Recommendation: As funny as everyone says. It’s almost impossible to believe that someone actually said all of these things, but I’m more than happy to go with it. I’m not sure that I’d want this to be my Dad, but it’s awesome that he exists.
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Sh*t My Dad Says started with a few posts on twitter and a couple followers and then before you knew it, BAM, a published book and a national bestseller (and I think even a brief failure of a TV show with William Shatner). Basically Justin Halpern’s father is wild and doesn’t care what anyone says or thinks about, well, anything. And in that complete refusal to care, Halpern’s father is irrefutably hilarious. Politically incorrect, far from subtle, and lacking any sense of decency, this book truly is hilarious.
I listened to Sh*t My Dad Says in audio format while I was cruising up the California coast on beautiful US 1, and my copilot hated it. The US 1 drive has unmatched coastal views and beautiful forest landscapes on either side. But, it’s also incredibly winding and pretty much always on the edge of a significant cliff. Understandably, these crazy roads had my copilot on edge already, so every time I burst out laughing she reacted with a jump and a look that said something between “Please stop” and “I hate you.”
If she had been listening to the other ear bud, she would have understood. Halpern sets up each of his father’s rabid reactions with a little story that provides context. Honestly, it’s not always necessary, but Halpern does a good job of keeping it short and letting the book’s star get his punch lines in. You already know what’s coming and you can see how each story is going to go, but Halpern’s father is so severe and so ridiculous that you can’t help but laugh. This book is short, but it’s funny from beginning to end and well worth its purchase price.