It's really hard to review a book that's a compilation of other people's secrets. Because it's not the authors who are writing the book, they're just organizing the things they've heard, so it's really about the organization. And unless you have a real gimmick like the Post Secret blog and books, people reading it are going to think some of the secrets are so normal as to be boring (wait, that's a secret? I thought everyone did that!) or so much of an outlier as to be sad or scandalous (how could anyone feel that way??).
And how do you review other people's confessions? You can't. Instead, I thought I'd post two of the secrets from Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms that I thought were things everyone did, and see what you guys think.
From the "Dirty Little Secrets" chapter:
I love my kids but I didn't always. It took time to fall in love with them.
Me, too, although the second one I fell in love with faster, probably because I wasn't as shell-shocked the second time. I can only assume it took you guys a long time, too, since it did every mom in my playgroup.
And from the "Even Dirtier Little Secrets" chapter:
I tell my husband I'm going to go potty but actually lock myself in the bathroom, sit on the edge of the tub, and read People.
I actually feel sorry for the woman who "confessed"this one, for two reasons. 1) Sitting on the closed lid of the toilet is way more comfortable for magazine-reading than the edge of the tub is, and 2) everyone does this! Don't they? Where else can you get a little peace and quiet for a couple of minutes on a weekend but in the bathroom, and when else are you going to catch up on Brangelina's pregnancy and which celebrity is on which diet? The only sad thing is that most of us don't have wireless in the bathroom to be able to read Go Fug Yourself in peace.
What do you guys think about those secrets? I feel bad that these women have been hiding this stuff that to me is so excruciatingly normal.