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Book Review: Chronicles of a Cutie


posted: 01/10/14

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{Book Review}  Chronicles of a Cutie:  Terrible Twos

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Over Christmas vacation we took the kids out to our favorite restaurant for brunch. We went super early, so the restaurant was relatively empty. While we were sitting there, a large family came in. They had four girls, two of which were twins, and all of which were probably under the age of six. My mouth must have hung open because the mom looked over at me and said, “I’m about to make you feel a whole lot better about your life.” I pretty much immediately wanted to be best friends with her.

I love parents who tell it like it is, and that is why I was super excited to read Chronicles of a Cutie: Terrible Twos. And who better to tell it like it is than the two year old?? Chronicles of a Cutie is written from the perspective of Zoey Lynn, a cute little lady who just has turned two. She’s learning about the world around her, taking advantage of her loving grandfather, and wondering why her parents seem to struggle with everything.

Yup. She pretty much gets it all right.

This was a cute book, that so perfectly captures the reality of having a two year old. I kept having flashback after flashback of crazy things that happened to us as new parents when Gavin was two. And I laughed out loud when Zoey referred to a stranger’s butt as smelling like “poot,” especially because that is Quinn’s own word for poop.

This is a fast paced funny book that was perfect for my mushy sleep deprived mom brain. It’s written by Chelsea Landon, a contemporary romance author, who switched gears and wrote this ridiculously realistic account of life with a two year old under the pen name Zoey Lynn. Wondering why it’s so realistic? It’s all stories that have actually happened, making it that much funnier!

Though the book was funny and a page turner, the author took on a really difficult task, writing from the perspective of a toddler. I know exactly how difficult this can be, since I did pretty much the same thing with my Character Assassination, writing as Gavin. It is sooooo difficult to write in a voice that sounds like a child and be funny. {For the record, it’s not something I accomplished in the above mentioned post.} I think the only ones who have been able to do it are the writers of Family Guy in the voice of Stewie. And that takes serious commitment.

There were Stewie moments for Zoey, and I loved them. But then it would go back to a more tame two year old voice that didn’t totally ring true for me. At other moments I could hear the adult behind Zoey speaking, and I loved her! I wanted to take her out to coffee and spend endless hours talking about how hard it is to raise two year olds who think they are geniuses, but who actually pay with their own poop. I guess I just wish that it would have been ALL Stewie or ALL funny mom you want to take out to coffee.

That said, if you have a two year old, had a two year old, or are thinking about having a two year old, you will appreciate all the stories in this book that are so on the nose. Because sometimes it’s nice to know you aren’t the only one “accidentally” swearing in front of your kids.

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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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