Book Review: Kissing The Crisis

Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else

-Ogden Nash

Kissing the Crisis by Kara Martinez Bachman

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Humor

Publish Date: February 1, 2017

What It’s About

Ever wonder what life is like past your 40’s?  We all hear about the “mid-life crisis”.  In this book, Kara candidly shares her many adventures and stories of what it’s like to be a woman in your forties and going through that mid-life crisis we all hear about.

My Thoughts

Bring out the Bengay and glitter ladies! We’re about to embark on Kara’s adventures of being forty-something.

I’ve been in need of a good chuckle, and this was just what I needed.  So maybe I’m not quite 40 or have any use for Bengay..yet.  But I’m close enough and found myself giggling and relating to Kara at the same time.

The days with only one child underfoot were suddenly free of the complications and competitions of sibling rivalry, free of endless comparing of grilled cheese sandwiches to see whose was better melted.

Women just need to let crazy-lady loose.

We find creative ways to let loose, whether we have children or not.  We find the particular restaurant, the particular bar, dance club or the movie theatre or the park bench that makes us feel like teenagers again.

When you marry in your twenties and start a family young like myself, you find yourself in some of the same predicaments as Kara.

I loved that each chapter included a quote to match the title, and could be read as a standalone.  Even though there were times I skimmed through some of the stories, there were others that made me laugh even if I couldn’t relate to the incident like, Wonder Bread for Frenchmen, Pancho Villa and the Mexican Boat People or Screwed by Warranty

Whether you’re a woman in her forties about to experience that mid-life crisis or a mom with tween aged kids, I would recommend Kissing the Crisis.

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My Rating

Hey, y’all. I was born and raised in New Orleans and when you hear me speak, you can kinda tell (yep … I’m a yat).  
My essays have appeared in The Writer, Funny Times, and I’ve been heard on NPR’s State of the Re:Union, where they inserted blues music behind my voice in a feeble attempt to make me seem cool. I’m former staff and a current freelancer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and, where I primarily cover entertainment and home and garden stories.

My essays, poetry and nonfiction reporting have been included in several anthologies, numerous parenting magazines, and a variety of regional, national and foreign publications, websites and literary journals. 

I’m a married mom to two kids. I love donuts, dogs, kahlua, laughing, complaining, sloth, nostalgia, most words, and that feeling you get the second before you sneeze. I curse more than I should and am usually antisocial. People make fun of how I drive.

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