Book Review | Crazy Things Parents Text
Title: Crazy Things Parents Text
Author: Stephen and Wayne Miltz
Did you have to be dragged into the texting world kicking and screaming? I did. When texting became really big some years ago, I vowed that I would never chase my kids around via text message. My now adult son bought his first phone at 15 (I refused to buy it for him) and he was off and running. I tried to hold out, but to no avail. Into the texting world I went.
CRAZY things PARENTS text explores the world of parents while learning to text and some of the inappropriate things they say to their kids. Sometimes it’s innocent; other times not. The authors talk about a learning process in texting which they call “the seven phases of textual maturity,” as such:
- Phase 1: Lost in translation
- Phase 2: I meant to send that to your father
- Phase 3: Teaching life lessons
- Phase 4: Did you really just text me that?
- Phase 5: Dad for the win
- Phase 6: Mom for the win
- Phase 7: Equals at long last
The book actually reproduces conversations, one assumes, taken from actual text messages between parents and kids. I say “one assumes,” because a lot of them look like carefully-scripted vaudeville jokes, except racier. The book is very, very funny, but is definitely X-rated. Don’t read it if you have youngsters around. You will laugh big time, unless you are in a convent somewhere, but it’s not for the young or faint of heart.
This is an example of one of the milder sexual conversations:
“Me: Can I borrow 50 dollars I want to buy Carly a present.
“Dad: Money’s not like your pecker. It won’t grow in your hand.”
Some of them are just plain silly, too. Here’s a G-rated example:
“Mom: …And after we had to put Buddy down, I decided that I wanted something that would outlive me so I had you.
“Me: So I’m a replacement for a cat?
“Mom: Yep. Love you, Honey.”
All in all, if you were a reluctant texter who has now morphed into a highly-proficient one, you will enjoy this book, unless the very crude sexual references and foul language is not your cup of tea. It should be noted that the authors have a web site of the same name: http://crazythingsparentstext.com/. A recent visit confirms that the more “interesting” ones are not on the front page.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*
Carla Ives is a blogger/author/teacher/editor/Jill of all trades and master of a few. She studied history at Drexel University and still teaches it. . . occasionally. You can usually find her writing business promotional items at GhostWriteHer or writing as the Atlantic City Pop Media Examiner for Examiner.com. She also hangs out on Facebook and Twitter while she attempts to figure out the far end of this thing called life. You can contact Carla at [email protected] if you dare!