This book was brilliant; it was like a big extended podcast: all the same humour, wit and banter but in written form.
I've been listening to the Sh**ged Married Annoyed podcast for a few months now (late to the party I know!) and have come to love the honesty, shamelessness and back-and-forth banter that this couple share; they do a great job of talking about what a real relationship is like without being preachy or sounding miserable. When I heard they were releasing a book, I immediately pre-ordered it and I wasn't disappointed with my read.
The book featured managed to feature a lot of the familiar format of the podcast, including letters from the public and, my personal favourite part of the book, using different fonts to allow Chris and Rosie to have a conversation throughout the book as if they were sat in front of you chatting. I wondered, as I was reading, how they achieved it - did one person write their bits and then the other inserted comments where they wanted, did they record a conversation and then transfer it to the page, did they write the whole thing together? It piqued my curiosity because it felt very natural and was well executed. The separation of the Sh**ged, Married and Annoyed sections of the book also helped to give a nice flow to the conversations as they focused on all aspects of your average relationship.
I found myself laughing out loud at several points throughout the book, and even stopped to quote parts of it to my husband (as he was sat trying to watch TV) as they felt so relatable. While this is very much a comedy book, I really appreciate both of the authors for being willing to be so upfront about how they make their relationship work and air their differences and challenges. I genuinely believe that fewer relationships would fail if people were more able to talk like this openly rather than falling victim to social media's idea of what good looks like; it's fantastic that these two can do it with such humour and wit as to make it feel effortless.
One minute you're spending four hours getting glammed up for a Saturday night out on the tiles, dating like it is a competitive sport and doing the walk of shame and then you meet someone, possibly even The One. Life becomes filled with candlelit dinners, flowers, lazy Sundays spent in bed, matching underwear, meeting each other's parents, a fuzzy feeling in your tummy and making plans for a long and happy future.
Before you know it though, the honeymoon period has worn off and your conversations no longer revolve around care-free, spur of the moment weekends away and cosying up to watch a Netflix box set in bed. Instead you talk about the right way to load the dishwasher, mortgage rates, paint charts and whose turn it is to take the bins out. The beefs about your other half come thick and fast and you wonder if your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest of your life, is it all downhill from there?
From Chris and Rosie Ramsey, stars of the phenomenally successful chart-topping podcast Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed. comes a hilarious exploration of all the highs and lows of dating, relationships and marriage that will have you crying with laughter and nodding along in solidarity.
For better or for worse... right?
You can buy the book here now. It was published by Michael Joseph/Penguin.