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Mammy Banter: TikTok made me buy it! The most funny Sunday Times bestselling debut novel about motherhood you’ll read this year

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Thank you to Harper Collins and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

My daily entertainment at the minute, comes from Mammy Banter – relatable, funny, comedy sketches created by Derry mother Serena Terry. This was more real; this was me saying, ‘I’m not doing great, my kids are doing my head in and my life is upside down’. But parts of this novel actually just built my anxiety; Maybe this is just me and I am just hypersensitive and could relate strongly to the scenarios that Tara was going through. It’s a work of fiction packed full of the relatable humour you’ll already know and love, if you’re a fan like I am.In addition to her work on TikTok and two books, Terry has made a cameo for the Channel 4 series Derry Girls as an RUC officer, [6] a public speaking session in Belfast to talk about "resilience, mental health and online trolls" [4] and a stand-up in Edinburgh.

te Before Christmas, Tara wants a perfect Christmas for her family, yet she finds herself alone in the decision-making: misbehaving children, her husband unusually distracted, as well as Tara’s mother, who she describes as being “glamorous, feckless, boundary-less”, deciding to move back in with her for the holidays. There is of course the whole cast of Derry Girls to choose from as well and Serena is familiar with many of them, after landing a cameo role in the forthcoming series of the Channel 4 comedy. But I did love that he was there for her and made sure that she had her own time to just do her thing. It is the ordinariness of her life — homework, school runs, meal times and fussy eaters — which she managed to capture in her videos in a way that people all over the world found relatable. I think the audio version of this read would have been more enjoyable to hear the author herself saying it as I read this I pictured her voice saying everything.Serena has been extremely candid in her videos about her mental health and the fact she takes medication for anxiety. Given her eldest child has just turned 13, and Tara attempted to teach Gemma and her friends the moves to Tragedy at her 13th birthday party, you can guess where Tara is in the embarrassing parent, not cool stakes. The thing of you never know what someone is going through so be nice to everyone should be thought by everyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you don't know of Mammy Banter or have any children. There’s lots of mortifying moments along the way and you can’t help but feel for her as it’s like reading the trials and tribulations of a best friend.

and the main character's life motto is "Stick it in ya hole with a jam roll," you know it's going to be a cry-with-laughter kind of book. I also hope there are things in the book that women who don’t have children are able to relate to as well.Before the pandemic she worked for a software company and enjoyed an ordinary family life with husband Mark (36), who works in waste management and their two children, a son aged five and a 12-year-old girl. Serena made the decision to quit as chief operations officer at the tech company she worked for in Derry once the TikTok channel achieved relative success. So, she does what any self-respecting woman does and compiles a “𝘧𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘵” list with her friends as a way to get her “𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧” back - having started more fad diets, and gym memberships over the years I couldn’t relate to this feeling more - have I ever achieved getting back to my “old self”?

It is mentioned that the boss is a sex pest and is always sexual harassing the women in the office Tara condemns the other women for not coming forward to report their boss. Tara has realized that between motherhood and her office job she has all but lost herself some where in between. This was a hilarious and remarkably honest look at being not just a Mammy but also about whether you can be yourself too.She used to dream of being Beyoncé but suddenly she’s thirty-six – with three kids, a loving husband, a very boring job – and instead of headlining Coachella, she’s in her pyjamas on a Friday night, watching Gogglebox. THERE is something about "real-life calamity" for Serena Terry, the new Derry TikTok star, that is inexplicably funny. She makes a “fuck it list” to set about improving her life, including getting into shape, spicing up her marriage, and overhauling her look.

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