Review – Mother, Can You Not?


Mother, Can You Not?
by Kate Siegel
Crown Archetype, 2016
Review by Tijuana L. Canders
June 24, 2016

Mother, Can You Not?, is a book written by Kate Siegel based off of the popular Instagram account @CRAZYJEWISHMOM, a collection of essays about life with the woman who she adores and yet feels is controlling many moments in her life. There is nothing more special than a mother’s love but only when that love is directed in giving Kate Siegel her space.

Kate Siegel understood the mother-daughter dynamic uniqueness between her mother and herself, creatively conveying those hilarious conversations on Instagram. After all, take lemons and make lemonade, right? Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges, eager to see what outrageous thing Kate’s mom would do next. Now, in Mother, Can You Not?, Kate pays tribute to the woman who set a trend for the concept ‘concerned parent.’

From embarrassing moments, to outrageous stories, to hilarious celebrations, Mother, Can You Not?, expresses the lengths in which mothers will go to better our lives, even if it means to interject their concerns, opinions, or advice when it is most bothersome to their daughters during the process.

Kate Siegel is a writer and a social media guru. She has been featured on BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post, Cosmo,,, in People magazine, and on Nightline. She previously served as an associate producer for Teen Vogue, Bon Appetit, The New Yorker Festival, Conde Nast Traveler, and Self.

Mother, Can You Not? is humorous, sentimental, and enlightening. Kate Siegel implores a message to readers that when you have a close relationship with your mother, you develop a kind of secret language that only you and she understand. Mother Can You Not? is worth the read to learn about a stand-alone relationship between a mother and daughter relationship.


© 2016 Tijuana L. Canders