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A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family l A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad’s unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them—from “Daddy Loves his Job” to “There’s a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)” —Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love.


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A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family l A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad’s unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them—from “Daddy Loves his Job” to “There’s a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)” —Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love.

30 review for Lying to Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    This book is a series of letters written from dear old Dad to his kids in an effort to explain "what really happened while your mother and I were raising you." While I got a few chuckles out of his reminiscences, I had a lot of problems staying interested in the writing. This is really in no way, shape, or form a novel - it's more like a stand-up routine. Imagine watching a not-too-funny Jim Gaffigan comedy special - and you have this book! A novel involves plot, and characters: the Mom and kids This book is a series of letters written from dear old Dad to his kids in an effort to explain "what really happened while your mother and I were raising you." While I got a few chuckles out of his reminiscences, I had a lot of problems staying interested in the writing. This is really in no way, shape, or form a novel - it's more like a stand-up routine. Imagine watching a not-too-funny Jim Gaffigan comedy special - and you have this book! A novel involves plot, and characters: the Mom and kids in this book are not characters; they're simply catalysts for situations about which Dad gets to crack wise and make jokes. There's really no warmth, heart, and depth on display. Take a look at Alex Shahla. I think this may be a problem of "writing what you know. The author looks like he's maybe . . . 26? This type of book is always better when written by someone with a couple decades of raising kids under his or her belt. I do hope Shala continues writing . . . just not about parenting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    From the nine months it takes to create that perfect little life until the eighteen years and beyond it takes to raise them, children are by far the greatest gift we ever receive.  Their first smile. Their first laugh. Their first words. Their first steps. All are such monumental milestones. As parents, we smile and encourage them and are their biggest fans.  Sacrifice. That is what parents do, and they do it with grace. Putting children first for millions of year... yup, that pretty much wraps up From the nine months it takes to create that perfect little life until the eighteen years and beyond it takes to raise them, children are by far the greatest gift we ever receive.  Their first smile. Their first laugh. Their first words. Their first steps. All are such monumental milestones. As parents, we smile and encourage them and are their biggest fans.  Sacrifice. That is what parents do, and they do it with grace. Putting children first for millions of year... yup, that pretty much wraps up parenting... but what if you could REALLY say what you wanted to say to your children? What if for once you could say, "Just stop being selfish and whiny! Have YOU had to wear the same underwear for 18 years?" What if you could write it all down, all the funny, crazy, angry, OH MY GOODNESS I WANT TO KILL YOU moments that you would NEVER admit to in real life, and hand it to your kids and walk away? This is my side of the story. One day when you tell your future significant others, children, or therapists what horrible parents your mother and I were and how we ruined your lives, this book might help to exonerate us. What if your kids really knew how you felt about getting that new puppy when you already had a dog, and how that puppy ruined your dog's life, therefore, causing you interminable amounts of grief? Every time I came home, I expected to see a message spelled out in kibble: "Couldn't take it anymore. Had to leave. Love always, Steve. PS: I shit on her side of the bed." Have you ever turned to your loving spouse and said: "Honey, I want to use my 'Get Out of Parenting Free' card." It's ok. You can admit it. The author Alex Shahla sure let it all fly loose in his comical and heart-warming (and yes, completely identifiable) book Lying to Children. Rarely do I laugh out loud when reading a book (smile, yes...laugh, no) but Shahla managed not only to make me laugh out loud, but also laugh until I had tears as I identified with all of the "letters" he wrote to his children.  One chapter on Christmas and Santa brought me giggles and left fantastic images in my head! I never did understand why at Christmas we don't just tell our children that we have worked and slaved all year long to purchase them the overpriced toys that we know they will either play with five minutes or abandon in pursuit of happily playing with the boxes said toys arrived in. But hey, we all play the Santa game, right? Hold on; give me a moment while I put on my Mr. Rogers sweater. Okay, here goes. If you ever wake up in the middle of the night and there's a large man with a sack standing in front of your fireplace, realize that he is not there to bring you presents; he's there to steal your presents. There is no such selfless figure. Aim for the chest and fire in rapid succession. Shahla managed to take everyday parenting and turn all of the struggles and giggles in raising children to a poignant and entertaining read. His humor may not be for all and there are many places where the punchline is a bit repetitive, but for me, he presented a great tribute to parenthood and all of the daily struggles, joys, and fake (as well as real) smiles that come along with it.  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars for the laughter it provided me. I think you should go now and read it too. Take a journey and think about all those times you also wanted to scream and pull your hair out when your kids "knew better than you." Smile as the reach adulthood and congratulate them... But seriously. Congratulations. You've reached the end of the Yellow Brick Road and what awaits is the joy of partying your way towards massive amounts of educational debt, followed by the misery of adulthood, where you'll discover there are repercussions for your actions beyond being grounded. Enjoy! ~Janet 

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    I won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway. Parenting is hard. In Lying to Children a dad addresses his now college-aged children about his experience raising them and the lies he had to tell. The book has a good mix of touching and humorous moments. We hear about big moments and the minutiae of the day to day. As someone who is still in the middle of raising elementary-aged children I found plenty to relate to in this book. 3.5 stars What to listen to while reading... Lying to Children by I won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway. Parenting is hard. In Lying to Children a dad addresses his now college-aged children about his experience raising them and the lies he had to tell. The book has a good mix of touching and humorous moments. We hear about big moments and the minutiae of the day to day. As someone who is still in the middle of raising elementary-aged children I found plenty to relate to in this book. 3.5 stars What to listen to while reading... Lying to Children by The Switch Dissolve Me by Alt-J Too Many Cookies by The Oot n' oots The Adults are Talking by The Strokes The Suburbs by Arcade Fire Hakuna Matata by Nathan Lane

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    3.5 rounded up Unlike anything I've read before; funny and heartwarming. 3.5 rounded up Unlike anything I've read before; funny and heartwarming.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Lying to Children is truly a not to be missed, one of a kind book! I literally could not stop laughing. Just when I thought I was done, I would read another quote that would have me laughing all over again. Quotes like: "In the game of life, there are winners, there are losers, and then there are those people who are too stupid to find the stadium." "Sorry to disappoint, kids, neither one of you was adopted. You are both members of my gene pool. And what a dirty pool it is." Each chapter focuses on Lying to Children is truly a not to be missed, one of a kind book! I literally could not stop laughing. Just when I thought I was done, I would read another quote that would have me laughing all over again. Quotes like: "In the game of life, there are winners, there are losers, and then there are those people who are too stupid to find the stadium." "Sorry to disappoint, kids, neither one of you was adopted. You are both members of my gene pool. And what a dirty pool it is." Each chapter focuses on a different lie: Daddy Loves his Job We can't have a puppy If I kiss it, it will make it better (I still believe in the power of a kiss makes boo boos better) If you put a tooth under your pillow, a magical fairy will bring you money There is a bunny who brings you presents on the day Jesus rose from the dead If you eat too much candy, your teeth will fall out You can be anything you want to be There is a fat jolly man who brings you presents (assembly required) The dog went to live on the farm with your goldfish where they'll have more room to run around Those are Daddy's cookies The enemy of your enemy is still your enemy Daddy loves going to Grammy and Grandpa's house The doctor is not going to hurt you Always take the high road, because that is what I did I'm happy you moved out of the house and are going to college In each chapter, you will learn why Annabelle and Peter's father "lied" to them. Oh, and did you know that Elf on a Shelf actually works for Vladimir Putin. Yes, he is a Russian spy (he is evil). Plus, why do commercials for places like Sonic get advertised in areas that have no such places. Don't forget that a child's first word should not be "puppy" but maybe "goldfish". There is so much more I could go on about this book but I will just leave it at you need to pick up a copy for yourself. You will not regret it. In fact, you will be thanking yourself that you made a smart choice.

  6. 4 out of 5

    skketch

    ***NOVEL THOUGHTS*** ++ Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for the giveaway ARC in exchange for an unbiased honest review++ When I got this book, I was very excited because as a parent of grown children, I could relate to the concept. I laughed out loud after reading the prologue and said to myself "Self, this is going to be a good book. You will see yourself in this book!" So I settled in, turning the pages waiting for the big moments. But after the first chapter, I felt let down. I'm really g ***NOVEL THOUGHTS*** ++ Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for the giveaway ARC in exchange for an unbiased honest review++ When I got this book, I was very excited because as a parent of grown children, I could relate to the concept. I laughed out loud after reading the prologue and said to myself "Self, this is going to be a good book. You will see yourself in this book!" So I settled in, turning the pages waiting for the big moments. But after the first chapter, I felt let down. I'm really glad this is a fictional father writing to his fictional children about moments during their time under his wing because this is no father I would be proud to call Dad. He hates everyone! Even Santa, yes Santa and wants to divulge the truth about the Jolly Northpoleian to his first grade daughter because "why should Santa get all the credit for gifts paid for and wrapped by parents?" While the idea of it is funny, why would he want to do that to his daughter? and son? He chases after a young kid on Halloween because he stole candy from his candy bowl (I think that's what happened... by this chapter I was already skipping through). He despises his wife family and outwardly expresses this (though the feeling is mutual). He is obsessed with cookies, making lists of complaints about everything, and made a piñata for a children's Easter party guaranteed to not be able to be hacked open, even by the children's fathers (though later, he broke it open and ate all the candy from inside himself). Yes, it has some very humorous moments and I laughed often because it is a funny, peculiar look at parenthood. So I don't take anything from the author about that. I think I was duped into thinking I was getting one kind of book akin to Erma Bombeck, and got Don Rickles instead. I also might not be in the right mindset for this book at this time with some personal stuff going on. So, I will put it on the backburner for now and maybe pick it up when I am ready for a tongue-in-cheek view of parenting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cayla

    Funny, but a little...much. At times the dad was an exaggeration of a character; it felt a little like I was reading a sitcom. Nevertheless, I'm sure parents can relate to a lot of moments. And there were some definite laugh out loud moments. Thanks Goodreads for the kindle win! If at first you don’t succeed, maybe trying isn’t your thing. Funny, but a little...much. At times the dad was an exaggeration of a character; it felt a little like I was reading a sitcom. Nevertheless, I'm sure parents can relate to a lot of moments. And there were some definite laugh out loud moments. Thanks Goodreads for the kindle win! If at first you don’t succeed, maybe trying isn’t your thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    Thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hilarious and true to life. The characters were well developed and relatable. You may think you wouldn't like someone who lies to children; after reading this you will feel differently. Dad, the narrator, has many admirable qualities. His love for his family is easily apparent, second only to his love for cookies. The last chapter was pretty perfect, a great way to end. Thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hilarious and true to life. The characters were well developed and relatable. You may think you wouldn't like someone who lies to children; after reading this you will feel differently. Dad, the narrator, has many admirable qualities. His love for his family is easily apparent, second only to his love for cookies. The last chapter was pretty perfect, a great way to end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I don't think I've giggled and laughed this much reading a book in a LONG time. Alex Shahla's writing is sarcastically amazing, witty, loving, and hysterical at times. As a parent we go through so many of the trials and tribulations.. Only to have them grow up and then what?!?!! I am so thankful I had the opportunity to read this and write a review. If you are looking for a quirky, fun, easy read.. I would highly recommend this!!! I don't think I've giggled and laughed this much reading a book in a LONG time. Alex Shahla's writing is sarcastically amazing, witty, loving, and hysterical at times. As a parent we go through so many of the trials and tribulations.. Only to have them grow up and then what?!?!! I am so thankful I had the opportunity to read this and write a review. If you are looking for a quirky, fun, easy read.. I would highly recommend this!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dun

    This book is a collection of letters from a fictional father to his now grown daughter and son. First few chapters were quite funny and I had a good laugh. Then the writing became over the top and each chapter got longer and longer. I stopped laughing and just stared at my screen awkwardly. DNF at 70%. I won an e-copy through Goodreads giveaway, thank you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s important to note that these are letters the author wrote from a fictional dad to his children. It is not a novel where you read about this family from the birth of Annabelle to her going off to college. It is letters where the dad tries to explain his side of various memories. They were funny. I read them a bit each morning with my coffee. They helped brighten up a year that has been tremendous. What stood out to me the most was the love this dad has for I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s important to note that these are letters the author wrote from a fictional dad to his children. It is not a novel where you read about this family from the birth of Annabelle to her going off to college. It is letters where the dad tries to explain his side of various memories. They were funny. I read them a bit each morning with my coffee. They helped brighten up a year that has been tremendous. What stood out to me the most was the love this dad has for his family. That might be lost in reading these letters. Some may think the dad is over the top or trying to hard for laughs. What I found was a dad who was being real. He was writing to his children in the way they would recognize him. He was telling them not only of his love for them but also his love for their mother. I found it very relatable. It reminded me of the Erma Bombeck books my mom had. I read those at 13, before having my own children. I remember enjoying them so much because they felt real. That is the feeling I had reading this book. This is a real, (but fictional), dad talking to his real, (but fictional), children. I loved reading this each day and am a bit sorry that I am at the end of the book. Read the book and enjoy his fictional memories. I’m sure you will laugh and you might even remember similar things that happened in your family. You might be inspired to write a letter or two to your own children. I am grateful to have won an electronic copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I voluntarily reviewed this book because I enjoyed it. I hope you do, too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    High Plains Library District

    I was sold on the first page. It’s hard to believe that the stories told within are completely fiction. From kissing minor injuries to make things feel better to the existence of prominent holiday figures, sometimes the lies we tell are to help our children fit better into society and other times it’s for more selfish reasons. But, regardless of the morality and intention, they all go into shaping our children's lives. Alex Shahla welcomes the reader to a behind the scenes commentary on parentin I was sold on the first page. It’s hard to believe that the stories told within are completely fiction. From kissing minor injuries to make things feel better to the existence of prominent holiday figures, sometimes the lies we tell are to help our children fit better into society and other times it’s for more selfish reasons. But, regardless of the morality and intention, they all go into shaping our children's lives. Alex Shahla welcomes the reader to a behind the scenes commentary on parenting and the lies parents (or other adults) tell their children. Shahla writes from the perspective of a dad writing a book to his children who have gone off to college. Each chapter is its own story, but they build on each other as new characters and turning points appear. The dad reveals his parenting fails and successes and moments of pain and joy with a good dose of humor. I can say no more about this book than that you should read it. Why? Because it is downright funny, relatable, and worth every second reading. You don’t have to read it all at once. Just a chapter here or a chapter there, on the bus or in the waiting room, there is a laugh to be had no matter how much you read of it or where you read it. However, as comedic as this book was for me, it may not fit everyone’s sense of humor. To me, the stories in the book were very much like stories told at my family reunions, so I found them relatable and realistic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy (The Pages In-Between)

    This book was hilarious. As a mom of four, I found that it was very easy to relate to. I've done the tooth fairy lie, the Santa Claus lie, Discouraging the desire to own a pet. and currently I am fighting the "I want a baby sister battle" with my youngest kids and now I find myself saying "How about a puppy?" haha! This is one cool dude, and I think it is genius that he had the idea to write a book like this. I loved the roller coaster emotions this book, the ha-ha moments, to the awwww moments.  This book was hilarious. As a mom of four, I found that it was very easy to relate to. I've done the tooth fairy lie, the Santa Claus lie, Discouraging the desire to own a pet. and currently I am fighting the "I want a baby sister battle" with my youngest kids and now I find myself saying "How about a puppy?" haha! This is one cool dude, and I think it is genius that he had the idea to write a book like this. I loved the roller coaster emotions this book, the ha-ha moments, to the awwww moments.  Which each chapter you learn something. As a parent you sacrifice things you want, or things you do, or things you need  in order to make your children's life the best that it can be. With raising kids you tell them the lies, to make them happy, to keep them safe, and sometimes just to make yourself feel better. "Lying to Children" hit the nail on the head with many of its chapters, and it's definitely a book I can pass on to parents who need a good hearty laugh. Thank you to Booksparks for sending me this book for the #popupblogtour 

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway this is how I felt.. and how it is written. ///Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love./// A nameless father writes to his children to tell them the truth behind the lies we tell our children, it was very funny, I really enjoyed it, the first time from this author. I would recommend it to anyone who is loo I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway this is how I felt.. and how it is written. ///Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love./// A nameless father writes to his children to tell them the truth behind the lies we tell our children, it was very funny, I really enjoyed it, the first time from this author. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Parents of grown children should read this for a laugh, cry, cringe! It will bring back memories in a good way. Then recommend the book to friends! Might make a fun book club read for the right group. I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Peravali

    A sweet book that goes over the top in regards to humor sometimes, but still manages to pass time with a warm glow. Disclaimer: This book was won in a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I won this ebook. It started off funny, but verged a bit over the top which took it down a bit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori Holuta

    I wasn't sure what I was getting into here, but I liked the title of the book - that probably says more than it should about me, but there it is. I thoroughly enjoyed *most* of the book. The first two chapters were amusing. 'It's a cute book', I thought. Then I read Chapter 4: If You Put A Tooth Under Your Pillow, a Magical Fairy Will Bring You Money. By the end of the chapter I was whooping with laughter and wondering if Dave Barry was feeling a twinge of insecurity. This guy was GOOD! My second I wasn't sure what I was getting into here, but I liked the title of the book - that probably says more than it should about me, but there it is. I thoroughly enjoyed *most* of the book. The first two chapters were amusing. 'It's a cute book', I thought. Then I read Chapter 4: If You Put A Tooth Under Your Pillow, a Magical Fairy Will Bring You Money. By the end of the chapter I was whooping with laughter and wondering if Dave Barry was feeling a twinge of insecurity. This guy was GOOD! My second favorite chapter was If You Eat Too Much Candy, Your Teeth Will Fall Out. I enjoyed the author's skill at taking a situation most people would understand and probably have experienced, and then blowing it up to gleeful levels of absurdity. The author maintained this peak of comedy antics until the last 5 chapters. Chapter 10: Those Are Daddy's Cookies was truly absurd, but somehow the spirit of the adventure had changed from that of the previous 9 chapters. The humor felt darker, the dad had slipped into serious, dark despair. I wasn't laughing any longer. I continued reading, but the book never did get back to its earlier energy and style. Instead, we'd gone hyper-sentimental, maudlin, and spent too much time on unimportant details (especially in The Enemy Of Your Enemy Is Still Your Enemy). I'm happy to have read the book, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have stopped after Chapter 9. Perhaps those last 5 chapters will resonate better with parents - I'm childless myself. My thanks to the Author, Alex Shahla and Goodreads for gifting me with a free digital copy of the book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would! I laughed out loud so much!! And I also was very touched by the tenderness displayed by the author in the last 3 chapters. My favorite chapters were: #1, #3, #6, #7, #13, #14 #15. At first I though this was based upon a true story as much of the writing seemed very realistic. Then I found out it was written by a young man in his late twenties! He admits to having a lot of help from parents, friends, etc. At times, the author seemed extreme I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would! I laughed out loud so much!! And I also was very touched by the tenderness displayed by the author in the last 3 chapters. My favorite chapters were: #1, #3, #6, #7, #13, #14 #15. At first I though this was based upon a true story as much of the writing seemed very realistic. Then I found out it was written by a young man in his late twenties! He admits to having a lot of help from parents, friends, etc. At times, the author seemed extremely immature and selfish, but some Dads are like that! I really related to the overall theme that most parents love their children, they only want the best for them, and feel quite an emptiness when the children start to leave the nest. I remember how I felt the first time my son moved away to attend college in San Diego. I was a divorced mother of two teens at the time. I really missed my son and he didn't phone much the first semester, except when he was in need of money or food! He did come home for holidays with piles of laundry too! Just like the author wrote about! haha! This book was a perfect antidote to the trying times we are living in. I needed humor and I got it in spades!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Books

    3.5 stars I rounded up to 4. Lying to Children is basically a father writing letters to his now college aged children. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments and times where you say yep that was me but then there are times were it seems like dad goes a little bit over the top. There are so many moments in a child’s life that you would like to tell them things about who you were and what you became and why. The sacrifices you made for them, believing the things you did were in their bes 3.5 stars I rounded up to 4. Lying to Children is basically a father writing letters to his now college aged children. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments and times where you say yep that was me but then there are times were it seems like dad goes a little bit over the top. There are so many moments in a child’s life that you would like to tell them things about who you were and what you became and why. The sacrifices you made for them, believing the things you did were in their best interest. The times you wanted to say yes you’re a whiny spoiled brat. There were definitely times where I just wanted to skip over places because I did start to get bored and the story was a bit over the top and read like a sitcom. Overall I thought the book was ok but isn’t one I’ll read again. The writing is good and like I said there were definitely some laugh out loud moments which made it a worth while read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A funny, tongue in cheek compilation of stories about the lies we tell our children. As a recent empty-nester, I found myself reflecting back on all those times as a parent, being put on the spot, and trying desperately to find a way out. One chapter brought back a memory of my daughter asking me about a client (I work from home and she overheard a whole phone conversation and then my blood curdling scream afterward out of frustration), why did I work with him if I didn't like him. Oh, if things A funny, tongue in cheek compilation of stories about the lies we tell our children. As a recent empty-nester, I found myself reflecting back on all those times as a parent, being put on the spot, and trying desperately to find a way out. One chapter brought back a memory of my daughter asking me about a client (I work from home and she overheard a whole phone conversation and then my blood curdling scream afterward out of frustration), why did I work with him if I didn't like him. Oh, if things were only so simple! This would be a great gift for any parent whose kids are heading off to college.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I had entered because it sounded like it might be interesting. I am soooo glad I won it! I laughed out loud many, many times (even in public!). The humor was right up my alley. I told many people about it even before I was finished. The last few chapters/stories were more on the touching side than the humorous side (although they had their moments). I think this was because the stories were from when the children were older (teenagers). I enjoyed this deb I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I had entered because it sounded like it might be interesting. I am soooo glad I won it! I laughed out loud many, many times (even in public!). The humor was right up my alley. I told many people about it even before I was finished. The last few chapters/stories were more on the touching side than the humorous side (although they had their moments). I think this was because the stories were from when the children were older (teenagers). I enjoyed this debut novel and would be interested to see what he comes up with next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Funny and touching I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was a little anxious starting it because it’s a humor book about being a dad. I’m a mom and know that often dads just think they’re funny. But they’re really not. This dad is funny. I laughed out loud a lot. Teared up some but mostly laughed. Don’t stop with this book Alex. Bring on the next one!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie M.

    Humorous for parents I won this book in the giveaway. It was a fun read especially for me since I am a parent who just sent her only son to college. It made me chuckle a few times. I would recommend it to parents of grown children. It was a good look back at what we parents do for our children as they grow up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book was really funny, I can’t believe it’s the author’s first book! Sign me up right now for the next one! What I found really amazing is that every single chapter had a plot twist that you could not see coming! I recommend it to all parents and people that have parents. P.S. I won this book on Goodreads Firstreads, but it’s totally worth buying, it’s that funny!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I really loved this book. (And I'm not just saying that because I FINALLY won a Goodreads book giveaway.) I am a parent at the same point as the author - one has just left for college leaving me feeling nostalgic, so proud of her, anxious that she's taking care of herself some 600 miles away from me, and sad for me - and my other child is at the end of high school looking for where she can go to get far away from me. And we've told the same lies and felt the same overwhelming love for our childr I really loved this book. (And I'm not just saying that because I FINALLY won a Goodreads book giveaway.) I am a parent at the same point as the author - one has just left for college leaving me feeling nostalgic, so proud of her, anxious that she's taking care of herself some 600 miles away from me, and sad for me - and my other child is at the end of high school looking for where she can go to get far away from me. And we've told the same lies and felt the same overwhelming love for our children. I'll probably read this one again one day as it affirms all those parental feelings that you wonder if you should be having!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I guess this was suppose to be funny, but it ended up being just some dude rambling about one thing, then not finishing the thought, and going off into another thing. The "dad" is just the worse always complaining about this and that and the situations are way absurd that it was not believable at all. *Received in goodreads giveaway* I guess this was suppose to be funny, but it ended up being just some dude rambling about one thing, then not finishing the thought, and going off into another thing. The "dad" is just the worse always complaining about this and that and the situations are way absurd that it was not believable at all. *Received in goodreads giveaway*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Dee

    Lying to Children is a funny book. Unfortunately the way it is written, I had a hard time staying interested. Each chapter could stand alone as a short story. As one other review says, it is like reading someone's stand up comedy set. Lying to Children is a funny book. Unfortunately the way it is written, I had a hard time staying interested. Each chapter could stand alone as a short story. As one other review says, it is like reading someone's stand up comedy set.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Not funny... I received a free copy through Goodreads giveaways.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nichole J

    To start I received a free copy of this from a giveaway for a honest review. The synopsis for this book was spot on and comedy easily rolled from Shahlas pen. I enjoyed laughter to the point of tears from cover to cover. Anyone who has children or ever was a child can enjoy the stories Shahla weaves! I recommend this book for anyone who wants a good laugh…or to be transported back to a much simpler time before work and bills. I was all in my feels while reading Lying to Children. Whether I was f To start I received a free copy of this from a giveaway for a honest review. The synopsis for this book was spot on and comedy easily rolled from Shahlas pen. I enjoyed laughter to the point of tears from cover to cover. Anyone who has children or ever was a child can enjoy the stories Shahla weaves! I recommend this book for anyone who wants a good laugh…or to be transported back to a much simpler time before work and bills. I was all in my feels while reading Lying to Children. Whether I was feeling nostalgic for my childhood or reminiscing of my son’s younger years. I thought this book was absolutely incredible and beautifully written. I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends.

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