Reviews for The Daddy Diaries

by Andy Cohen

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The host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live recounts a year in his life as a single working parent. Celebrities are indeed just like us—or at least Cohen seems to be. In his fifth book, the author displays the relatable wit and honesty that have made him a TV star. After the introduction to this “continuation of The Andy Cohen Diaries and Superficial,” Cohen begins on Jan. 1, 2022, and he ends his diary entries on Dec. 31, after which he offers a brief epilogue. “It’s kind of like the diary was my shrink for a year,” he concludes. Though some readers may get tired of the exclamation points scattered like glitter across nearly every page, it’s clear the author uses them to express genuine joy and gratitude. Even when stressed or anxious, we see Cohen acknowledge his feelings, process them, and get back at it the next day. Housewives come and go, as do nannies, feuds, and firefighters, but underneath it all is the author’s love and excitement for the world he now shares with his two children, Ben and Lucy. Refreshingly, there is very little cynicism or exclusivity in this book. Cohen names his favorite restaurants and dearest friends, and he is unabashedly delighted at getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For a book that is all celebrity and (first) name-dropping, readers feel like they are part of the action. However, he’s careful not to fall victim to gossipy dirt about his love life: “I would love to share every sordid detail of nights of passion with you, because I consider us friends in my head, but I’m just…not writing about it.” Cohen is here to share his experiences and make you feel seen while doing it—and he does it well. Universal truths combine with kindness and optimism in a memoir from a single working parent who just happens to be a star. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.