Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Review: My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag...And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr

From Goodreads:
Life is filled with spills, odors, and those oh-so embarrassing stains you just can’t tell your parents about. And let’s be honest: no one is going to ask Martha Stewart what to do when your boyfriend barfs in your handbag.

Thankfully, Jolie Kerr has both staggering cleaning knowledge and a sense of humor. With signature sass and straight talk, Jolie takes on questions ranging from the basic—how do I use a mop? —to the esoteric—what should I do when bottles of homebrewed ginger beer explode in my kitchen? My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag proves that even the most nightmarish cleaning conundrums can be solved with a smile, the right supplies, and a little music.
I'm sticking to a single review of this one instead of a two part review.  The book is funny and about cleaning.  I don't have much differentiation in those two categories for writing and entertainment value.  I actually enjoyed a book about cleaning things, so in my opinion the book succeeded in both categories equally.

I really liked Kerr's sense of humor.  I think she takes something that is a bit of a boring subject (no offense to those of you who like to read cleaning descriptions - if you exist, comment and let me know) and makes it delightful to read.  Obviously it's informative too, and I thought she covered cleaning disasters that I might actually encounter.  Confession: I don't spend my weekends cleaning my blinds or dusting the top of my fridge.  But I HAVE had a giant bottle of sticky juice spill all over my kitchen and no idea how to clean it up. This book solves that problem in a lighthearted way.  The author also addresses other, rather intimate cleaning situations that no one ever teaches, so props to her for going there.  I learned things.

Basically, I'm going to need to pick up a copy of this one to keep on my shelf for reference, but you can also sit down and read through it enjoyably.  I definitely recommend it.  Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy.

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