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For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career...

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things--to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She's as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn's suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don't fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her ...

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For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career...

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things--to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She's as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn's suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don't fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is. The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - Regis Schilken
“…Dramatic adventure... If you are a reader who enjoys love stories, who likes tales where courage and spirit might just conquer all, then Love and Other Subjects is the book for you.” Midwest Book Review and BlogCritics
Melissa's blog - Melissa Foster
“Kathleen Shoop understands the passions of love, life, and career that every young woman faces. Love and Other Subjects will touch your heart, make you laugh, and leave you wanting more. You'll feel like you're reading about your best friends. Highly recommended.” Internationally Bestselling author, Melissa Foster
A Novel Review - Charlotte Lynn
“I highly recommend Love and Other Subjects. It is easy, fun, witty, and eye opening to some of the everyday problems teachers have to deal with. The ending was the best. LOVED IT!” Charlotte Lynn for A Novel Review
Chick Lit Central - Jami Deise
“The classroom scenes and political struggles at Lincoln Elementary feel heartbreakingly real.” Jami Deise—Chick Lit Central
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615724966
  • Publisher: Oakglen Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2012
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 676,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Shoop is an author and educator who has worked with teachers for over twenty years. She writes historical and women's fiction. Her first novel, The Last Letter (Kindle bestseller), won a Gold Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards and her second novel, After the Fog, won Silver the next year. Kathleen has also contributed stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life. Kathleen lives with her husband and two children in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Fun, romantic read!

    I laughed, I cried, I loved this book! It was fun, light, had a great storyline and was an overall easy read. I could see everything happening in this book like a movie. The people were so real and the emotions so raw, that it was like they were in the room with me. Loved it!! Highly recommend!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    It's her first year of teaching and things just aren't going wel

    It's her first year of teaching and things just aren't going well for Carolyn Jenkins. With a class full of kids who can barely read their own name and a principal who is out to get her, Carolyn is struggling. Also stuck in a relationship that should have ended long ago, Carolyn needs to make some changes. Then she meets a mysterious man and things really start to get crazy. Their relationship is filled with ups and downs, and things between her and her friends are becoming strained as well. Carolyn is finally forced to take a stand and find out what she really wants and who she really is. 




    I loved Carolyn immediately. She is quirky, spunky and full of energy. She had very quick wit and wasn't afraid to use it. I just know that we would make excellent friends. Carolyn worked very hard and loved her students, even though they didn't seem to care much about her. She teaches in a dangerous area and even her young students are fighting and bringing weapons to school. 




    As if this is all Carolyn's fault, she is constantly being reprimanded and ridiculed by her boss, the principal, Klein. He seems out to get her. Everything she does is wrong and he makes sure to let her know on a daily basis. My word I just could not stand him. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see him finally get what he had coming. I don't know how Carolyn could handle it, I would have punched him within a day.




    Aside from her work life, Carolyn lived with her two fellow teachers Nina and Laura. I liked them for the most part, although I don't think they were as supportive of Carolyn as they could have been. Of course, friends fight and argue and sometimes they say things they shouldn't. This made for some interesting drama and I really enjoyed watching the group's dynamics and how they interacted.




    My favorite part of this story was, of course, the romance. When Carolyn meets her mysterious man known to us as "Money", things take a hilarious turn. What I loved about Carolyn most was that she is awkward and it shows the most when around Money. She can't seem to stop saying and doing ridiculous things and this makes for the best scenes. 




    Basically what I'm saying here is: this book is awesome. It's not just funny, but it also tackles some very important issues including racism, education and stereotypes. I'm being completely honest when I tell you that I couldn't put this book down and I often found the husband staring at me and wondering why I was giggling to myself. The author did an amazing job writing about heavy topics while keeping the story light and realistic. 




    I can't recommend this book enough. If you are looking for an engaging, clever and witty read, this is definitely it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Adorable

    This book was adorable. I couldn't help but finish it in one sitting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    This was another book that I just did not want to put down! I lo

    This was another book that I just did not want to put down! I loved every part of the book, including the “other subjects” as well as the love part! It didn’t take me long to get into the book & fall in love with Money! This is one that I will be adding to my “read again” list!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    A Story About Embracing Growth and Change As we grow and mature

    A Story About Embracing Growth and Change

    As we grow and mature, the relationships that we are in go through some changes. Sometimes those we thought we would be the best of friends with forever and a day slowly (or sometimes quickly) drift away. There are times when we have an "ah-ha" moment and have to ask ourselves, "Why in the world am I in this relationship / friendship?"

    That seemed to be a resounding theme in Love and Other Subjects. The main character, Carolyn, and her duo of friends all grow and learn things about themselves during their first year as teachers in an inner-city school. Taking into consideration that her first school is led by a principal who clearly has his own set of internal issues and is far from capable of leading a school or a staff, Carolyn has a lot on her plate during this stage of growth and change in her life.

    Of course, love plays a big part in Love and Other Subjects. The characters all learn important lessons about love - the sacrifices and compromises we make, letting go and growing together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review My first impression when I sat do

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    My first impression when I sat down to read this story was joy that it is a novel! My 2nd impression was, I love Carolyn! She is goofy, struggling with her career, and a bit socially awkward. I'm VERY socially awkward and I can't seem to figure out what I want to do with myself. Granted, she knew she wanted to be a teacher who makes a difference, but between the students and the principal, she was struggling through her first year.

    "I made people laugh. Not because I was witty, but because I was ridiculous." - Carolyn in Love and Other Subjects.

    When the story started, I kept waiting for her to quit and find a new career. She didn't seem to be a good fit, and she kept butting heads with Klein, the principal. She'd have to deal with him and then her students would do something horrifying. The stress she was under, I just gained so much respect for this character because she never gave up. She had a goal, and fought for it.

    One evening, after having been shot in the foot with a BB gun, she met Jeep (aka Money). He was handsome and his very touch sent shock-waves through her body. She felt a "soul-slip"; which I think is the least cheesy soul-mate thing ever. But even this isn't perfect. They both keep messing up, too stubborn. I'll give him credit, he was very sweet and natural with her.

    It's also really funny in many parts. Yes, crude, but I couldn't help but snort-laugh when she woke herself with very loud farts during her first sleep-over with Jeep. You end up wanting what's best for her, but who knows what that is? You just have to keep reading. I was nearly late for work last night, I just had to finish! lol

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    ¿Learning and Love 101¿¿ In this latest work of Ms. Shoop, we



    “Learning and Love 101…”

    In this latest work of Ms. Shoop, we are introduced to Carolyn Jenkins, who has taken a position at a school on the D.C/Maryland border, which is world’s apart from her teaching experience in Pittsburgh, Pa. She now has a class comprised of half fifth graders and half sixth graders. Just because their age denotes the class to which they are assigned, does not mean they are academically prepared for its challenges. Carolyn’s class is a wild mix of personalities, from the girls who are 11-12--going on 30, and the boys, some of whom want to express their personal philosophies without appearing weak, while some bookish souls relish in turning the classroom quiet into a center of debate with their opinions of life, love and religion. All have one thing in common, they want to break out of their surroundings, packing their hopes and dreams and running away from the area’s defeating decay and the gangs who inhabit it. It is difficult enough to hold their attention and make some progress in learning—but when wild card with a soul, LeAndre Nardo gets in a tussle with a hot-tempered classmate and produces 2 guns, one which fires, hitting Carolyn’s booted foot, all hell breaks loose. Snarky, slimy Principal Klein had not been supportive prior to this incident and now is increasingly nasty, degrading and super critical—blaming and writing Carolyn up for every minor detail, including not turning her classroom lights on in the afternoon when she struggles to inspire and equip her students for their future, especially in their reading and comprehending skills. Depressed and discouraged, Carolyn decided to forego meeting roommates Nina and Laura at “The Green Turtle” and finds herself seated on a stool at a dive bar named “The Tuna”. She accidentally meets a distinguished-looking gentleman who she secretly nicknames “Money”. Something between them clicks, but there is the matter of her supposed boyfriend Alex to contend with. She has been meaning to break up with him as she knows they are not right for each other. Alex is looking for a “Martha Stewart Wannabe” and that is just not her! Will she break up with Alex, with “Money” taking his place? The author has captured the zany characters so you will feel like you know them and will want to slap Klein “Upside his head”, shake some sense into Fionna, make a chain out of snoopy Bobby Jo’s paper clips , will discover some surprises about Nina and Laura and want to take the struggling Carolyn under your wing and give her encouragement and appreciation. You will howl over the “slip” and the green bottle gift as well as grit your teeth over the six sisters named Mary. In the midst of the craziness, Carolyn takes a stand that the stodgy and staid curriculum does not work for all and pursues her own version . We need more Carolyns in this country of ours—individuals who truly care about the students for the individuals they are and what they require to succeed, and less pressure from administrations and unions. The author has based classroom/school parts of this volume on her own teaching experiences. I’m betting you’ll give this book the “Lincoln Thumbs-Up”, so be sure to add it to your TBR list.
    Nancy Narma

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

     Carolyn Jenkins wants only to find true love and be a great tea

     Carolyn Jenkins wants only to find true love and be a great teacher.  She struggles with both.  Carolyn teaches at a school where guns and violence occur often and the students struggle in every subject.    But she refuses to give-up on her students and goes above and beyond to help them learn.  Carolyn’s love life seems to take off when she meets Jeep (yes, his real name), but of course it can’t be easy.   When Carolyn meet.
    Jeep’s six sisters, all named Mary, the relationship heads towards failure.




    I started this book just after the school shooting in Connecticut and was not sure I could finish it.  The first chapter has a young boy pulling a gun on a fellow classmate.  I then decided I would read a little bit farther to see where it would head hoping for the best.  I finished it and am so glad that I stuck with it.
    This is a romance story, but more of a story of a new teacher who goes above and beyond to let her students succeed without forcing them to give up who they are.   Every student she has in her classroom has an issue.  The issues go from parents who have drug problems to not being able to read.  With every issue Carolyn’s strong will and strength shine through.  I also enjoyed seeing Carolyn learn to relate and understand the students better after she visits every students house.




    Of course, there is Carolyn and Jeep’s romance.  I wasn’t sure at first if this would be a relationship or a one night stand.  When it turned into a true relationship I was thrilled.   I was also glad when she kicked him to the curb when his psychotic sisters made fun of her and he sided with them not sticking up for her.  The ending was the best. LOVED IT!




    I highly recommend Love and Other Subjects.  It is easy, fun, witty, and eye opening to some of the everyday problems teachers have to deal with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read. I would definit

    I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read. I would definitely read other books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    just awful

    I did not like this book at all, I could get into the characters and the love story was poorly developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    When I started reading this book, I didn¿t know what to expect.

    When I started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect.  I was hoping for an interesting book, that held my attention, and
     begged me to keep reading and not put it down. That is exactly what happened.  I finished this book in less than 5 hours.  I had
    to keep reading to find out if the Carolyn found love, if she found her place in the world, and if she had success in the classroom.

    There were three main stories in this book for Carolyn- her love life, her professional life, and her personal relationships with friends
    and family.  Each story is interwoven into the others.  It takes almost the whole book for her to find the right path in all three of her
    stories.

    I really identified with Carolyn.  I felt so much compassion for her during her struggles with her relationships and her feelings
    of insecurity.  I cried several times for her while reading this book.  I could clearly feel how she felt unsuccessful, unloved, unworthy,
    and out of place.  My heart ached for her and wanted everything to turn out happy in the end.

    I have to touch on her love interest, Jeep.  He seemed almost too good to be true.  You wanted to like him and believe that he
    was the real thing.  I just had to root for them and hope for their happily ever after.  Thankfully, he turned out to be the real deal!

    The only thing I was unhappy with was that this book had to end.  I wanted to keep reading and continue to follow Carolyn
    on her journey.  I am thrilled the author did not leave me hanging and answered any questions I had.   Carolyn found her happiness
     and her place in this world.  If there is a sequel, I am all over it!!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Carolyn, the main character of the book, kind of reminded myself

    Carolyn, the main character of the book, kind of reminded myself of me just a little bit. She is so very unorganized, just like me. She is unsure of herself most of the time, as am I. She wants to help people, especially her students bur she feels like she is unprepared and doesn't exactly know what to do. That is why I loved this book so much. I could relate to it so much. And I love that when I am reading a book.

    The relationships in the book were real and easy to relate to. I felt like this could be a book of nonfiction because all of the people felt real to me. The relationship that Carolyn had with her students and colleagues, the relationship that Carolyn had with her two best friends, the relationships she had with Alex and Jeep. They were all so well-written and so very real to me. But most of all, the relationship Carolyn had with herself. Her second guessing, her timidness, yet she never gave up and always did what she could to help her students and to make them better.

    This book was very interesting to me. It was hard for me to put down. I had to know how it would end. I was intrigued from word one. It is a very good book. Full of drama, friendships, love, humor and just a great story. I urge you to check it out. You will not be disappointed

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    This is the story of a brand new teacher attempting to find her

    This is the story of a brand new teacher attempting to find her way in an inner city school. The principal is a guy from literally hell who really gives her a tough time. The kids-well-lets just say they are a challenge until she finally figures out how to reach them. She lives with 2 other teachers who are her best friends-and sometimes her worst enemies. Carolyn Jenkins needs to find herself!

    When Carolyn meets up with an older man in a bar one evening she is in love-but doesn't trust herself enough. She does get rid of the boyfriend of many years thankfully. She meets his six nutty as fruitcake sisters and breaks up with Mr. Right but is miserable. One of her roomies is now engaged and she is not talking to the other. Can anything go right in her life?

    YES-and if you are sentimental (which I am) tears should be flowing at the happy ending. I read this book very quickly-I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Kathleen Shoop has written a book which will resonate with many readers on many different levels. 5 Star-Definitely!

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    I LOVED this book. The beginning was a bit emotional for me, for

    I LOVED this book. The beginning was a bit emotional for me, for a variety of reasons, involving an incident with a gun at a school. As the parent of school aged children, this issue always hits close to home, and I was an education major in college, and had a student bring a gun to school. Reading a book about a teacher in an underprivileged school, similar to the one I did my student teaching in, made the book quite personal for me. I loved how the author wove in the details of how many students spend so much time learning strategies in college that just aren’t practical or applicable in real life teaching experiences. Sometimes the best teachers are those who are able to navigate the classroom and the school politics to really make a difference in the lives of students that REALLY need that in their life. I felt like the main character, Carolyn, was quite successful at that, as hard as it was for her to get through. The book made me laugh out loud, and I enjoyed the romantic tales that were woven in. Once I started this book, I just could not put it down. It’s an easy read and made me go look for a sequel. I want to keep following Carolyn’s life, I really hope there’s another Carolyn story in the pipeline :)

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    This book had me intrigued from the beginning. Carolyn is a teac

    This book had me intrigued from the beginning. Carolyn is a teacher and she is fighting a what seems to be losing battle with her boss.  Carolyn wishes to see changes and she takes control of what must be done. The principal is a no-gooder who is no help when it comes to her awful students that she has to deal with on an everyday basis. They are just so nasty to her. I think I would lose my wits about me! Oh and the story gets deeper as Carolyn truly starts to show her true colors and the humor doesn’t hurt either. I was happy that the romance part of the novel was kept very PG-13. Even though there was kissing, there was no sex. This makes it so even a younger reader could have the possibility of enjoying Kathleen Shoop’s work just as much as I do.
    The characters are very believable and this was just one of those stories where I just wanted to be transported into the pages. The dialogue was great and the character dynamics together were incredible. This is a rare one when it comes to romance that is light and heavy at the same time. It is a very pleasurable read and I recommend it to anyone looking for just that. It seems I have been reading a lot of self discovery novels lately and I have been falling in love with them. This story sucks you right in with it’s characters, humor, and terrific interactions in the scenes. It will not disappoint you! I promise!
    I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Love and Other Subjects is a wonderful read for all the independ

    Love and Other Subjects is a wonderful read for all the independent and strong woman out there. This book will teach everyone the importance of making choices into our lives. It will make us realize that we can always change the course of our lives if we just learn to gather all the strength in us and use it to make positive changes. It will encourage us to be face whatever adversities that may come into our lives and just do everything we can to survive them all. For Ms. Jenkins, giving up is never an option. The amazing part of the book is when she found her true love after all that she have been through! 

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Awesome Romance can be found in Love and Other Subjects by Kathl

    Awesome Romance can be found in Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop
    Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop begins with Carolyn’s struggles as a teacher. Her boss makes the reader feel that he is somewhat determined to put an end to her career while in the midst of growing classroom violence. Carolyn wishes to see changes and she takes control of what must be done.
    I did have a few laughs when Miss FBI (Carolyn) meets Mr. Money (Jeep) (as if) Then she shows him her bullet wound to prove that she is working for the FBI. The way she felt for him was really what hooked me into finishing the story.
    Carolyn has a great sense of humor, at least, I thought so. Some lines were just superb. I mean, like, when a man lies beside a woman causing her insides to flip out of her body – that has to be some awesome guy. No matter how many kisses do happen, there is no sex. At some point, it kept me thinking even more. Nina and Laura had nice lines in this story. I found that it there is a nice flow in the story with me smiling at many of the scenes.  The dialogue is well put together. The ending is great. I recommend this book for the great pleasure in reading something that could be real on this planet but rare when it comes to romance.




    Adriana LG

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    This book starts off with a bang (for those that have read it al

    This book starts off with a bang (for those that have read it already, you know get it, right?) and just keeps getting better. I love that the character, Carolyn, feels so believable. I know that I would feel the same way if I were just starting out as a teacher dealing with some troubled students, a nasty piece of work for a principal. And, oh!, that secretary or receptionist, whatever she is. Now she is a real winner. She made me hate her right from the moment she walked into the room.




    Kathleen Shoop is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her characters are all multi-layered and believable, her books always have such heart in them, and her writing just flows along so easily, effortlessly carrying the reader along to the end.




    I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about the struggle to find your own place in the world. The struggle of trying to define yourself and discover who you want to be. To anyone that loves engaging stories, lovable characters, hilarious happenings, and terrific writing, then this book is for you.




    Disclosure: I received a copy of the ebook free for review purposes. Regardless, all opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    Carolyn Jenkins is a character I can relate to ¿ she leads a rea

    Carolyn Jenkins is a character I can relate to … she leads a real life with everyday routine as well as highs and lows. She has her ideals and dreams, yet she has to deal with reality.
    Personally, I was more drawn into the “Other Subjects” of the storyline than the “Love” portion.
    I was interested in her passion of learning how to be effective in this inner city school while coming from a suburban background. I liked how the author addressed the interracial relationships between the roommates and the students. I feel Carolyn showed her true calling as a teacher in finding techniques that fit her student’s needs instead of just following the prescribed one size fits all approach.
    I also liked hearing the witty, sometimes hilarious, “dialogue” in her head as she worked through issues and eventually matured in her personal relationships with her roommates, her parents and her boyfriends.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

    I really, really enjoyed this book. From the beginning it caught

    I really, really enjoyed this book. From the beginning it caught me, since my younger self wanted to be a teacher. I can totally see myself in Carolyn, a teacher who believes she can change the world by teaching and finds herself struggling just to survive each day. She's both tormented and ignored by her students, and the Principal makes her life completely miserable. She's drifting from her best friends and she meets a man (the Love part of the title).

    Honestly, while I enjoyed the romantic angle of the story, it was the quirky, bumbling life of Carolyn that caught me and kept me. It's a great read, and it will make you look at your own life with a little more humor.

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