My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...Review

About the book:
The author of the hit column "Ask a Clean Person" offers a hilarious and practical guide to cleaning up life’s little emergencies.

Life is filled with spills, odors, and those oh-so embarrassing stains you just can’t tell your parents about. And let’s be honest: no one is going to ask Martha Stewart what to do when your boyfriend barfs in your handbag.

Thankfully, Jolie Kerr has both staggering cleaning knowledge and a sense of humor. With signature sass and straight talk, Jolie takes on questions ranging from the basic—how do I use a mop? —to the esoteric—what should I do when bottles of homebrewed ginger beer explode in my kitchen? My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag proves that even the most nightmarish cleaning conundrums can be solved with a smile, the right supplies, and a little music.

I was not familiar with the author or her column before reading this book.  The book is full of cleaning tips and tricks and assorted related anecdotes to go along with them.

This is a book you can just sit down and read straight through or you can simply pick it up if you're looking for ideas for specific cleaning issues.  It is written narrative style with paragraphs of information, so don't expect bulleted points or lists.

The chapters are divided by rooms and there is an index in the back.

While it's funny, there is some adult humor and the chapter titled, "The Things You Really Can't Ask Martha (or Mom for That Matter)" is definitely mature, simply because of the topics addressed.

I can't say this is a book I will use for reference, but it was entertaining and enlightening, that's for sure.  It would make a fun gift for someone open-minded.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Jolie Kerr here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

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  1. I guess the title should give us an idea of the author's humor.


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