Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wonderfully Dysfunctional Book Tour & Review

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The true story of... A woman who laughs at funerals. A gypsy mother who refuses to wear a bra and a father who refuses to leave his first wife. A brother who sleeps under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty, red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all.

Buffi always knew her family was unusual, but she was lucky enough to escape that gene. Or was she? Joined by her siblings at the bedside of their dying grandmother, Buffi begins on a journey of self discovery as they recall stories of their youth including juicy family secrets, inappropriate practical jokes, abuse and betrayal. She is on a quest to find Normal but finds herself instead.
It Must be Genetic is about an American family of no particular importance, descendants of the once wealthy and revered Perry clan, but stripped of their family wealth during the Great Depression. It’s full of quirky characters like grandmother Mopsie; a sexy divorced mother of two in the 1950’s who would turn the heads of her conservative neighbors when hosting the best poker parties in town, but who can now be found sleeping her days away in the bed of a nursing home. The story climaxes when Mopsie accidentally reveals a secret that sends her family frantically searching through old documents to find the son she gave up for adoption half a century ago.

It Must be Genetic is about acceptance, forgiveness and the great capacity to love. The story is written from the perspective of a third generation divorced mother, Buffi, who realizes that the very traits that make her family dysfunctional may be the same traits that make it so wonderful. At 64,000 words, it's paced for a quick-and-easy read.


What a wonderful, funny and touching story that will have you laughing and comparing your family to the author's family.  Buffi Neal has this quirky sense of self in her writing that draws the reader in.  While her story deals with difficult issues, she talks about them with such frankness and with amusing ancedotes that you are left with a feeling of acceptance and the joy of knowing anything can be overcome.

Buffi, like so many others of us, has always craved a "normal" life/family, and hasn't always embraced her "wonderfully dysfunctional" family.  Personally, I feel that there is no such thing as a normal family.  We all have a least a little bit of dysfunction in our families, some just have more dysfunction than others.  Her sister, Randi, says it perfectly, "To be dysfunctional, you have to not function as a family.  We function great as a family."

This book just resonated with me.  It reminded me of so many aspects of my family and my husband's family.  I lost my grandmother not that long ago and her final days were spent in a nursing home.  My grandmother was not like Buffi's but she was a strong woman that grew up in the depression.  I regret that I didn't have anything of hers, no physical momento from her life.  With this book I've realized again like Buffi that "I don't need things to prove my grandmother's love."

I just really connected with this book on so many levels.  She, Buffi Neal, lives on her own terms and is learning that's ok.  She is that quirky lady that will leave you laughing and crying.  It doesn't so much read as an autobiography as it does a novel.

I definitely recommend this book for anyone and everyone.  It is sure to put a smile on your face.  I give this one 5 stars.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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About the Author:

Buffi Lynn Neal is a free-spirited mother of two currently living in a small town in Central New Jersey. She earned her Masters of Computer Science from Lehigh University. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in both Mathematics and Physics.

Although Buffi spent twenty years working in the field of Computer Science she longed for the day that she could use her passion for writing to tell the unusual stories of her life.

Who am I? I'm a forgetful, kind-hearted, forty-plus year old mother of two who has great logic skills but spells worse than a fourth grader. I'm afraid of the dark and never shut my eyes in the shower. I bite my nails and peel my sunburn. Actually, I will peel anyone's sunburn. I would rather stick hot burning embers in my eyes than take out the garbage and I would rather be comfortable than look good. Like my mother and grandmother, I love the beach.

I am much more than I can write and I can write much more than I am.

Buffi is currently working on the second memoir in her "Wonderfully Dysfunctional" series. 

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Books to come.....
Wonderfully DysfunctionalTM - Breaking the Silence
At the age of nine I met my grandfather for the first time. It had been over twenty five years since my mother saw him. He arrived completely by surprise, bringing gifts for all, and was ready to be a part of our lives. I was the lucky one chosen to take a month trip to Florida with him. During the day it was ice cream, new clothes, and Disney World, and during the night it was something very unnatural. What my family did not know, was Grandpa Jack was a pedophile.
"Breaking the Silence" is part of the "Wonderfully Dysfunctional" Memoir series. It's the journey of a young girl who loved her grandpa so much that it would take thirty years, four deaths, two lawsuits, many lawyers and doctors before she would Break the Silence and tell her story of love and abuse through the eyes of a child.

buffi neals booksWonderfully DysfunctionalTM - 1982 Out Past Curfew 

It was 1982. I was only fourteen, and it was the year I learned about sex, drugs, love, and friendship. It was the year I became a woman and my mother became a person. It was the year of firsts for many of us; our first real kiss, first drink, first smoke, and first ride in the back of a police car.

We were a poor family living in a middle class neighborhood. The world was exciting and everything was new. I was a sponge soaking up all the good and the bad life had to offer. I learned that the child of an alcoholic has an unmistakable talent for holding their liquor, a teenager has the power to drive their parents to insanity, and if you turn your back on a friend you have turned your back on yourself. 

"1982 Out Past Curfew" is part of the "Wonderfully Dysfunctional" Memoir series. It's about the coming of age, the struggle to understand your sexuality and accept your past. It's about finding lifelong love and friendship from the most unexpected people. Many life lessons happened after curfew in 1982.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


  1. A lovely review, I'm so pleased you had a chance to read it and that it meant a lot to you x

  2. Thank you so much for the lovely review :-)