I've Had It Up to Here with Teenagers [NOOK Book]

Overview

“For years and years of relatively smooth-sailing childhood, my kids followed my directives,” writes Melinda Rainey Thompson. “If I said, ‘Let’s go swimming!’ they fled down the hall to pull on their swimsuits, shedding their clothes along the way. If I said, ‘So sorry, the mall is closed today,’ they didn’t doubt my pronouncement for a moment—even if the parking lot was crammed.”

And now that her kids are mostly grown?

“I was good with ...
See more details below
I've Had It Up to Here with Teenagers

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price

Overview

“For years and years of relatively smooth-sailing childhood, my kids followed my directives,” writes Melinda Rainey Thompson. “If I said, ‘Let’s go swimming!’ they fled down the hall to pull on their swimsuits, shedding their clothes along the way. If I said, ‘So sorry, the mall is closed today,’ they didn’t doubt my pronouncement for a moment—even if the parking lot was crammed.”

And now that her kids are mostly grown?

“I was good with babies. Teenagers—not so much,” Thompson admits. “I don’t get many hugs anymore. Any I do get are inevitably instigated by me while they stand there like martyrs tied to a stake. Recently, when I was the rare recipient of a spontaneous hug from my seventeen-year-old, I got so excited I dropped the basket of chocolate-chip muffins in my hands. I was anxious to hug back while it was still on offer. It was totally worth the muffin loss.”

Thompson’s three teenagers bury her under an Everest of laundry. They send her for groceries so often that she once heard a store employee cry, “Incoming!” They leave such a quantity of half-eaten sandwiches around their rooms as to provide a buffet for roaches. They complain for hours about 10-minute chores. They spend their parents’ money like it magically regenerates and hoard their own like it’s the last dose of the elixir of life.

To put it another way, they’re typical teens.

In her inimitable style, Thompson makes I’ve Had It Up to Here with Teenagers both a humorous rant against teens and a celebration of seeing them rise from the ashes of battle to become well-adjusted, responsible humans. “Parental love is fierce and illogical,” she writes. “I think it is the strongest force on earth. It trumps everything, thank God: sleepless nights, hard stadium seats, endless recitals, broken hearts, losing seasons, throw-up viruses, bad grades, poor choices, and everything else life throws at teenagers and their parents.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013906143
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 880,185
  • File size: 328 KB

Meet the Author

Melinda Rainey Thompson will always be “from” the small town of Greenville, Alabama, even though she lived in Birmingham for the twenty-five years and now resides in Homewood, Alabama. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Tulane University, where she was a Kappa Kappa
Gamma, and an MA in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a member of Birmingham-Southern College’s English faculty from 1988 to 1994. In August 1999, Melinda began writing and publishing The SWAG Letter, which continued for the next four years. Since then, she has published two books of her essay collections: SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully (2006) and The SWAG Life (2007). Her first book, SWAG, graced the SIBA best-seller list for 17 weeks in a row. I Love You--Now Hush (cowritten with Morgan Murphy) was a 2010 ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year winner and a 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist, both in the Humor category.

Melinda is married to Bill Thompson, a judge on Alabama’s Court of Civil Appeals. They have three children (Warner, Nat, and Lily), 10 fish that were supposed to die by now, and an 18-year-old cat that refuses to go into the light.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    This woman must have been following me and my family around. I

    This woman must have been following me and my family around. I have two teenagers and can totally relate to this book. Teenagers are a blessing and a curse rolled up into one. They can be surly one minute and sweet as sugar the next. I am glad to see that I can laugh along with the author at the problems shared by all of us in this stage of life.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Ok book

    I found this book OK. Just OK.
    It was more about the rantings of the parent of a teenager and how SHE would handle problems that come with the territory.
    If you are hoping to find deep insight into the mind of teens or how they should be handled, maybe this book isn't for you.
    If you are looking for a few giggles, maybe this book will do.
    I found Mrs. Rainey's sense of humor funny at first but the more I read, the more tedious I found the read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 29, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book. Melinda's quick wit, straight for

    I absolutely loved this book. Melinda's quick wit, straight forward talk and entertaining stories had me feeling like a normal mom by the time I was done with the book. Melinda tells it like it is: mean mamas of the world unite. In this book we learn the trials and tribulations of raising teenagers, it is a hard job but somebody has to do it. I learned about the rooms, clothing choices, curfews, dinners, driving and attitudes of teenagers. I feel justified in my mothering skills; its nice to know that mothers of teenagers can feel a kinship. I would highly recommend this book to all of my friends with teenagers. I give it 5 stars!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)