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My Point...And I Do Have One

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,913 Ratings  ·  442 Reviews
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles–including how we behave in elevators, airplanes, and restrooms, and why we’re so scared of the boogeyman–to fashion trends, celebrity, and her secret recipe for Ellen’s Real Frenchy French Toast. Most of all, this witty, engaging book offers in ...more
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Published March 16th 2011 by Bantam (first published September 1st 1995)
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one of the funniest books i ve ever read ! i love Ellen so much she is a great human being and funny i loved her books so much and this one is my favorite

“That's what life is all about. There's a lot of crying. So you'd better cry now and get used to it.”

i had so many "funny monents that left me laughing out loud :p" LOVE YOU ELLEN :D

Was I good at anything?
Athletics, I suppose. You were on the tennis team. And you started the girls golf team. You were the only one on the team, playing every da
Oct 13, 2008 Stacie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book extremely hard to get through. I love Ellen, and her brand of humor. Why did I dislike the book so much? Well, I finished reading the book yesterday. Except if you can't see the date, then you might think today is yesterday, which it may have well been depending on when you read this review. But if you read the review a year from now, then me saying I read it yesterday will be irrelevant. But if you read this review today, then it can be accurately concluded that it was really ...more
Teagan Cantle
Why i decided To read this book?
i decided to read ellen degeneres my point...and do i have on because i read her seriously im kidding and really liked it, so i ordered this online and read it :) although it was still good it wasnt as good as the first one

Which category on the bingo board does this cover?
i decided to put this in 'My own choice', Mainly because it doesnt cover anything but autobiography and i have already used that,

my favourite quote from the book, and why:
there were many great qu
Aug 15, 2012 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, library
I respect Ellen DeGeneres as a person and I enjoy her comedy. This book, however, was not a great idea. I went to the library for her latest, Seriously...I'm Kidding, and figured I'd pick up her others at the same time. Unfortunately, her comedy relies a lot on inflection, timing, and facial expressions. These are things that do not translate to print. She even says as much when she explains why she's not including her signature Phone Call To God bit.

Here are two examples to show exactly how th
I wanted to know more about Ellen. I had a few good laughs throughout the story and there were some quotes that I related to. But I felt like the entire book was written as a joke. None of what was written was believable for the most part and it seemed like someone was just telling me a make believe story about a certain event. I wanted it to be more of something that taught me something about her and be something relatable instead of reading make believe stories about how she gives her neighbor ...more
Jul 11, 2013 khveronika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have loved to give this book at least 2 stars, just because it's Ellen & I love her so much!! But no, that's totally out of the question :/
I guess Ellen developed her "sense of humour" throughout the years as this book was written in 1995 & I found it hardly entertaining. I had to chuckle a few times but that's pretty much it.
It's even impossible to sum it up as it's a collection of stories about nothing & everything. They are supposed to be funny situations out of Ellen's
Another fun, light-hearted read from Ellen! Not quite as funny as 'Seriously... I'm Kidding' but still worth a read if you are a fan of Ellen.
Amy Wilder
The thing about Ellen is, she's really funny in a lightly self-deprecating way. She mocks herself for foibles like a fondness for kittens and an inability to manage gadgets. She doesn't go too deep or ask you to - but she does kind of give you that everybody's human so give yourself a break kind of glow.

I breezed right through this, chuckling all the way, and I'm glad Ellen is out there, being a gay person whose persona is not all about being gay. She's like the Bill Cosby of gays.

If Cosby said
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
I had a blast with reading Seriously... I’m Kidding, which is Ellen’s third book, but I didn’t find My Point... and I Do Have One as fun. Both books have pretty much the same idea and My Point... and I Do Have One even has these cute doodles in them. Sadly it didn’t make the book funnier.

I love Ellen and the way she makes people laugh with just a few words. But the focus of each chapter in this book kind of gets lost whenever she shifts suddenly to an off topic subject (a problem I didn’t have
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Some comics have a sense of humor that easily translates to ink and paper. Unfortunately, I think Ellen's genius loses a lot when you can't see what she's doing. Her facial expressions, body language, and mastery of the dramatic pause just don't come through in My Point ... And I Do Have One.

Having seen some of Ellen's standup acts, the sections discussing weird bathroom behaviors and airplane experiences were the funniest because I could envision her actions. The parts about meeting her publish
Mar 07, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always though Ellen was pretty funny and I was looking for a laugh, so I picked this up. I've heard her later books are great and much better, but I have this thing about having to start from the beginning with books. Since this was her first published book, I had to start here.

I did laugh a few times, but overall this was just annoying to read. She bounced around from one mindless rambling thought to the next, and it just became a little grating. From the middle of the book and on, she rem
Josef Hare
Sep 27, 2015 Josef Hare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really surprised by how low this is rated on Goodreads, people do not like this book. I think possibly part of the problem is that these days people are of course familiar with Ellen Degeneres from her talk show, and although she's retained a similar style of humour throughout her years as a comedian, this book was written before her talk-show days and is more like a long, written-out standup act, which was what she did at the time. You should see her perform stand-up before you read this bo ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Akearney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes, most unfunny book by a comedian ever! Thank goodness for David Sedaris.
Belle Torres
Apr 22, 2014 Belle Torres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“How did people ever figure out that eggs were edible?” is just one of the quirky quotes of Ellen Degeneres that her book holds. Ellen Degeneres’ book is a playful and laugh out loud novel of the strange life that is Ellen Degeneres. Within every chapter is a different memory or thought that leaves you feeling as though she were there with you, telling you her story. Her opinions are vivid, even on some of the strangest topics, and she writes in a way that keeps you entertained and giddy while r
Jan 06, 2016 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever wanted to read a book for a nice laugh, then this is the book for you. Ellen DeGeneres’s My Point… And I Do Have One is a comedic nonfiction memoir about Degeneres’s everyday life. DeGeneres wrote this book for people to laugh, as it clearly states in A Note From The Author, “I hope it[The book] entertains you, inspires you, makes you laugh… Or at least makes you not regret buying it,” and she did what she set out to do. Throughout nearly all of the book DeGeneres starts on a pa ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellen has an amazing perspective and gift for sharing the laughter. I asked my grandma rose for this book for a Christmas gift, but she didn't want to buy it for me because Ellen is gay...I didn't really understand that and I remember thinking, you just don't get it, what does gay have to do with it anyway?
I was a junior in high school at the time and I still love Ellen!
Apr 06, 2009 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
I was expecting this book to tell me more about Ellen herself and her life. Instead it was just like one long joke - "I did this...ok, only joking, no I never" that sort of thing. I got boring. I didn't discover anything new about Ellen. The only redeeming feature was that it was over relatively quickly. Had it been any longer, I doubt I would have finished it.
Michelle T.
Oct 30, 2015 Michelle T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellen is awesome, I have always considered her as a good person on what she shows on t. v., she is so sincerred and the book as you read it you just can imagine her doing every single one of the things... Hilarious!!! A most read. Can wait to read the next one. ...more
McKenzie Richardson
A quick, fun read. The tone of this book is very conversational. It's rambling and random and is often interrupted by semi-related tangents. But that makes it no less of a fun journey. This book is like talking to a close friend who happens to be quite witty and also famous.The jokes range from references that I personally do not understand (considering I was 4-years-old when it was published) to things that actually had me laughing out loud. Many of the situations are relatable and some are ac ...more
Amy P.
Jun 12, 2009 Amy P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was obviously still trying to hide Ellen's Sexuality. I thought this was supposed to be a biography, but it was a poorly written book with some funny anecdotes thrown in.
Yusra Faridi
Book (Humor and Laughter):
This is the first book by Ellen DeGeneres that I have ever read. The one aspect of writing discussed in our class readings that I can really easily connect this book to is the use of voice. Ralph Fletcher defines voice as "the sense of the author's personality that comes through the words on the paper." Basically, it means that you can actually imagine having a conversation with that narrator, and be able to picture exactly what they would sound like and the things they
Edmund McCombs
May 06, 2013 Edmund McCombs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember being in 6th grade and loving Ellen when her tv show was on. She is a legend.
Apr 05, 2014 L.M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My dad bought this for me when I was...16 so maybe this is why I have such fond memories from reading this book. It was hilarious, if you like Ellen you're definitely going to like this book. Some parts of the book is funnier than other parts, but I think anyone who reads it can relate to the things the author writes about in this book. If you need a good laugh read it. Especially on the bus or on the tube because you won't be able to keep from laughing and what is better on your boring daily co ...more
May 12, 2015 Go rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor, memoir
I like the occasional pointless book but it needs to have some entertainment value, this fell short. Too bad, because I like Ellen’s sense of humor. It seemed like she was trying too hard to be funny and it backfired. Towards the end of the book it got annoying as she kept going on about her contractual obligation to write at least 60,000 words for the book. If she would have made fun of life situations it would have worked better. Instead she kept making stuff up. In short—this was rambling non ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles–including how we behave in elevators, airplanes, and restrooms, and why we’re so scared of the boogeyman–to fashion trends, celebrity, and her secret recipe for Ellen’s Real Frenchy French Toast. Most of all, this witty, engaging book offers insights into the mind of one of America’s most beloved comics.… Dear Reader, I was awfully excited when I was asked to write a book. I was however, nervous.
Jan 08, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I love Ellen - I think she is one of the happiest, warmest, kind-hearted people in the world. Her personality and outlook on life and the world in general is an example we should all strive for! I wanted to read all of her books to learn more about her (I love a good memoir), and in this way, the book was a bit disappointing. There were a few very small glimpses of Ellen herself, but for the most part, it was a sprawling comedy routine. Her version of humor didn't evolve much throughout the book ...more
I love Ellen DeGeneres, I really do! However, I don't like this book. I guess I was expecting an autobiography, instead all I got was incoherent ramblings and nonsense. I love her standup comedy from the '80s, I even watched an episode here and there of her television show Ellen, & I adore her new Ellen DeGeneres show. (that is now in its 10th season!)

Is her mind really this chaotic? I found myself really wanting to like this book, but in the end I didn't even want to finish it. After the
Jan 06, 2014 Stacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny-stuff
Iditarod. The funniest visual, one that has carried me through life. I, myself, may one day choose to aspire to lash a handful of neighborhood dogs together and train my heart out...for a cold weather event (I live on the Gulf Coast) only, in the interest of copyright infringement, I will use cats...or squirrels. They are faster...and lighter. More agile.

Following your dreams, set goal, meet goal, overcoming obstacles, etc. Important advice; this is like an (maybe unintentional:) handbook for g
Oct 26, 2015 Aja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started this book over the summer and the humor just never did it for me, hence I am finishing it in October. A lot of the jokes feel kinda forced and slap stick. And I'm an Ellen fan for sure. But this one just didn't get me or I didn't get it or something. The only time I found myself relating to the humor was when I was on the metro which I realize is odd. It's like you almost have to be partially distracted to enjoy it. Weird, huh?
Olivia Reid
May 20, 2015 Olivia Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it and did a book report on this book in 8th grade (back when it first came out)! I loved it. I laughed and laughed and really enjoyed reading the musings of a mind similarly as unconventional as mine. I have no idea how I got away as passing this off as a "biography" but I convinced my teacher that it was. Of course, at that time, her name was not as well known.

I wish I still had this book and my middle school paper on it!
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Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in Edtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of "Dory" in the Pixar animated hit film Finding Nemo. She also starred
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