Sunday, July 4, 2010

"It's Not PMS, It's You! " - Book Review and Giveaway

Read 7/4/10
Pgs: 125

It's Not PMS, It's You! is a very quick and humorous read detailing the numerous differences between men and women, why we react the way we do, and how it doesn't always tie in to the fact that we are "on the rag" or "getting our period".

Ladies, if you are anything like me, I know you hate it when men address our every thought or feeling as an irrational effect of "our time of the month". We know that women are naturally emotional beings, seeking other emotional beings in which to confide, vent, and otherwise express our frustrations and joys to. We are not always looking for a solution and are happy to just have some well deserved sympathy!

Men, on the other hand, tend to take the Emotion Expressway in an effort to bypass all the sappy confusion and get straight to the heart of the issue. Emotions be damned, we are going to FIX this thing and move on to more important things - like sports, beer, and sex!

Deb Amlen, in an endearing 'I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar' sort of way, informs her readers to shuck off the money making schemes of relationship self-help books, 1000 ways to get flat abs DVD's, and other society and gender related BS, and realize that there is nothing wrong with US - WE don't have to change a thing! Hold those grudges, eat that chocolate, be the bitch that you must be to get through to your man!!

Ok, I may be taking things a little further than Deb did - haha! She fills her book with cute antidotes, Facebook-like snippets, jokes, and a hilarious peek into a new relationship between two people who just met and totally misunderstand one anothers intentions and feelings.

Covering topics like "Selective Deafness", "Fragile Male Ego (One Upping each other)", and "The F- Word (no, not THAT F-word!)" you are bound to find something you can relate to!

Now To The Contest!!!

And now that I have shared MY two cents on It's Not PMS, It's You! , I want to give YOU an opportunity to share your thoughts!

There are 5 copies up for grabs. How do you manage to land one of these books? The rules are as follows:

1. Contest is open to USA and Canada only (sorry, not my rules!)

2. To enter the contest, compose a short post detailing the craziest thing a romantic partner has ever said to you and leave it as a comment here, or over at TNBBC on goodreads. Entries will be accepted at both sites.

3. You must attach your email address to your entry if you are posting it here on the blog, so that we can contact you if you win. If you have a goodreads account, and post over at TNBBC, we will contact you via PM.

4. Deb Amlen will determine the 5 winners based on the best "craziest things".

5. Contest will close at Midnight on Saturday July 17th. Winners will be announced Sunday July 18th.

While this is a contest, we do hope that the comments you post for your entries spark some men vs women discussions, so feel free to comment on each others posts!!

We will also be tweeting about the contest and the book using the #amlenpms hashtag over on Twitter, so join us there.

Let the crazy comments begin!!!


  1. Hi Lori! Can't wait to see everyone's comments... there is so much to discuss!

    Like who should fund the medical research into why men behave the way they do (HINT: It's definitely NOT the government)

    Or the evolution of the Prince Albert in a can joke, and why he deserved it.

    Or the fool-proof method I outline in the book on how to have a relationship that lasts forever and why it could kill you.

    OK, ladies.... Let's get this party started!

  2. When discussing the use of the TV remote: I (stupidly) asked why he had to keep flipping channels during the commercials if he already found something good to watch. I was told that he needed to see what else was on. What I wanna know is seriously, if he found something good, what difference does it make what else is on.... what he was watching was fine! Frustrating.... especially because then I missed the beginning of the original show after it came back from commercial. Frustrating!!

  3. Anonymous, thanks for posting and showing an interest in this giveaway - but we have no way to contact you if you are a winner..could you please add your email address?

    I don't understand the whole remote thing either. Why must a man always (a) hold the remote and (b) flip back and forth almost nonstop?

    At least now, with digital cable, you have the guide to flip through, which allows you to continue to watch your show as your go :)

  4. Well, I'm not sure what to choose here! I would probably choose how my father ALWAYS falls asleep while watching TV but wakes up when you change the channel and says that he was watching it - how do they do that?

  5. Thanks for starting us off, Anonymous! Make sure you come back and ID yourself so we can keep you in the running.

    Here's one of mine that actually made it into the book:

    The night I was in labor with our first child and we were finding out very quickly that what they told us in our very expensive Lamaze class was a BIG, FAT LIE (my vote for the official Lamaze motto: "Actually, all we really have is the breathing thing"), my husband's idea of commiserating with me and my pain was to tell me that he knew exactly what I was going through because he had been standing beside me for a long time and boy, did his feet hurt.

    The last thing I remember before I took him down was the obstetrician muttering to a nurse, "Make sure there's a First Aid kit in here, because she's going to hurt him."

    Keep 'em coming!

  6. Hi, first time here, arrived via book blogs -
    in the early years of my marriage, I was a little more gullible than I am now. My DH liked to say outrageous things to me with a straight face to see how far I'd go before I'd figure out he was bluffing. Once after I swallowed the bait yet again, he said (very smugly) 'You're too simple! Get complicated!'

    From the fact that we're still togethr you can conclude that he does have other, better qualities...

  7. Amy, yes - Exactly HOW do they do that? My kids and hubby are famous for that as well. Out cold till the channel changes, or TV is shut off, then complaining till you put it back on. Must be ingrained in their genes.

    One request. In order for us to get into touch with you should be chosen as one of the winners, I will need your email address.

    M. Hi! Welcome to my blog - I am excited to know that Ning's Book Blogs is gaining me some new veiwers. Hooray! Love that he would tell you "Get complicated"! Most men want their women as uncomplicated as possible, I would think, yeah?

    Could you also please leave your email. We have no way of getting into contact should you be a chosen as a winner.

  8. Hey, babe! No need to enter me; I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  9. my email post seems to have been eaten.
    at the risk of double post -
    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  10. The craziest thing an ex-boyfriend ever said to me was to compare me to Charles Manson. He tried to play it off as a compliment, I still don't know how it could ever be a compliment.

  11. Damn, Andie, I'm still trying to ponder that one myself :)