Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Diary of a Jackwagon By Tim Aaron Hawkins with John Drive - Book Review

From the publisher: Popular Christian comedian Tim Hawkins shares his hilarious perspective on life in the 21st century.

In this wide-ranging, long-awaited book, comedian Tim Hawkins holds forth on everything from family, culture, and music to church, parenting, and education. Readers will enjoy laughing their way through the book, always feeling good about the clean and sometimes inspiring material they are laughing at. Chapters include riffs on marital communication ("marriage needs a challenge flag, like in pro football") aging ("the diabolical orifice witch hunt"), worship music ("pick the right key, because I'm not Barry White and I'm not a Bee Gee"), and fatherhood ("There are no manuals for parenting. Color-coded warning labels or open-ended prescriptions would be just as helpful.")

For fans of Jim Gaffigan's Dad Is Fat and Food: A Love Story, Tim Hawkins' hilarious first book reveals that for life's many difficulties, laughter is the best medicine-when there aren't any pills left.

I was slightly familiar with Tim Hawkins’s comedy, so when I had a chance to review his new book, Diary of a Jackwagon, I thought I’d give it a chance. It sounded pretty funny, with Hawkins translating his routines/observations into print. Thinking I’d get some chuckles, I dove in.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the comedy translated very well. While there were some amusing bits, over all, I fell flat for me. Each chapter focused on one central idea, but the approach to the idea shifted by the end of the chapter. This made it a little tough to read. Additionally, there were chapters where the content really wasn’t that funny; it was more of just a general observation.
I think Hawkins’s writing is fine, and Diary of a Jackwagon has potential to be a quick, enjoyable read. I just think that his comedy would be better seen and heard than read. If you are already a Hawkins fan, go ahead and give this book a chance. As an introduction, however, I would start with his videos.
I received a preview copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.

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