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Sh!t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (Book Review 2010-114)

Product Description

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:
"That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won't screw you. Don't do it for them."
"Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking."
"The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two."
More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern's philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny's, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns' kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.

About the Author

Justin Halpern is the founding editor of the comedy website and a senior writer at Halpern created the Twitter page "Shit My Dad Says," which boasts more than a million followers, and is cowriting and coproducing a sitcom adaptation for CBS. He splits his time between Los Angeles and his parents' home in San Diego.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061992704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061992704


This book is for anyone who is related to or has a relationship with someone who says the first thing that comes to mind.  It is also truly touching.  I laughed and then got a little misty at how much the father and son relationship speaks about one that is truly built on love.  I am not saying that it isn't a strange relationship, but that is what makes it so funny.  I think a television show based on this short book will be one to watch. 


  1. oh gosh I heard about this one on the radio and listened to an author was way too funny! i have got to get this book!

  2. I've been following him for a while now, and I can imagine how hilarious this book must be. Added to the TBR pile! (:

  3. it sounds gorgeous! must get a copy

  4. I noticed this on one of the most often bought book lists and then I thought I saw an ad for a new show on tv too. Glad to hear it was good, and a little touching, even with such an irreverent title!

  5. Love this review! Have been thinking about reading this, now I am definitely convinced :)

  6. I've been wondering what a book by this guy would be like! I've read his stuff for awhile but had no idea whether a book version would be any good. Nice to hear it's still hilarious!


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