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Book Review: When Parents Text: So Much Said… So Little Understood by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli

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When Parents Text: So Much Said… So Little Understood by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, is a delightful recent book from Workman Publishing Company. The site-inspired paperback showcases what happens when parent-child text messaging goes awry; it is filled with favorite excerpts and unpublished submissions from the co-authors’ widely popular and lauded website, When Parents Text. The results are hysterical, heartwarming, awkwardly creative, and entertainingly outrageous.

More than a spinoff from the recent Internet sensation, When Parents Text inadvertently demonstrates the impact technology has on communication within the modern family unit. Its clear-cut, laughter-inducing examples highlight the mixed emotions felt by grown children as they transition to adulthood and their clumsy-fingered but caring parents’ struggle against an emptying nest.

When Parents Text appeals to emerging adults — patient, but slightly self-focused college graduates and independence-seekers who strive for self-sufficiency while welcoming free money and meals from their continuing support system at home. Parents who can laugh at their generation’s innocent, exploratory antics into the realm of text messaging and technology use will also enjoy this book.

The edited content remains honest, including coarse language and improper spelling alongside parents who proudly display their text messaging skills with style, grammatical perfection, and poetic ease. The hardcopy format is compact and sorted by various categories, making it a worthwhile read and easy to share with others. When Parents Text also helpfully contains an emoticon glossary for reference and a 16-page color insert of strangely amusing picture messages. 

Lastly, the book is smoothly arranged by Ms. Fraioli and Ms. Kaelin; the thematic approach flows well and ends on an earnest and sincere note that leaves one smiling and bookmarking their website for more.

Read it and have a good laugh with your parents and/or children. Then, skip over to whenparentstext.com and contribute your texts to support the project.

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