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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Comedian, actress and activist, Jenny McCarthy can now add New York Times bestselling author to her list of accomplishments. She had me laughing out loud as I listened to her book, Bad Habits. Jenny was raised as a Roman Catholic and shares a variety of stories concerning her relationship with the church. Jenny was only six years old when she decided she preferred going to church without underwear. What ensues is a laugh out loud moment. Ms. McCarthy must have given many a nun gray hair with her constant questions. Jenny found it difficult to accept things at face value; she wanted to know why and how. Her elementary education was funny but her college life was hilarious. I’m still trying to figure out how she was not arrested for the illegal parking passes. Through all of her antics, her heart is good. She wanted to pay off her parents' bills and take care of them.
I really enjoyed the anecdotes in Bad Habits. Jenny McCarthy is a great story teller. While most of this book is funny, there are also parts that show Jenny’s maturity and loving nature. When Pickles, the dog, became ill and Jenny takes it to the vet to put her down, I was saddened. My heart was warmed when she sang Christmas carols to gather enough money to buy a Christmas present for her parents. Jenny McCarthy is a very talented person. She writes in a conversational style. I truly felt as if I was sitting across from her as she recounted tales from her life. My copy of Bad Habits is an audio book; it is read by Tavia Gilbertf. She actually sounds as if she is telling the tales rather than reading them. Kudos, Ms. McCarthy, I love your book.