If you read the book S*** My Dad Says, you know just how hilarious Justin Halpern’s father is. I Suck at Girls is Halpern’s hysterically funny follow-up to the book that exploded in popularity a couple of years ago and spawned a TV series starring William Shatner.
This memoir focuses more on Justin’s experiences with women than his father, but Mr. Halpern’s influence is there every step of the way with the witty vernacular that made him famous. Halpern details walking in on his parents, his first kiss, his disappointing prom night, his first real girlfriend, being chased by hobos, and making the decision to get engaged to the love of his life. The result is a memoir so honest and unbelievably funny that you will literally laugh out loud. Halpern’s dad also proves himself to be an amateur philosophist once again, with advice like “What I’m saying to you is, don’t do something, or not do something, to punish someone because you think they did something dumb. Do what you want to do, because it’s what you want to do. Also, bring me a grapefruit from the kitchen and some salt and pepper.”
This book is as hilarious as Halpern’s first. The language can be rated R at times, so if that’s a deal-breaker it might be best to skip this book. However, this raw honesty is what makes Halpern’s writing what it is and what makes his dad so inadvertantly witty. If you loved S*** My Dad Says, this second book is definitely worth the trip to the bookstore. Our only complaint is that it’s too short and you’ll be begging for more of Halpern’s anecdotes as soon as the final page is turned.