Book Review: Momaholic

Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent
By
Dena Higley

I don’t know how to accurately summarize this book, so I’ll let you hear it straight from the publisher (from thomasnelson.com):

Every mom has felt the need to be perfect.

 Momaholic is one woman’s private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she’d been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family’s season of becoming unraveled found a new glue (other than her blood, sweat and tears) that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.

 The real life characters:

 * A MOM who is literally the head writer of a network soap opera… at work and at home

* A HUSBAND who expects perfection from his kids and his wife, but who has the wisdom to know he’s being unrealistic and yet, can’t help but scratch his head in frustration as his family’s troubles seem to spiral out of his control

* An autistic SON

* A popular DAUGHTER who is suddenly pregnant

* An ADOPTED DAUGHTER pulled from the jungles of Vietnam with no leg below the right knee and fingers fused together

* An ADOPTED SON from Ethiopia, rescued from the streets at the age of 9.

This is a story showing the speed with which a “normal” family can fall apart. No one dies. No one gets kidnapped. They just have to deal with each of their own issues….and then one unwanted and unplanned pregnancy. This was a church-going family whose kids were taught abstinence until marriage. With the family running around as the tornado sirens roared warnings to take cover, mother, Miss Drama, becomes the biggest mess of all and ends up finding a whole new freedom for her soul.

My Thoughts:

I really wanted this book to be so much more than it was; it came across as a bunch of half-finished, semi-related stories. Because of this I had a hard time really connecting to any of the stories and advice. The book starts with the author talking about ending up in the hospital due to an alcohol overdose, but never really tells more of the story. Most of the other stories tell bits and pieces of her struggles, but never really complete the thought and let the reader into the depths of it. Maybe I’m just a nosey reader, but I would have liked this book much better if the author had gone deeper into each of the stories instead of just skimming over them; I feel there is more to be learned if the reader is able to deeply connect. Other than the fact that her controlling, helicopter parenting personality led her to the brink of psychosis I’m not really sure what the reader was supposed to get out of this book. I didn’t intend to write a scathing review of this book, but I just feel like it could have been so much better if Higley had gone a little deeper into emotions and actions rather than just casually addressing them without discussing them more.

Buy the Book:

This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

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