"Wait For It: The Legen-dary Story of How I Met Your Mother" by Jesse McLean

Nine years ago Robin, Ted, Marshall, Lily, and Barney came onto our televisions and into our hearts.  We watched as the five best friends experienced highs and lows, love and heartbreak, success and failure.  We saw them get jobs, travel the world, buy homes, get married, have children, and we waited in anticipation of finding out how Ted met the mother.  

It’s safe to say that for many, How I Met Your Mother was more than just a television show.  And Jesse McLean is here to share all of that with you.  Wait For It is the ultimate companion book for fans of How I Met Your Mother.  Whether you are a new or old fan, you’ll lose yourself in the stories, gags, and behind the scenes sharing inside this book. 

McLean begins by introducing you to the people behind the show - the creators, writers, and actors.  After that he takes on the show season by season, discussing the overall themes and stories, the viewership numbers, and its place in television and popular culture.  He reviews the highlights, running gags, and catchphrases of each season and then moves on to discussing the best episodes of the season.  Each chapter is completed by looking at the candidates for Mrs. Moseby, famous guest stars, and reactions to the season.  

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book.  I began reading the book while binge-watching seasons 8 and 9 and each chapter made me want to go back and watch every season all over again.  For me this show was never really about finding out who the mother is, I just really enjoyed the five friends and all of their escapades.  Let’s admit it, Barney Stinson is one of the best characters ever written for television.  I also loved all of the Canadian jokes on the show and because Jesse McLean is Canadian, he included these in the book, explained them, and dispelled a few myths.

What do I wish this book had more of? Photos. The only photos that are included are head shots of the actors.  I would have loved photos of episodes, classic moments, and behind the scenes.  This would have greatly enhanced the book for me.

Thanks to Netflix, I’ll always be able to watch How I Met Your Mother.  And that’s a good thing because after reading this book there are quite a few episodes I want to go back and watch.  If you are a fan of the show you will definitely love this book.  I do recommend trying to get it in paperback as this kind of book tends to look better on the page rather than in e-book form (or at least that is my opinion.)

I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley.  The opinions expressed above are my own.


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