THIS REVIEW IS NOT INTENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER 18.
A Hilarious And Dark Comedy of Motherhood
* * * * * 5 Stars
Follow Vada into a mental hospital. As a mother of three boys and a wife, she needs a break. She relives several funny, endearing, and sometimes plain-out creepy situations during her stay at a mental institution.
I loved this book! I spit my tea out while reading about her butt-cheek clinching while the doctor inspected her for injuries from the night before. And I never knew the Golden Girls were really linebackers out to get mental patients. Lol.
Oh my God. Every parent needs to read this book on their worst parenting days. Vada obviously loves her kids and husband more than life. I think she’s the kind of crazy we all won’t admit to being…but really are.
The characters had me snorting in laughter, her husband was a great sport, and her kids were adorable. Be forewarned: there is a lot of the F word in here. But I agree with Vada: we should all say the F word more often. But I hope to never run into an overly sexed Bath-Salts-Mary. She was creepy!
Suspense, laughter, and a memoir on motherhood…I don’t think it could get much better. A must read!
Reviewed by Laurie Kozlowski
The Unbalancing Act by Kristen Lynn (book blurb)
Vada Bower, mini-van princess and stay-at-home mother of three, appears to have it all together. No one would ever suspect this always smiling “supermom” to be ridden with anxiety, on antidepressants, or to have an internal dialogue that makes the f-bomb sound like a nursery rhyme.
Vada not only lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but suffers from one of the most common dilemmas of motherhood: putting everyone else’s needs before her own. Overwhelmed and pushed to her limit, Vada finds herself in a mental institution. It is in the “nuthouse” where she joins an interesting group of women, all with their own unique stories, including a roommate who she swears has to be “bath salts crazy.” After learning more and more about these women, Vada realizes that her maternal instincts do not have an off-switch. She once again puts herself on the back burner to star in her forever role as the caregiver. Only this time, things do not necessarily work out according to her plan. Vada is in way over her head, and finds that her own mental issues will backfire on her in a way that she never could have imagined.
With a laugh-out-loud plot, Vada takes you with her through the internal struggles of motherhood. No one ever said being a mom was easy, and Vada will pull out all the stops to prove it! Her story will leave you begging the question, aren’t we all a little unbalanced?
The Unbalancing Act is a humorous fiction novel that captures all of the things that you have always wanted to say as a mother, but simply couldn’t. No worries, Vada will take care of that for you!
~ ABOUT KRISTEN LYNN ~
From Kristen’s blog, The Minivan Princess:
“Hey there, I am Kristen. I am a mother of three boys. I know, I know…but don’t take pity on me. I love it. I was made for this shit. I am very into mothers supporting other mothers, but not so much on judging them…unless they just totally suck. I live and breathe for my kids and have rocked the “stay-at-home-mom” thing for the last 7 years. This motherhood thing is a journey for all of us, whether you are a working mom, a single mom, a step-mom, or an octo-mom, it’s hard and fun and crazy and exhausting…and I love every minute of it. Except at two o’clock in the morning…sometimes I don’t love that.
I write what I think, not necessarily what I say and therefore I am an unfiltered train wreck. I have a passion for laughing, like gut laughing until I cry. I’m usually so tired that this happens simultaneously without any certain cause. I also have an important mission in this world to advocate for people with Tourette’s Syndrome. It is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I also have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke, which doesn’t sound that bad, but the numbers would shock you!
My fiction novel, The Unbalancing Act is now available for download in the Kindle Store!!! Check it out unless you hate laughing…or are offended by bad words…or just hate books. But otherwise…get on it! Thanks!”
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