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Everything Is Wrong with Me: A Memoir of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong

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“People who grow up like this tend to become agoraphobics, serial killers, or really funny writers. Mulgrew, I think – hope? – is the last of these three things. His stories of childhood made me laugh out loud.” — Rob McElhenney, star, creator, and producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

“The somewhat alarming, always interesting world inside Jason’s brain has now bee
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Harper Perennial
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Lisa
Apr 23, 2010 Lisa rated it did not like it
I admit to to buying this book based on it's cover. It's just such a funny title and cute picture, plus the gushing recommendations on the back cover made it practically irresistable to me. In short, I just had to read it. Well, I was duped. This book is a self-indulgent rant about the author's life. He clearly doesn't see the difference between self-depreciating humor and disclosures about his masturbatory habits. Which occur far too often both in the text and in the footnotes. His far too freq ...more
Lindsay
Apr 02, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads giveaways. The synopsis sounded like the kind of book I would like so I thought why not?

Ok, so here's maybe why not:

I really like informal writing; I don't need to read great works of literature by stuffy authors. However, Jason Mulgrew is just too informal. Throughout the entire book he reminds you that he is lazy, not too successful (either in life or with love), and kind of a douche-bag. It's one thing to be self-deprecating, but to go on and on and on (and o
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Meghan
Mar 01, 2010 Meghan rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this one since I’ve kept up with Mulgrew’s blog sporadically over the past few years. His most hilarious posts are usually linked to a ridiculous character from his childhood or a crazy stunt by his macho, hard drinking father. A white-collar professional in New York City now, it’s clear that his blue-collar upbringing in Philadelphia shaped his worldview and writing.

Unfortunately, Everything is Wrong With Me reads too much like disjointed blog entries and less like the funny, m
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Mark Ferguson
Feb 26, 2010 Mark Ferguson rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Mulgrew's sense of humor reminded me of a lot of essayists I like - the great use of parenthetical asides, footnotes, and disturbing honesty and self-deprecation. I'm not that interested in quirky memoirs about adolescence in general, but I read this based on recommendations and the amazingly fantastic cover photo. I hope to read more from Mulgrew in the future, and not only because the book made me feel better about all the embarrassments of my childhood.
Lori
Apr 21, 2010 Lori rated it liked it
Arc from publisher

Memoir's can be a tricky animal.

First, you gotta have a life worth writing about.

I didn't know much about the author, Jason Mulgrew, although I did hear his blog is what put him on the map. Apparently he has a lot to share, and has no problems sharing it! And I suppose if you put enough of your life story out there, and you grow a large enough readership, you are destined to put pen to paper and publish a book with the smartest, wittiest, most embarrassing moments for EVERYONE
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Jennifer
Jul 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, humor
Brief Description: A memoir of the author’s life growing up in South Philadelphia, though it seemed to be just as much about his dad’s exploits.

My Thoughts: The main reason I was attracted to this memoir was because of the Philadelphia setting, which is located just 30 minutes from my current home and where I grew up. (Although I’m not a South Philly girl by any stretch of the imagination.) Apart from a bit of an insight into being in the Mummers (a South Philly tradition), this memoir just didn
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Badly Drawn Girl
May 23, 2010 Badly Drawn Girl rated it liked it

I feel sort of bad giving this book 3 stars because it's definitely one of the better snarky memoirs I've read. I mean compared to Tucker Max this guy is Shakespeare. I did enjoy this book, and I liked the self deprecating humor. But I cannot imagine giving this type of book more than 3 stars. It just doesn't, in my opinion, deserve to be compared to the other books I've bestowed that rating. So I guess to clarify, if you like this type thing, you'll probably love this book. It's funny and worth
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Kathleen
Am almost done with it...very interesting in an ecclectical kind of way. Goes to show we tend to grow up in very similar ways, no matter what part of the country you're from....what counts more is in what period of time you grew up in...it seems to define they way you grew up more
Erica
Oct 19, 2009 Erica added it
Completely hilarious. In his intro, the author says this is a book for anyone who's ever wondered how they came from their parents, and since I and eveeryone else I know wonders that about me, this was perfect for me.
Amanda Schwenkel
Apr 30, 2010 Amanda Schwenkel rated it it was amazing
Five stars because I actually know this guy. His humor is a bit like Tucker from "I hope they serve beer in hell".
Sarah Lucas
Dec 27, 2012 Sarah Lucas rated it did not like it
Awful writing. Awful person. He has no interesting stories of his own so he uses stories from his parents life instead.
Ricarla
Apr 16, 2013 Ricarla rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the most hilarious books I've ever read.
Kelly
There is nothing funnier to me than hearing someone's embarrassing stories from their childhood, especially if they involve parents that make The Chances look like the Huxtables. But these stories, these stories are not funny nor even remotely interesting. These are stories that are only funny had you been there. And while I appreciate all the shout outs to Philly (Holla!), it wasn't enough to make this book enjoyable. Save yourself a few bucks and just read Mr. Mulgrew's blog. A condensed versi ...more
G
Mar 02, 2010 G rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what was funniest story was in this book, it may have been the fact that he was taught to refer to his penis as his “bird,” or when he wrote a paragraph about his pack of wild friends with goofy names such as Jimmy the Muppet and asked the readers to envision Ray Liotta narrating the paragraph in the style of Henry Hill from Goodfellas, or if it was Jason’s wild over-use of hysterical footnotes. I’m leaning toward the footnotes. My favorite can be found on page 154, and the footnote ...more
Larry Hoffer
When you look back on your childhood as an adult, things are often much funnier than they were when you were growing up. And if you have the type of childhood that Jason Mulgrew had, a) you have the makings of one hell of a memoir, and b) you're probably lucky you survived.



In his funny and immensely self-deprecating memoir, Everything is Wrong with Me, humorist Jason Mulgrew recounts his childhood growing up in working class Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s. From the auspicious beginning of
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Denny
Aug 19, 2013 Denny rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I expected the memoir "Everything is Wrong with Me" to read just like my own childhood because the author, Jason Mulgrew, is a year younger than me. But instead of the suburbs in the 1980's, Mulgrew grew up in a rowhome in working class South Philadelphia, in a neighborhood where your "Mummer's Club"--like an American Legion hall for non-veterans--is your drinking club for life, your grandfather runs numbers for the mob, seemingly everyone is involved in petty crime or casual brushes with violen ...more
Diane
Apr 29, 2010 Diane rated it liked it
Jason Mulgrew has a popular blog entitled Everything is Wrong With Me: 30, Bipolar and Hungry. He writes humorously about his life and reading his posts about the NCAA tourney, hanging out in bars, living in NYC, it reminds you of pretty much most guys you know in that age group.

Mulgrew is now a published author, which for the slacker that he describes himself as, is quite an accomplishment. Everything is Wrong Me: A Memoir of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong appeals to anyone who grew up
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Lauren
Aug 28, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads, memoirs
Everything is Wrong with Me was originally a blog written by Jason Mulgrew. Looking over a few posts of his, it doesn’t look too bad. In general, though, I’m not a big fan of blogs-turned-books, and this was a prime example of why. Some of the stories in the book were mildly entertaining. It kind of reminded me of one of my favorite shows, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which is probably why: Mulgrew is from an Irish community in the Philadelphia area and gets in a lot of stupid trouble wi ...more
Brandon
Oct 22, 2012 Brandon rated it liked it
Jason Mulgrew's family is his own definition of crazy. He grew up in Philadelphia, his parents are divorced, and said parents kinda sorta dated after they split. Plus, the family stole cable and one time his father broke his own neck by diving off a pier. This is the story of that stuff that happened.

Years ago right after we had become acquainted with one another but before we had reached that level of friendship that lends itself to massive revelation of annoyances past and present, my buddy Br
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Jessica
Jun 23, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Author Jason Mulgrew grew up in a dysfunctional family with a chain-smoking alcoholic father in a tough blue collar neighborhood wrought with class struggles and racial tension. While some people in this environment would end up with a serious case of neurosis, Mulgrew turns his childhood into comic gold in his hilarious memoir, Everything is Wrong with Me: A Memoir of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong. In the book, Mulgrew examines his offbeat upbri
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Kris
Mar 21, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok
Remember that guy in high school? The one that spent all his time drinking beer and talking about getting drunk, or getting laid, or some combination of the two? All his jokes were about boobs, or poop, or his penis? Now imagine if that guy wrote a book where he re-told all those stories and jokes from when you were in high school. Sure some of it was funny, at the time, and some of it is still a little funny, but most of it was childish in high school, and it's even more so now.
This is the kind
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July
May 29, 2015 July rated it did not like it
This is one of my first DNFs (did not finish) in a while. This book is marketed as a comic memoir, and it tries really hard to be that. At the end of the day, it's a little too bipolar for me. The tone is too uneven. In one sentence, the author will be talking about something fairly serious, and then he throws in a manic stupid joke. I understand that the book is billed as funny, but dude, you're allowed to be serious sometimes without throwing a half-assed joke in there. I think I would have be ...more
Stacie
Apr 18, 2010 Stacie rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, humor
Only a handful of pages into this book and I was erupting with laughter. Of course, it's full of self deprecation, potty humor and generational anecdotes that might not be for everyone. Like his humor or hate it, Mulgrew's an excellent writer and has proved that over the years through his blogging. His first book is no exception; however, I think I related to this book more because I grew up for a time in eastern PA and his stories were eerily familiar. As is mentioned above, not sure if this on ...more
Melissa Guimont
Jul 21, 2014 Melissa Guimont rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, humor
I have a hard time diving right into a book but I was hooked on this one from the preface. I find his humor and informal writing to be just right. Although I could do without some of the footnotes, I find this is a great perspective of what was going on in his childhood. I've seen quite a few negative reviews of this one, but I just figure that those people don't share his unique sense of humor. I laughed at this one and recommend it to the people that wonder "why am I this way?...is this my par ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 07, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This was a very entertaining read. I really enjoyed the author's quirky tales and just wanted to keep reading about his unique and interesting experiences that he encountered throughout his life. I enjoyed his sense of humor which is probably why I enjoyed reading his memoir so much.
Nat Irvine
Dec 07, 2015 Nat Irvine rated it it was ok
Some funny sentences and amusing anecdotes but doesn't quite feel worthy of a book-length memoir. Probably works better in small doses as a blog.
Tima
There were some extremely funny parts of this book that gave me great hope of ending the year on a humorous memoir. It fell flat somewhere around the middle and never really picked up again. I didn't like his excessive footnotes (which is mainly because they are fairly tedious to view on the Kindle) and skipped the last half of them during the book. I also didn't like how much he made light of driving drunk, it just rubs me the wrong way.

Overall, he seems like a pretty funny guy who should have
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Jon
Apr 14, 2011 Jon rated it really liked it
Well, let me start by saying that I supremely resent this guy for having both a well-paying job in New York and a blog that started roughly the same time as mine that he parlayed into a legitimately published book. I don't have a book. I have several spiral-bound books. No one's read them yet. Except me.

Jason's book has a lot of jokes, and if you don't already know the punchlines from reading his blog, it will be very dependably funny. And there's some really good stuff in there when he abandons
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Alice
Apr 08, 2014 Alice rated it did not like it
Author's memoir about him and his penis. Supposed to be funny. Not even remotely so
Evans
Mar 10, 2016 Evans rated it liked it
It was cute, and vulgar, and overall a fun read. Not something that really wowed me though. I'd love to give the author another shot though. His humor was on point.
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