Monday, December 19, 2011

When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little Understood by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli

Product Description

A collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, When Parents Text is a surprisingly affecting window into the complicated time when parents aren’t ready to let go, and kids aren’t ready to be let go. The parents are well-meaning but hopeless, silly and a little corny, and befuddled by the technology. The kids are bewildered yet patient: the perfect straight man. And the authors, two recent college graduates, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have an unerring editorial instinct to select the funniest, sweetest, quirkiest, most-telling exchanges.

There’s the revelatory: Mom: My fingers are saying words. This is amazing.

The virtual scolding: Dad: I will deal with your sassy behavior when I get home. Meanwhile have some fiber.

The autofill-challenged: Mom: dig up some tadpoles on ur way homo. Me: ummm, what? Mom: It autocorrected me. I mean to say dig up some tadpoles on ur way homo. (4 minutes later) Mom: PICK UP SOME TAMPONS ON YOUR WAY HOME.

The manically inappropriate: Mom: Woo Hoo—Ruth died, you know Uncle Lyman’s wife, BUT I have your Braves tickets and check on the table!!

And the downright inexplicable: Dad: You could poop your pants in the yankee candle store and no one would know.

Launched as a website just last year, is a phenomenon. It receives 300,000 to 500,000 page views a day, with features in The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, College Humor, and more. When Parents Text includes the best of texts from the website, plus more than 50 percent all-new material never before published.

Includes an emoticon glossary and 16-page color insert of MMS texts— multimedia messaging service, aka, bizarre photos from mom and dad. It’s the perfect gift for every text-savvy kid to give to his or her parents.

My thoughts:
I bought this book Saturday as Amazon's Kindle Deal of the Day.  I read through it in a sitting or two.  I've never gone to the website but might consider it after this book.  Every few pages there was an exchange or a text that made me laugh out loud.  Along with some of the ones listed in the description above there were a few others that really struck me funny at that moment.  For example: "MOM: Eww, this girl just had camel hoof! ME: Camel.....toe?" and "DAD: What does "unread" mean on my messages?  ME: You haven't read it...."  A bunch of auto correct texts and also, I'm almost embarrassed to admit they struck me funny, texts about flatulence.  Adding to this is I just sent my first text this weekend.  My husband and I don't have a texting plan on our phones so I never do, but a friend sent me a Facebook message asking me to text her the time for an event.  I texted on my Ipod and I can see how it can get addicting, how easy it can be to send a question or comment without having to call or remember it for later.  So, if you want a few silly laughs I would recommend this book!

Product Details

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1986 KB
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 1, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English

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