I would LOVE this book!! I have a 10, 4 and 2 year old so I NEED this book :)!


21 Christine Jensen April 4, 2012 at 12:02 am

I am on the verge of entering the parenting a teenager years (my oldest is 12), this sounds fabulous!


22 Melissa Alexander April 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

Oh my! I need this one! My daughter will be turning 12 this month and her attitude is more like 16! Luckily for me I timed my girls 10 years apart so I will have a nice long break before having to deal with it again… NOT!


23 gail April 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

thanks for this contest


24 Van April 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Sure to be full of good information.


25 Angela E. April 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I ‘d love to read this book, and then let my Mom read it also.


26 Angela E. April 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Saw my name listed as a winner of this book, have not received an email yet. Thanks


27 nannypanpan April 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

would love this for my sis


28 amandasue April 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I NEED this book! Thanks for the chance!


29 Lauren Knott April 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

This looks very interesting!


30 Lisa R April 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

My daughter is 11 going on 20… I think 11 is different than when I was a kid… With technology and access to many things on Television. These kids today know more than I ever did at that age. Sometimes I think it’s a real shame because they lose a lot of the childhood years…I would love to win this….thanks for the opportunity of winning this book

Sibabe64 at ptd dot net


31 Pam Gordon April 5, 2012 at 8:10 am

I need this book – my son just turned 13 and is already driving me crazy!!!!! :)


32 Terra Heck April 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

With three teenagers and another turning 13 this summer, I could definitely use this humorous book! Thanks.


33 ANGEL JACKLYN April 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm



34 Kari April 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

Sounds like a great read! I’m a mom of three teens and one tween so I could use a little humor on the subject.


35 Jeff April 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

What a great book.


36 Lori April 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Will have to read this one, our mother and father raised 9 of us all together.


37 Staci A April 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Looks like a great read!


38 Renee April 8, 2012 at 5:51 am

Sounds like a book for me! I have a 12+ year old and I’m a high school principal. Teenagers are EVERYWHERE in my life! Thanks for the chance to win.


39 Angie April 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

I currently have THREE teens and this would be a great help! Release!


40 Hoa Le April 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Seems like something I would love to read!


41 Cathy Mattison April 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’ve raised 4 teens and I’d love to read the book.


42 Kristen N. April 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Thank you so much for this giveaway!


43 shelby April 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

this would be a great book for my aunt


44 Jeni Monroe April 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I would love to get my hands on a copy of this. I am the mom to 4 preteens who is not looking forward to the teenage years. I could use all the help that I can get before they come.


45 amandasue April 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

Love the title! So could use this book!


46 Tia April 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

My oldest just turned 13 and I would love to attempt to be a bit ahead of the game by reading this.


47 TawndaM April 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

hehe… 3 … 30… or is it 300 teens? I think I need this ☺


48 bethsportsmomma April 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Oh my gracious. The title of this book IS MY LIFE right now!


49 Linda Kish April 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


50 Kandra April 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

This sounds great! A little humor never hurt anyone!


51 apple blossom April 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

this book sounds most interesting. I have teenage girls so really intrigues me thanks for chance to win.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com


52 tammy b April 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

count me in! i’ve got 3 pre-teen girls and can use all the support and humor i can get!


53 Kathy April 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I have a lovely 14 year old girl (thankfully) and I teach middle school. I am sure this book is chockfull of advice that would be useful at home and at work!


54 Magnolia Mom April 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I would love to read this book.


55 Stephanie April 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I cannot figure out where to go to find out who won this giveaway!


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