no great genius

I just found an Internet review of my first novel, Why Girls Are Weird, that may be my favorite blurb of all time:

“it’s a simply written book of no great genius, but i lost count how many times i was laughing out loud. very entertaining.”

My work here is done!

Book Review: Trashionista

Benny’s an entertaining and intelligent (if frequently unreliable) narrator and her mother is hilarious. Plus Mickey is one of the most original chick lit heroes I’ve read for a long time (the scenes between them crackle off the page).” — Keris Stainton

Review: Florida Sun-Sentinel

“…she deserves to immediately be plucked from the chick-lit ghetto — and then poised to knock talentless gimmicks such as Lauren Weisberger and Plum Sykes permanently off the best-seller lists…This joyous, single-sitting read is as bright and witty as it is wise and bittersweet. And Ribon is a sparkling talent who merits more than just cult fame.”

Thank you so much to Phoebe Flowers for her review of Why Moms Are Weird in the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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“…a rollicking page-turner…Ribon has crafted Benny to a fully realized, sympathetic protagonist, an intelligent woman who lost her way at some point, but manages to stumble toward happiness. The result is fantastic and satisfying.”

“…a pithy and achingly accurate tale of a family that puts the fun in dysfunctional.”

Thanks to Sarah Wolf at the Albuquerque Journal and Michelle at Fallen Angel Reviews. [Links take you to the full review]

And for those of you having difficulties finding the book in Canada, they’re working on it. Some kind of system-wide problem between the publisher and the distributor.

Reminder: Next weekend (September 2nd) I’ll be speaking at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library. I hope to see you there. Yes, you. What’s the problem? It’s in an auditorium and they’re serving tea. You don’t like tea? As Sandy said, “You don’t have to drink tea.” So I’ll be looking for you.

review: Chaos Theory

“Not everyone can write something that will make you laugh and cry in the same chapter. I loved it. I know it’s one of those books that I will grab off my shelf again when I need something good to read.”

[Read the full review]

Thank you, Sherry.

review: EDGE Providence

“As with Why Girls Are Weird, the story is told in a semi-diary format. And, as with The Odyssey, the main character goes on a hero’s journey of growth and discovery. Okay, that second part is actually true, but I mostly threw it in so I could be the first reviewer to put a ‘chick lit’ novel through the Joseph Campbell mythology machine.”

[read the full review]

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“…And when Pam writes about situations that might be traditionally wacky, she doesn’t turn away from the depth of how bad that sucks when it’s you. Another writer– a Chick Lit writer– might play the whole situation for superficial laughs, but not Pam. Don’t get me wrong, there’s laughter in the book, but it’s the kind of laughter that has acid and razor blades under it. The way you laugh when if you didn’t forcefully keep reminding yourself of how goddamn funny this is, you might lose your shit completely.”

Sugar and Spite

“I loved it. It was my first time partaking of the so-called “chick lit” genre, and I thought Pam killed it. “Killed it” being a good thing, like how the kids say. I’m not sure whether comparing something to Nick Hornby in this day and age is good or not, but I really like him, and the aspects of Hornby that I really like — the conversational style, the realistically likeable characters, the pop-cultural references that come across as personal rather than gimmicky — are present in Pam’s work. And there was a relationship triangle that actually held some suspense! A fantastic read, pick it up.”

Low Resolution

“…I tore through this book as quickly as I did the last one; it’s another page-turner and a lot of fun to read. I think it’s really interesting the way Pam writes characters and dialogue. Each character and line of dialogue is always a little left of center. Nobody behaves the way you’d exactly expect them to, and as a result, the characters can’t be pigeonholed or predicted….”

Pie Not Included

[Click the links for the full reviews]

Thanks, Ali, Joe and Mo. I truly appreciate it.

And if you happen to be cruising through the Newark Airport, I just signed their two copies of Why Moms Are Weird at Borders.


Hello, Los Angeles! I will be speaking and signing at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove, Friday, September 22nd, at 7:30.

Future dates and locations to come. Thanks to everybody who has written to tell me they’ve enjoyed the book, or taken the time to mention it on their own websites. It is very difficult to garner publicity for a book like this (commercial fiction/chick-lit) at a time like this (august, post chick-lit backlash), so I need all the buzz I can get.

this is a blurb.

“Ribon’s newest novel is hilarious and heartfelt. Why Moms Are Weird tackles the absurd morass of family with joyful wit and brutal honesty. I barrelled through this book.” — Jill Soloway, writer and co-executive producer of Six Feet Under, and author of Tiny Ladies In Shiny Pants.

I like that blurb.

Did you link to my book or write a review? I can only obsessively google the title so many times, and not everything shows up. So please let me know if you helped spread the word that the new novel is here, so I can thank you more directly.