Your Mother Doesn't Work Here: Painfully polite and hilariously hostile notes Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008
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"We dare you not to laugh at loud at these funny, snarky notes."
-- Redbook magazine, November, 2008
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It all began with a first date...and not a particularly good date, either. Apparently, things between this guy and his roommate had gotten so bad that they now communicated almost exclusively via Post-it note. Ah, yes, I said, I know those notes well--my current apartment (where I lived with three other flatmates) had seen its share, most of them about the presence of unwashed dishes in the sink. They were usually signed with love; they were never addressed directly. I should start collecting them, I joked--put them on the Internet or something. Now that would be passive-aggressive.
Later that night--after it became clear that our relationship wasn't going to progress beyond standard small talk--I decided to do just that. And unlike my apartment's approach to dish-washing, the response to passiveaggressivenotes.com was enthusiastic, immediate, and overwhelming. Within weeks of the site's launch, thousands of notes poured in from shared bathrooms, kitchens, cubicles, and parking lots. (Wrote one reader: "Instead of a single note, can I submit an entire person? Like my mother?") This book represents the funniest and most outrageous of those submissions.
--Kerry MillerSee all Product Description
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However, anyone looking at the 'buy all three...' suggestion above should probably be aware that one of the suggested books in that trio: "Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings." is not, as this tacitly implies, another similar book - it's the same book, just with its American title and cover.
It may be worth buying but probably not twice!
Some of these are really laugh-out-loud while others don't quite hit the spot. However, for a bit of silliness and fun, it is always interesting to get tips on how to complain in future.
Aside from the brilliant ketchup note and possessive sandwich fiend on the cover, here are a few of my favourites:
> "This party would be way better if this music DIDN'T F**KING SUCK. xox"
> "Is there some Great-God of unwashed plates? Whom we must appease by building statues in his honour every day? Just a thought."
> (on vending machine) "This machine is like a box of chocolates! You never know what you'll get! (For Diet Pepsi, push Mountain Dew. For Brisk Tea push Mountain Dew.) Still haven't found the Mountain Dew."
> "STOP eating my soup! I know who you are. I'm watching you. I mixed a little Oxy Powder in my soup today. Care to find out what that is?? Try a bite..."
I think Dylan Moran summed it up pretty well in his Dylan Moran - Monster Live [DVD] stand-up show , talking about a particularly anal note-leaver in his student digs: "I used to leave a few notes for Tina myself. 'Dear Tina, eeeeeeverybody hates you.'" This would make a great novelty gift or toilet book - read it and cringe, people, read it and cringe!
I have a teenage daughter and one of her pals likes to pick his nose and wipe it on my bathroom wall each time he goes in there...
This gross act seems to have ceased so I will credit the book accordingly!
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Well it simple, this book rocks. nice bit of dry humour to make those bad days go bye bye. Highly recommend as a gift.Published on 19 Sept. 2013 by Bruce
As said in the title the book arrived perfectly but it took forever to come and there was no help from anyone to let me know where it wasPublished on 10 Jan. 2011 by LeighMainland
Funny book. Bought as a gift. Reminds you how we all wind each other up and how funny pettiness can be!Published on 8 Oct. 2010 by Sarah, Devon
I was really disappointed after reading (most of) this book, I had really high expectations, but the book was full of collegestyle notes, which gets a little repetitive in the end.Published on 26 July 2010 by Dechirant
This book made me laugh out loud, I could not put it down. I had been looking for this book for ages and was very grateful to find it on Amazon. Read morePublished on 12 May 2009 by Kitty Richardson