Pass it on!

The other day, Lily came running into my room to show me a text message she had just received from a friend.

“Read this and read this now,” it began. “If you don’t, you will have bad luck for seven years…” Welcome to the chain mail stage! The text went on to instruct Lily that she had to forward the note to 15 classmates within one hour, or the boy she had a crush on would never kiss her. Plus she would be cursed. And have no friends.

I explained to my daughter (who is entirely too young to think about kissing boys, anyway) that this was a stupid chain letter and that they had been around forever. “Even when you were a kid?,” she asked, incredulously. Yes, darling, but thank you for helping clarify what I meant by forever.

This interaction with Lily got me thinking about chain letters and the way they make otherwise rational people with minds of their own do what they are told, no questions asked. Like possessed robots who fear, that maybe, just maybe, there’s something to the letter and they could be cursed if they don’t follow it word for word. So, they pass it on.

Which leads me to this… 



Quickly: The book is officially out!! Purchase at your local bookseller, or online here: Barnes & Noble • Amazon •  Indie Bound • Books-A-Million • Powell’s Books • iTunes. Curse or not, I really would appreciate any word of mouth support you can give it.

The tour officially launches on Wednesday, April 10 at 7PM at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Joining me is Tracey Beckerman, author of Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. If you’re anywhere near the area, come on over and say hi!

Finally, the winners of my pre-order contest have been announced. I hate that you all couldn’t win, but thank you for your pre-orders and congrats to the five lucky ladies!!

Now, really, you ought to go spread the word. I hear the lice outbreak is especially rough this year.

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Kitt 3 years ago

Devastated! Not available on iTunes in Australia!

Stylistdee 3 years ago

Those chain letters I hate them .. I too use to take the seriously

Stylistdee 3 years ago

Thank u for this site & ill be buying my book soon.congrats your awesome

Rookiemum 3 years ago

My goodness Jill!
You make my Day! I love reading your stuff and loved seeing you on the Today show. Congrats on your success! This entire Scary Mommy business makes me feel normal or at least sane. :)
P.s I’ve been taking your book to my park, and women are going CRAZY for it!!

TemptressMama 3 years ago

I’ve added both your books to my Chapters/Indigo wishlist because I can’t afford to even buy myself a $5 magazine at the moment. Does that count? Hopefully someone looking to get me a birthday gift will get them for me. BTW, I love your blog!

Amy Patton 3 years ago

Haven’t dealt with lice since the horrific outbreak of 1999. I’m headed over to purchase your book pronto- after I finish scratching my head and pulling out a fine tooth comb and a magnifying glass. You know, just to make sure. Amy

realtormom 3 years ago

wait, why should tonight be different than all other nights? just kidding. preordered books enroute.

Cassie 3 years ago

Oh, by the way, you had me at……”dire consequences”. All the other stuff will just make me go faster!

Cassie 3 years ago

Hilarious! I better go out and buy the book, because the last thing I want are kids who won’t sleep, feel like crap, and poop and puke on me!!

Woolies 3 years ago

I still get really worried if someone sends me a chain email and I don’t pass it on. Bad luck is inevitable, but to purposefully bring it upon yourself?? I don’t think so! :)
Wait, I’m only 7 years old?

Alexis 3 years ago

Hoda and Kathie? I missed this – please post video! Jenelle said that Kathie didn’t get it. I’m confused – does she get anything? I thought she was there to provide comic relief. Can’t wait to see how things went!

Maryanne 3 years ago

Just found your blog…holy crap… this is some of the best stuff ever! My kids are teenagers now, but I totally agree with all of this! Great job!!!

Arnebya 3 years ago

The photo of you and Matt Lauer is AWESOME (your hair looks fantastic!). (PS – I have never met a black person who had lice. Never. Now, crabs, on the other hand…)

Jenelle 3 years ago

I saw you with Hoda and Kathie Lee…You held your own very well against holier-than-thou Kathie Lee. Ugh! She doesn’t get it cuz her children were probably raised by nannies. I love that you’re the voice of all us REAL mommies out there! And tag with your children? Worst. Game. Ever. That’s what siblings, pets, and dads are for!

Debbie 3 years ago

Congratulations! Love the chain letter. You are good and it is always fun to see what you have to say. Thanks for the smile this morning.

Christina Baglivi Tinglof 3 years ago

Congratulations! Saw you last week on KLG&H. Love, love, love the chain letter idea. Brilliant.

jackiehennesse1 3 years ago

Son of a…Oh wait, I already ordered the book for my friend. And gave it a rave review too. I think I can step on a crack and not break my mommy’s back today. Phew. :) Congratulations! Go girl!

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 3 years ago

Eh, but I already ordered the book. Do I still get cursed?

Alison 3 years ago

Thank goodness I’m a rule follower :)

Congratulations on the book launch and good luck on the TV appearance!

Nicole @MTDLBlog 3 years ago

You’re funny. Ok, I’m not a chain letter person…but for you…. {ahem} ….fine. Onto Facebook it goes.

grownandflown 3 years ago

Good luck on The Today Show and with the book tour. Have pre-ordered and can’t wait to have MCN in my hot little hands. Congratulations! BTW, making this short so I can get back to the chain letter in under 5 minutes.


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