Book launch: Melinda Rainey Thompson, author of “I’ve Had It Up to Here with Teenagers”

Are your teens driving you crazy? Then join Melinda Rainey Thompson at her book launch in Homewood, Alabama, this week:

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.”

You’ll find printed copies of this book’s reading guide at the launch event. (It’s perfect for book clubs!) If you can’t see the invitation above, here are the details:

Thursday, March 2, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alabama Booksmith
2626 19th Place South
Homewood, AL 35209

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