I read Squishy back when there were no blogs and everyone hand-coded their online journals and I loved her writing then. I loved her first novel, Why Girls Are Weird, and the way that she managed to take some of the best Squishy entries and fit them in the story (hello, tiny wooden hand, I am looking at you and waving). When I knew her newest novel was out, I was very excited.
Why Moms Are Weird is a fun read, the kind of book I wish I could have read all in one sitting, curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee and some snacks. It’s unfortunate that the kids would not agree to that, so it took me a little bit longer to read it all, but I enjoyed every page.
Benny lives on the opposite end of the country from her mom and sister, living her own life in California. She’s busy keeping the boys at bay to avoid the eventual heratbreak and working at a mediocre job when she simultaneously meets a great guy and gets a call informing her that her mother was in a car accident that broke her leg. Benny ditches the guy and flies home to live with her mother and sister temporarily in order to feel like she’s helping out. She ends up desperately trying to declutter her mther’s house, but discovers there’s more emotional and mental clutter than anything else.
The conflicts and misunderstandings are both bittersweet and incredibly hilarious. More than once I found myself laughing out loud and was relieved to be reading at home and not on public transit. But it’s not all funny and light. In between the giggles, you might find yourself thinking “I’ve been there” or “GOD I hope that never happens to me.” The choices Benny must face are believable and Pamie’s way of writing takes you right into the turmoil. One moment in particular was heartbreaking enough that I found myself near tears. Not everyone can write something that will make you laugh and cry in the same chapter.
I loved it. I know it’s one of those books that I will grab off my shelf again when I need something good to read.