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Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood [Paperback]

Drew Magary
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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham Books; Reprint edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592408761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408764
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
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what I expected. Arrived on time. Pleased
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  126 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out Loud Hilarious 16 May 2013
By Lukester - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
People saying "LOL" is often misleading: are they really laughing out loud? But I can honestly say that I couldn't help laughing and had to try and stifle my laughs on my train commute as I read this book. A series of short stories of Magary's adventures in being a father of three children, this book will be instantly familiar to any parent. He doesn't shy away from the honest truth about parenthood: it's wonderful, but those kids can drive you crazy too. Magary manages to give a voice to all of those little thoughts every parent has but do their best to shove back down into the subconscious. He also discusses his relationship with his wife, which like any modern parenting relationship consists of both teamwork and combat: who can fake sleeping long enough so the other has to get up and feed the crying baby?

The stories are the perfect balance between the hilarity of parenting and the touching moments that any parent will recognize. Magary is able to discuss his feelings without venturing into the trite or overly corny cliches that other parenting books often fall into to. If you are a parent that misses the days of childless freedom but still cherish your children, you'll love this book. He perfectly captures the range of emotions, some that you didn't even know existed, that any parent moves through.

One note of warning, however: if you are looking for innocent portrayals of parenthood, this isn't the book for you: Magary often invokes profanity and "off-color" topics to tell his tales. Of course, in my opinion, this is true to actual parenthood. He doesn't go overboard, but he doesn't restrain himself either.

The hilarity is bookended by an incredibly moving portrayal of Magary dealing with his youngest son being in the NICU after he is born prematurely. Magary is a skillful writer than can handle both the hilarity, the love, and the tragedy involved in parenting. As he sums it up near the beginning of the book, "When you start a family, you're signing up for drama. You're signing up for worry. You're signing up for life-and-death. You're signing up for a life that means something more, even if it isn't as fun a life as when toy were single and drinking shots of Fire Water in the Giants Stadium parking lot."

My one quibble is that the book seemed a bit overpriced for being so short. The book reads almost like a series of blog posts. Although I enjoyed every one, I felt like the publisher was asking for a bit more than this book was worth.

I would highly recommend this as a Father's Day present for any younger dad. Also, although it's written from a dad's perspective, I think mom's would also enjoy it, if for no other reason than to see inside the mind of a dad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read about parenthood 19 May 2013
By tamar p - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Once I picked up this book, I simply couldn't put it down until I finished it; that first sentence of "We all agreed that the child must be disemboweled" reeled in me in like a fish on a hook. Magary manages to find that perfect balance between the utter seriousness and the utter hilarity involved in raising a child. Even in the darkest moments detailed in the book, there's always a glimmer of humor lurking. The book felt very intimate, like Magary was truly baring it all for his audience; this was most evident in the chapter about his DUI. I don't have any children, but Magary makes child raising somehow relatable, often frightening, and very entertaining. An excellent and easy read, highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read even for non-parents 3 Jun 2013
By R. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't have kids but this book is still hilarious and heart-wrenching. Drew's always good for a laugh but the serious parts of this book were beautifully written and heartfelt. I'd recommend this to anyone!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What parenting is really like 20 Jan 2014
By Sara Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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I really loved this book. It's such an honest look at what parenting is really like, at least for me and clearly many others who have reviewed it. There is so much material out there constantly telling us what terrible parents we are and that we're doing everything wrong, it's easy to feel like a failure. Reading Magary's experiences, several of which were very similar to my own (though not the DUI or the NICU, knock on wood), made me feel less alone. I also appreciated his honesty and willingness to share his failings (see DUI) and tougher more emotional moments (see NICU). I'm recommending it to every parent I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious. 5 Nov 2013
By holtz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hilarious-- literally made me laugh at loud. As an expecting mom it was a refreshing and at times touching read.
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