The Sh!te Before Christmas by Serena Terry

Print Length 384 pages
Publication Date: November 10, 2022
By: HarperCollins Publishers
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About The Book:

Christmas time, toddler meltdowns, teenage angst, marriage problems and wine. This year, the perfect Christmas is going to take a miracle…Twas the sh!te before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for … mum! Like every mum, Tara wants a perfect Christmas for her family – but no-one else is lifting a finger and she’s losing her elf-ing mind. From the kids behaving badly (vaping! Potty training! The Nativity!), to a distracted husband acting very out of character, the last straw is Tara’s glamorous, feckless, boundary-less mother moving herself back in for the holidays. Can Tara pull off the holly jolly Christmas of her dreams? Will she deck the halls and not her family? Or is this a Christmas catastrophe waiting to happen?

My Review:
This book was so funny! I was completely unaware that the author has a Tiktok called Mammy Banter and apparently she is a viral sensation. I can understand that after reading this book. There are toddler and primary school-aged children in the book so there are a lot of references to pee, wee, and poo but that is the reality of being a mum. I liked that the author showed what is really behind the funny: self-doubt, anxiety, and fear of abandonment to name but a few.

Anyone who's had to do a full-on Christmas while wrangling a job, kids, a house, and unexpected visitors (while pregnant no less) will relate to what Tara is going through. The best bits were the parts where Nathan and Jax find their elf on the shelf (named wee (because he is small or pees a lot I do not know) donkey) in his crazy situations.

This is a fast-paced read filled with the crazy mania of the holiday season and is the second book featuring this family. It is definitely a stand-alone but I liked this enough to want to read the first one. That is a compliment to the author.

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