Ketchup Is a Vegetable by Robin O'Bryant

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and what better Mother's Day gift than a book that every mother can relate to! Let's face it, parenting is a touchy subject; everyone does it differently, and everyone has an opinion. Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Mothers Tell Themselves is the utterly honest, disgustingly hilarious, and beautifully reassuring nitty-gritty parenting crash course.

Robin O'Bryant is the mother of three girls, and from the first page, the reader is immediately thrust into the roughest everyday realities of having children. The Author's raw but hilarious breakdown of parenthood had me laughing and nodding my head in absolute recognition and agreement. From gas station bathroom hell to dealing with other parents, O'Bryant covers a wide range of parenting situations, and she pulls no punches when giving her opinion.

While I could relate to many of the stories and situations in this parenting memoir, there were many situations, choices, and opinions that I, thankfully, have never experienced. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that O'Bryant writes with this "don't judge me, but I am going to judge everyone else" kind of attitude. Though many of her stories come across funny at first, this defensive attitude starts to set a bit of a negative tone. While reading some of the pieces that I didn't quite agree with was unpleasant, I get it; these are the author's real life stories and opinions, and everyone is different.

Overall, this book was enjoyable, and I laughed a lot. Regardless of opinions, Ketchup Is a Vegetable paints a very real picture of life, in all of it's beautifully raw and very awkward moments. O'Bryant's writing is full of creativity, imagination, and humor. I would definitely recommend this book to other parents and as a very enjoyable Mother's Day gift!

I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.