“NOTE: First of all I would just like to say I encourage readers to read the book (Maybe not buy it...) themselves regardless of my positive or negative review.
I would like to say that I enjoyed this book MUCH more as an audio book. Tyler Perry revives his hysterical character Madea on this audio book and all her mannerisms, accents, and euphuisms are all here in full comedic force. I encourage everyone to get this as an audio book because it makes the lessons and the entire book take on an entire different level.
REVIEW: If you haven’t guessed already this book is filled with advice. Madea is a solid black women with life experience, pistol packing experience, family troubles, and a mouth that doesn’t mince words. She’s here with her own book ready to tell everyone black, white, or otherwise what she thinks and why. This book is defiantly a must for Madea fans because she does include a lot of her back story and miscellaneous facts about herself which are generally touched upon throughout Tyler Perry’s plays. I have seen all the Tyler Perry play DVD’s and most of his movies. Some I have enjoyed and some I have not, but regardless I am very fond of his Madea character.
Although the obvious audience for this book is African American, anyone with open ears can really benefit from this book because it’s filled with solid advice. Even if you aren’t the type to enjoy advice books you can really enjoy listening to the audio book if you like to laugh. I would say this is a book that leans more on the women side of things, so men might not laugh or like this as much as ladies will. Some of Madea’s advice includes, but is not limited to, “How to kill kids before they kill you first,” “Advice for Single Mothers,” “Hip-Hop Music,” and “Menopause AKA Men all pause.”
Frank and open discussions on touchy issues such as teenage promiscuity and parenting are all here as well. Her grammar isn’t perfect and her methods may be beyond the reasoning of some, but Madea is all honesty, which makes her statements understandable and all the more amusing. Here’s a sample: “Too many people now a days want to be friends with their children. When your child starts bringing money into the house, paying bills, and starts telling you its okay for you to retire and relax….well…then you can be friends with your children! I think it was Dr. Phil who said, ‘Negotiate with your children.’ Now as I understand it to have a successful negotiation two parties have to have something the other party wants to have, am I right? So let me evaluate this. If I am negotiating with my child what THE HELL do they have to negotiate with!? I am paying all the bills, putting food on the table and clothes on them. What does that child have as a bargaining chip? Just to behave right? Hell-to-the-no, your going to do right anyway.”
This is one of those books that made me laugh, which is always good because I love to have a good chuckle. In all honesty I couldn’t take all of Madea’s advice because some of it just wasn’t for me (and some of it is just intended to be silly) but I enjoyed listening to it all the same. She has some great points of interest, fascinating solutions, and just great sound advice. If you want to live, learn, and have fun take some time out and listen to this audio book, you will not regret it!”
I also preferred it as an audio book! It was better in Tyler's voice!