Bad Habits by Jenny McCarthy

Bad Habits

Jenny McCarthy--actress, comedian, activist, and New York Times bestselling author--candidly recounts her humorous Catholic upbringing, from her childhood dream of becoming a nun to her Playmate of the Year centerfold, and all of the Hail Mary's in between.In keeping with the theme of her comedic New York Times bestsellers, from Belly Laughs to Love, Lust & Faking It, McCarthy brings her trademark honesty, humility, and humor to bear as she chron...

Details Bad Habits

TitleBad Habits
Release DateOct 2nd, 2012
PublisherHachette Books
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Reviews Bad Habits

  • Marisa Gonzalez
    Any Catholic reading this book will notice that the stories were changed to make Jenny McCarthy seem funny and insightful while making those in the Church look dumb. No one in the clergy would ever respond with the theological inaccuracies stated in her book. Also, she kept stating how she was so poor yet she and all her sisters went to Catholic school...that's not poor...that's good parents sacrificing for their children. There was nothing reall...
  • Kathy
    It's hard to rate this book because it varies so much. The first few chapters are hilarious (if I recall correctly, especially Chapter 4)....then, it just gets kind of sad (sad that the book/her life went in crazy directions, not teared-up sad) but still funny in places. And finally, ick. It turns into some kind of poor treatise on new age religion; an Oprah conversation rather than a story I'd like to read. I had to press on at the end because I...
  • Allie Smith
    Great book about Jenny McCarthy’s journey of “spiritual enlightenment”. It’s a funny and easy read. Although I am Catholic, and still an active member in the church, I identified with many of her issues regarding some of the church’s teachings. We are, at times, a hypocritical group. I think it’s hard to live honestly as a modern Catholic according to the churches changing dogma, without occasional sinning (but of course there’s alw...
  • Fabian
    Great poolside read. Learning what an oasis the late summer can be in EP TX, I've come to terms with my deep reading drought. Let's get things moving along, was my single overbearing thought, and so perhaps I'll begin zipping my way through more "essentials." But McCarthy brought a fresh gust of newness--this is like having her on Howard Stern, entertaining us with anecdotes and quaint memories--and I am more than grateful to her. She talks like ...
  • Jodi
    I happened to see this on the shelf when I was browsing in the library so I checked it out. I am a cradle Catholic so I was curious to see what confessions a "recovering" Catholic might have! Since this is told by Jenny McCarthy, I knew it would be a tad crude but very funny and I wasn't disappointed. I can totally relate to the Catholic guilt thing and giggled at her going to confession so much as a child. I completely got her comments about bla...
  • Anthony Faber
    This book doesn't quite scan for me. How can this woman have been so smart about finding holes in Catholic doctrine at ayoung age and so dense when it comes to seeing serious warning flags in her personal life, as well as the new age stuff she promotes now? I don't get it. Given that, the book does have its moments, but not enough of them for it to be worth reading.
  • Elizabeth
    Reading this book a second time when I am a few years older and have a better perspective on the Catholic religion helped me to view this with an open mind, especially when I have strayed away from Catholicism myself and more into New Age Spiritual teachings.Overall, McCarthy had a witty approach to how she viewed the Catholic religion. It was very relatable and in some ways was why I left the religious practices.
  • Pattye Nicolls
    Mundane drivel. Not even worth 1 star. A good friend wanted me to read it or I would have put it down after the first chapter. Other humorists as well as liberal theologians have dealt with this subject much more effectively twenty years ago or more. She had nothing new to say, and only succeeded in showing herself to be crude and superficial.
  • Roberta
    Growing up in a Catholic family I could relate to a lot, as well as the questioning everything and eventually becoming an Atheist/Agnostic. She sums up the Catholic Guilt well."As Catholics, we sort of collect sins like food at a grocery store. We throw them into the cart, then we go to church and look at all those sins in the basket and beg for forgiveness."Even if you did not grow up Catholic the book is funny with chapters like "Jesus Was My J...
  • Debbie Cherry
    Beginning is mildly amusing, probably more so if you grew up Catholic. But by the time she gets a gig as a playboy bunny it seems self serving and more than a little exaggerated; the whole Vatican "tour" completely strains credulity. I have to admit I couldn't face the last 25 pages.
  • Nicole
    Fun read! Happy to hear my questions and concerns on organized religion are shared with a Playmate!
  • Rae Quigley
    I agonized over giving this five stars. I really, really wanted to, but felt like no memoir type book deserved five stars. I mean, they just talk about their lives. I obviously changed my mind.When I tell you that this book is phenomenal I am really only saying phenomenal because I can't think of a word better than that. I devoured this book (literally, devoured) in about 4 hours. Not only can I not remember the last time I've finished a book in ...
  • Martha Fendt
    I like Jenny McCarthy, in fact in her Sngled Out days I wanted to BE Jenny McCarthy. It's interesting to me because I remember clearly reading her biography, probably in like Jr. high, it was called Jen-X but it's never listed as one of the books she's written in the inside of any of her cover flaps. OK so with that being said, I enjoyed this book. It was a fast, easy read. Even though Im not a very religious person, was not raised in an very rel...
  • Kait
    You'd think I'd have little in common with a woman who wanted to be a nun and then became a playboy bunny. You'd be wrong. Jenny McCarthy is a "Recovering Catholic" with just the right amount of sarcasm and far too many questions for the Catholic church.I also wanted to be a nun when I was younger. I did not aspire to be a playboy bunny but that's besides the point. I grew up Catholic and left the faith as an adult. Teachers didn't like the fact ...
  • Mai
    In this memoir ,jenny talks about her education at catholic school and how she had a hard time there becoz of the strict rules of discipline and God-fearing attitude that was induced in her by the nuns and thus once she was in college ,tried to break all the rulesGoing from religious into spiritual ,she recovered from Catholicism saying "“My new path of staying tuned in to satellite radio was what made me feel amazing and connected to the outsi...
  • Mae
    Filled with a lot of personal experience (good, bad, ugly), the autobiography is women-empowering. It has humour, insight and anybody can relate to Jenny. She's smart, inquisitive, strong, resourceful, intuitive... a true Wonder Woman.(view spoiler)[ I think the Father Andrew story was my favourite part. When she said, "Well, that's why you became friends with our family in the first place. I saw my parents buy you liquor and it worked. So I thou...
  • Samantha
    So I love Jenny McCarthy and I thought I couldn't love her more but I was wrong: I just finished reading Bad Habits: A Book of Confessions about Confession by Jenny McCarthy and I have to say that I absolutely love it. First off, it's friggin hysterical. Like seriously funny. But that's not the main reason why I love it; I love it because I can really relate to it. Throughout the book Ms. McCarthy raises questions about faith and religion (Cathol...
  • Jenni V.
    I really wavered between 1 and 2 stars on this. If half stars were available I would give 1.5 but I rounded up because I didn't like it but it didn't make me angry like truly bad books do.She makes some valid points when questioning the faith but the presentation is just too over the top, fair or not, to resonate with a large audience. I wasn't offended by this book, I just didn't like it.You have to be familiar with the Catholic Church to unders...
  • Jennifer Plummer
    I found the first part of this book to be hysterical and ridiculiusly entertaining. As a Catholic, and right now a Catholic school teacher to boot, I was totally able to relate to what she went through as a kid. The first chapter was epic. I wish I could say the same for the end, though. I respect her for what she went through and her determination to better herself but I felt like some of the chapters didn't fit with the rest of the story. It mi...
  • John
    As a “Cradle Catholic” myself, I found Jenny’s reflections on her own Catholic upbringing to be hysterical. Chapters 5 and 6 were definitely my favorites. I do not remember the last time a book made me laugh so hard…and I read a lot of humor books. I am not talking the cliché “laugh out loud” funny. I mean tears running down my face, laughing so hard that it hurts funny. But, maybe that’s just me.Admittedly, for Catholics that are ...
  • Kyle Leon Henderson
    I really enjoy the idea of Jenny McCarthy. She has unapologetically gone from Playboy Playmate, to resident go to Party Girl in Hollywood, to health advocate and activist for the cause of Autism thanks to the very public diagnosis of her son with Autism. She is even now sits at the table of "The View" on ABC. I enjoy her balance between comedic to compassionate to concerned to just pissed off about the injustice in our country and in our medical ...
  • Riccol
    I read this only because it happened to come up on the top of the page of my e-library non-fiction section and I wasn't in the mood to browse around. It had no description with it so I didn't know what to expect.There were a few bits of humor near the beginning regarding life in a Catholic school (likely funny only to those who also attended a Catholic school and can relate), but after that the book took an odd turn into what felt like a pitch fo...
  • Wendy
    This was a very funny book. The personal stories that Jenny shares of her childhood and her family make it feel like a conversation with a close friend, but she injects them with such humor that no matter how sad the story might otherwise be, you can't help but smile, if not outright laugh. It was fascinating to read how she ended up being a Playboy Playmate, especially since I'd always believed she'd been famous already when that happened. But i...
  • Katie Scarlett
    I'd say 2.5 stars. There were some very funny stories in this easy read. But I went to a catholic school from pre-K to 8th grade. A lot of these stories and/or rules were very exaggerated and simply didn't happen. While I grew up Catholic, I can honestly say, that I don't agree with about 80% of the congregation as a whole. But it's very easy to laugh at some of the more ridiculous "rules" and "traditions". Some are quite outdated and simply non-...
  • Sneha Tripathi
    This is my first book written by her. It was kinda ok.I didn't fall of the chair, I didn't go nuts laughing.. but this book does ask a lot questions about following a religion and it's reasons.As a child, I think, all of us have these questions but the fear instilled by elders/etc doesn't let us ask them or anyone.So, this book is more about questions being asked that can't be answered logically but when it gets answered, people ask her to have f...
  • Amy
    This was my first book by Jenny McCarthy. I read this straight through in about three hours. It was a quick, fun read. McCarthy is brutally honest when discussing the blatant hypocracy associated with Catholicism. I appreciated the way she was relentless in her questioning of the nuns at the school she attended without judgement, instead, a genuine curiosity. Her many attempts to continually fit into the mold Catholics find suitable were commenda...
  • Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
    I love Jenny! She is one of my favorite human beings! ❤ Always funny, sometimes crass, but always truthful. Jenny tells it like it is. She is not afraid to speak her mind and doesn't care what anyone thinks about her. She is not afraid to be bold, or daring.This book talked about Jenny growing up Catholic. She went to Catholic school, church, and came from a vert religious family. The situations and beliefs she spoke about that happen when you ...
  • Hilary
    While I am not a devout religious anything - I found this book to be quite hilarious. Jenny McCarthy is so witty and quick, it's no wonder she written so many best sellers. I still think of her as that slightly obnoxious girl that was hosting Singled Out on MTV in the 90s. However, she is apparently much smarter than that. I admire her zest for understanding the craziness of religion, and how she will go to any extreme to get it. As it was a ligh...
  • Alan
    I really liked this book, it was interesting to get a little more background into her childhood and growing up. I loved hearing about how she struggled to find a career and how she (at first) found it hard to find to convince networks to hire her. I love her honesty, humour and her drive to provide for her family. The book is much better than her previous, it is more personal. The last book was more self helpish because it had facts on sex and re...