Thursday, November 5, 2009

Review: Permission Slips by Sherri Shepherd

Covering topics such as "It's Jesus or Jail,""Marriage, the Hard Way,""Children: The Gift You Can't Give Back," and "All the Things I Don't Know...And All the Things I Definitely Do," stand-up comedienne, actress, and ABC's The View co-host Sherri Shepherd comically chronicles her struggles to keep up with the many roles-professional, wife, mother, daughter, and friend-that women must play in today's world. Sherri urges women to pursue their most important dreams and to never give up, but also let's readers know that it's okay to give themselves "permission slips" when things don't always work out the way they want them to. As her many fans know, Sherri is never hesitant to speak from the heart, and her bubbly personality shines through in this delightful autobiography.

Received from the publisher for review.

I had no experience with the author before reading the book since I don't watch The View, and I'm sad to say that I never will watch the author on the show. I don't like her and I don't like her as a person at all. The book itself is mildly entertaining at points but not enough to compensate for the rest. The religious conversations were very off putting and her statements that she regularly "hears God talking" to her were frankly disturbing. On top of that is the fact that she does not believe in evolution. I don't even know how to process that. The fact that she represents a portion of our society on the show frankly chills me to the bone. Her bitter attitude towards white women was also disconcerting, and that racist attitude made me like her even less.

This one gets two stars. I was not amused. At all. The text was simply distasteful, and left me needing a mind bath. That said, the book was well formatted, with nicely sized sections which made for easy reading. I did find the ubiquitous "permission slip" bubbles decidedly distracting, sprinkled in amongst the test as they were. I can only recommend this to pre-existing fans of the author. I cannot imagine anyone who is not already a fan becoming one after reading her propaganda.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


Ryan G said...

I'm not a big fan of hers either for that matter. Don't really like The View at all.

Esme said...

I just posted my review of this book and feel the same way you did about it-this was a waste of paper.

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