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Where the Hell Were Your Parents?

(12 customer reviews)

by Nathan Weathington

Where the Hell Were Your Parents? is a coming-of-age true story about what happens when you let your kids run feral — it’s half Goodfellas, half Stand By Me, and three-quarters Dukes of Hazzard.

This comic memoir is an unapologetic romp through the rural South with the Weathington Boys, the most scrumptious delinquents since Huckleberry Finn. Nathan and Brian are identical twin brothers who fight for their lives against gun-toting good ole boys, a sexually aggressive hyena, the FBI, and even Jesus. With a handful of illegal fireworks the boys join forces with the infamous 10-year-old getaway driver Ray ‘Corn Dog’ Womack to form an adolescent version of the A-Team. Years of country chaos ensue, and the boys ultimately find themselves trapped in a high stakes practical joke war. Victory will bring immortality, but one wrong move and they will be taking group showers in a rural Alabama prison.

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12 reviews for Where the Hell Were Your Parents?

  1. Promontory Press

    So, I opened the box from amazon on a Tuesday afternoon, quickly read about 40 pages but had to get back to work. I got in bed that night and read the whole dang thing; couldn’t put it down. This is an accomplishment of epic proportions considering that I’ve now read a total of 2 books cover to cover (besides “Go Dog Go” and “Goodnight Moon” – my nearly 2-yr old son’s favorite books) since graduating college 11 yrs ago.

    As I was reading it my wife was asleep beside me. My eyes teared up and I pursed my mouth shut so I didn’t laugh out loud but I still managed to wake her up numerous times because I was laughing so hard I shook the bed as if I had put 2 quarters in it.

    I laughed until I cried as the stories were depicted with fantastic detail; I felt like I was there watching the fire burn out of control. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes a good laugh, but like pork rinds it’s not for the faint of heart.

    My suggestion: void your bladder before you read it. Better yet, read it on the toilet so you have insurance in case you have an accident – my favorite story in the book involves a toilet anyway. Enjoy.

    Please write another book, I loved this one!

    – Joel Huggins, Amazon Reviewer

  2. Promontory Press

    Truly one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life … and that’s sayin’ a LOT! It’s about real boys acting the way boys would act when left to their own devices … and plenty of ammo. These guys grew up in the south but don’t think or a minute they’re not smarter than the average ‘joe’. They’re cunning, brave, and very creative. But just when you think it could not possibly get any more absurd, it does. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat at times, biting my nails…then laughing out loud with snot rolling down my face. The book is very smart and one very enjoyable read. It’s also one everyone would enjoy … I don’t care where you’re from! Bravo Nathan!

    – Kacy Pollak, Amazon Reviewer

  3. Promontory Press

    I met Nathan, the esteemed author and humorist, in Seaside, Florida at Sundog Books. An affable fellow, I found his countenance and charm irresistible. I promised to pick up his book and read it, as I had just purchased two other books. Few writers have the ability to use stingers–those short, punchy sentences at the end of paragraphs that punctuate the point and provide a neat segue into the next graph. Nathan Weathington is the master of the stinger! Each stinger in this book is a prerequisite for belly laughs! This book is hilarious! As a brother of two younger, identical twins, I know what they are getting as Christmas presents–cheap bastard that I am! Highly, highly recommend this book, as laughter is the best medicine in life, and Weathington pumps out cheap morphine chuckles in liberal doses with this tome. Get it today. You won’t be disappointed.

    – Readaholic, Amazon Reviewer

  4. Promontory Press

    Although Where the Hell Were Your Your Parents is the black sheep on my shelf of conscious parenting books, the Weathington parents gave their twin boys two precious gifts: real unconditional Love and Faith that they would find their way. It is wildly fun, definitely destructive and somehow inspiring.This laugh out loud, crooked path of empowerment will inspire you to give your children wings, though certainly not angelic!

    – Kelly Ordway, Amazon Reviewer

  5. Promontory Press

    I was tempted to look past this book, as the cover didn’t appeal to me, but the story recounted was great fun. I, as a nerdy girl child, would have felt dreadfully envious that these two boys got away with so much, but as a mother, I was thankful MY son never traveled the same roads those two boys did. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a good time, read this book. I have a feeling you’ll laugh as much as I did (though sometimes ruefully).

    – Kate Vale, Amazon Reviewer

  6. Promontory Press

    Weathington’s book has become the gold standard cataloging the brilliant childhood we’ve lost, now a fading dream in this emerging age of the TechnoWeeny. The only thing I don’t like about this book is that it makes my own younger years feel totally lame. I mean we did bad stuff, and were creative about it. But it pales in comparison to the tactics, brilliance and hilarity of the Weathington Boys. Truly legendary. Weathington’s work raises the bar on how badass boyhood should be as a whole. Definitively sets the standard.

    – Ben, Amazon Reviewer

  7. Promontory Press

    In ‘Where the Hell Were Your Parents’ Nathan Weathington provides a rip-roaring tribute to what has to have been the most creatively destructive mis-spent youth in American history. In between episodes of Southern mayhem, Weathington reflects on the changes in child-rearing practices in the US – changes not at all to the benefit of the upcoming generation. This is a book that should be made required reading for all Gen X parents. For the rest of us, it’s a side-splitting, cringing walk down memory lane.

    – Bonnie Milani, Kindle Reviewer

  8. Promontory Press

    A rousing, rough-and-tough romp through The Deep South, Where the Hell Were Your Parents? is the memoir of all memoirs, one of the most well put together (and true!) tales I’ve read in a long while. Each snapshot reads exactly as I remember it ten years ago being told around a Bahamian campfire, with about as much conviction and ferocity as a wildebeest. You might as well call it Weathington’s Greatest Hits, as THIS is the money shot! Can’t wait for more.

    – Scott Aland, Amazon Reviewer

  9. Promontory Press

    Endlessly funny and carefully detailed, as a “free range” child I could absolutely relate to these stories. While I didn’t set anything on fire, I was often the “voice of reason” when the boys I grew up with did. Looking back, my healthy sense of self-preservation probably saved a few kids some broken bones along the way. However, I can recall on more than one occasion someone in the group yelling, “RUN!” and peddling as fast as my 8 year old legs would go.
    For anyone who ran with a rowdy group of “ruffians” growing up, this book is going to make you laugh, both for the witty recounting and the memories it will conjure up.
    I read this book in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

    – Lesley, Goodreads Reviewer

  10. Promontory Press

    Oh my goodness! What a delightfully wicked tale of two little cherubs-cum-hooligans growing up in the Deep South. I laughed out loud consistently throughout as the Weathington twins left a trail of mayhem and destruction in their wake. Yes, some of the shenanigans are a bit shocking, but I think the author’s whole point is that as kids we used to do all sorts of things that were deemed perfectly safe back then, but are probably outlawed in today’s helicopter parenting culture. A great laugh from beginning to end and (who would have guessed?) something to think about, too.

    – Heather Westing, Goodreads Reviewer

  11. Promontory Press

    This is such a fun book! I felt like I was being swept away on a wave of adventure and hilarity. Not only is this book really well written, it was a refreshing change from what I often read. I love the cover too.

    – Lisa-Scarlett Cruji, Goodreads Reviewer

  12. Promontory Press

    As a true son of the south so much of this book was like tearing a page out of my own personal history. yes boys will be boys but add gunpowder and a dare factor life gets interesting. a must read for anyone with a twisted sense of humor.

    – Erik, Goodreads Reviewer

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