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Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour

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When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert—with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money—finally scores her big break. And, after a fluke at customs in Vienna, she gets her golden ticket: an unstamped passport, giving her free rein to “find herself” on a grand tour of Europe. Traveling from Vienna to Zu ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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If Eat, Pray, Love were written by David Sedaris:

A. It would have been interesting.
B. It would have been 108% less annoying and 127% less preachy.
C. It would be Everything Is Going To Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour

Can you be under thirty and publish the second volume of your memoirs? You can if you're the super funny Rachel Shukert. In her first book Have You Know Shame and Other Regrettable Stories, Shukert took us as far as the start of her life at NYU. In her new bo
I won this book off of Goodreads' First-reads and I had such high expectations when I got this book. I thought "Hmmm......a girl fresh out of college goes overseas on a theater tour only to find herself....interesting!" Boy was I wrong.

This book was a little bit of a struggle to get through. I know right away when I like a book, I'll want to keep going. Here, I had to struggle to not put down the book after the first chapter. The way that Shukert uses humor to diffuse the story that she's tellin
For the love of god, please keep reading this book review because you NEED to know WHY you must try to win (or BUY, or, at least READ) a copy of Everything Is Going To Be Great by Rachel Shukert.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel Shukert at a book blogger event hosted by Harper Perennial (I just love them!) during the 2010 BookExpo America and the Book Blogger Convention week last May at the Algonquin Hotel. (I know, pretty friggin fancy, aren’t I?) I was hurting desperately due to major shoe
As a 99-cent book on itunes goes, it was OK. I was hopeful at the beginning, which had some laugh-out-loud moments, but the irreverent writing style soon wore thin when there was little actual substance. I didn't find Rachel to be likeable or relatable - I guess because I was capable of making better decisions in my early teens than she was in her twenties. After awhile, it just got tiring.

I wasn't offended by the language or humor, which I'm assuming is why a lot of people gave it low reviews.
Hilarious. Here's a peek. "Amsterdam can be an impossible place to navigate...The only foolproof way to get anywhere is ask a native for directions, which they are usually happy to provide. But this too poses a difficulty, because the names of Dutch streets are, to a native English speaker, completely impenetrable...a street name can easily have more than twenty letters, which, I'm sure you'll agree, is completely f*cking ridiculous...Therefore, the best solution is simply to pronounce the unpro ...more
This is Eat Pray Love for the cynical fun-haver. No spiritual mumbo jumbo here, thank god. Just loads of cocktails, misadventures with horny foreigners, and a whole lot of laughs. Finished it in one day and not because it was a light read—because I couldn't put it down. Oh, and even more evidence that Christopher Hitchens is full of shit because this broad is high-larious!
Less a travel memoir and more a sex/sexual encounter memoir. I'm not a prude and I love this genre, but this book was just a little too self-indulgent for my taste. The tone is humorous and the pacing is good, but overall the book didn't do it for me. The people who love this appear (via other reviews) to love exactly what I did not.
Rachel Shukert has a unique gift. It's not her talent for writing which is remarkably smart and witty, nor her skill in theater. It's her exceptional perception of herself and her ability to keenly expose both the admirable and the despicable aspects of herself. That she does so without the use of apologies and without a shred of youthful conceit gives her memoir, Everything Is Going to Be Great another leg up.

Both happenstance and serendipity find Rachel living in Europe. An unstamped passport
If you've ever dreamed of traveling to Europe with no money or any real idea of how you are going to live, this is the book for you. If you have a young daughter who wants to do that, do not read this book, it will scare the hell out of you.

Subtitled An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour, Shukert recounts her many adventures traveling around Europe, first as the member of an acting troupe with a sketchy agenda, and then on her own, courtesy of an unstamped passport which allowed her
Caitlin Constantine
Lately the publishing world has seen fit to gift us with a subgenre of memoir written by youngish American lady performers as they detail their sexual escapades and the ridiculous partners with whom they engaged in said sexcapades. I have read at least half a dozen of them (although I have yet to indulge in their converse, the ones about religious ladies who struggle to keep both faith and hymen intact as they brave the Big City) and for the most part I find them disappointing. For me the nadir ...more
Kim Forsythe
Full disclosure: I received this book as a First Reads winner.

I was a little skeptical at first. I requested the book because, like most things, I liked the cover more than the other books on the list. I had never heard of Rachel Shukert before requesting the book, but after I received it I started seeing her name everywhere. People were raving about her and her second memoir. It is always such a pleasant surprise to find out that after being completely shallow in your reading choices you are re
You know that “friend” you have who’s a complete fuck-up and tells the funniest stories about the debacle that is her life? She isn’t a real friend, someone you’d trust with your spare keys, for instance, or to console you when tragedy strikes, but she’s oh so much fun to be around. Now imagine that friend went to Europe for a year and has just called to dish the dirt. That’s Rachel Shukert’s memoir in a nutshell. You’ll laugh when she reveals that the Dutch don’t believe in lactose-intolerance ...more
Michaella Hogan
I feel like with a biography or memoir the point for the author is to get the reader to care about about them or at least get us to understand them and the choices they've made. And unfortunately , probably because of my lack of former knowledge of the author and our different life styles, I didn't care about her nor understand her. However I do applaud that she obviously wrote down a very dark, awkward time of her life for the world to see. And she is very funny with all of the pop cultural ref ...more
James Lang
The author of this nonfiction travel memoir finds that her passport did not get stamped upon her arrival in Vienna with a theater compnay, and uses that excuse to overstay a trip to Europe. The book promises a description of a European Grand Tour, but if this trip was sold to me as a grand tour I would want my money back. She spends a few weeks in Vienna and then several months in Amsterdam and . . . that's pretty much it. So you don't really get the kind of exposure to Europe that the title see ...more
I can't believe it took me so long to discover Rachel Shukert! She is one of the funniest and freshest new voices I've come across in a very long time. I thought "How Dare You" was fantastic, but her newest book, part memoir, part travelogue/part lambaste of everything from Santa Claus to Phil Collins was hysterical. I laughed at least once per page. I'm not talking about a chuckle to yourself kind of laugh either; I'm talking milk-out-your-nose-get-thrown-out-of-public-places belly laughter.
Ernestasia Siahaan
Apart from introducing me with all sorts of creeps you may get entangled with if you're :
a) too desperate to have anyone to like/want you, and
b) too naive that you actually feel flattered by strangers groping you,
the book didn't really offer me anything I couldn't already find in typical cynical/self-deprecating comedy.

The title is at the same time misleading and true. The book is not about anything normal people would think of when they read the words "European Grand Tour". The author only went
It was only until the final third that I was really even interested Shukert's story.
Jocelyn Zombie
If you find other people's bad decisions funny and interesting, you will love this book.

(If you find other people's bad decisions funny and interesting, you should probably read Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation instead. But you know, if you have a number of really long plane flights and that only gets you through one of them... this book could be worse).
Since I'm studying abroad in London this summer, I have been obsessed with reading books about people traveling to Europe. When I saw this memoir on goodreads, it sounded like something I would love to read, so I picked it up. Sadly to say, I wasn't all that of a fan of Rachel's story and how her "European Grand Tour" turned out.

First off, Rachel's Grand Tour of Europe only really happens in Amsterdam. She spends a couple of pages in France and some in another country, but the rest takes place
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Reviewed on my blog: The Perpetual Page-Turner

Rating: Between 2.5 stars and 3.
How I got this book: Sent to me by the awesome people at Harper Perennial
Why I read this: I'm obsessed with travelogues and was so excited because it about a girl who was a recent college grad and I figured I'd be able to live vicariously through her as a recent college grad myself!

This book and I had a love/hate relationship. I started this book and found myself loving it and then I hit a chunk where I wanted to flin
I normally say "My take on...," when I post a review, but I have to make an exception with Everything is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert. I'm just giving my thoughts on this one because I couldn't finish it. I usually give books 50-60 pages before deciding it's not for me. I gave it 168 to be exact, before deciding I had to stop. Here is why:

Everything is Going to Be Great is about Shukert's journey in Europe after landing a role in a play. After graduating with a fancy degree from NYU, Shuk
Kelly Hager
Rachel is a budding actress and is on her way to Europe to perform in a play (as an extra). While there, she falls in and out of bars, beds and love.

This is a memoir, and it's hard not to cheer Rachel on while she tries to find herself in Europe. She makes bad choices, but part of that is because she's in her early twenties on the trip. (And really, kudos to her, because most of what I did in my early twenties should not ever be written down.)

This book is ridiculously funny, but most of the rea
My library got a whole slew of new books in the travel section - one of my favorite sections - and because I'm a frequent book borrower, I immediately noticed all the new bindings staring back at me from the shelf. I picked this one because I enjoy reading travel narratives, and since I'm on a big Europe kick lately, I thought it would be fun to read.

This book is hardly what I expected, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. I thought by "grand tour", it was going to be something of a trip throug
Rachel Carr
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As we embark on this journey with Rachel Shukert we are immediately intertwined into her whirlwind adventures. In Everything Is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert we are thrust into a world of snide and sarcastic comments, and I love it! Rachel a recent NYU graduate with a wonderful and extremely useful degree in Acting. Jewish girls everywhere listen up! Remember those calls from your mother po
I received Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour from the publisher as a Goodreads First Read giveaway prize in August, and started it immediately. And then I got sidetracked. And sidetracked again. And again. And...well, you get the point. This wasn't because I didn't like the book, because I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. I'm not actually sure why it took me so long to finish, but at any rate, I am finished (finally), and here's my review ...more
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
I have to start this review by letting you all know that I am a complete and total prude. Luke likes to tell me that if I were a super hero, my name would be Super Prude. I would have ice cold lazer beams of disapproval that I shoot from my eyes. It's shocking but true, I am prim and proper. I make responsible life decisions and like to plan in advance.

Given my complete and total prudery, you might not think I'd enjoy this book, which is all about the author's experience with alcohol, men, and l
Read my full review here:

Rachel Shukert's 2nd memoir (she's in her mid-twenties and already has two memoirs, so yeah, she's had some adventures), Everything is Going to be Great: an Underfunded and Overexposed Grand European Tour was an absolutely hilarious read. Filled with sometimes nearly unbelievable tales of sexual escapades (sexcapades), affairs, cultural misunderstanding and uncanny coincidence, you might
In Everything Is Going To Be Great, Shukert manages to get herself into some odd situations. She eats penis-shaped hot dogs in the company of skinheads in Vienna, she buys a bike from a junkie in Amsterdam, and while inquiring about a dentist she ends up in bed with two friendly men (but against her will).

This and more you can find in this funny memoir. There’s funny writing and funny situations. I personally liked reading about the things that happen to Shukert a lot, but I found her attempts t
1 book I read―Everything Is Going To Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour by Rachel Shukert

2 words that describe the book―Sex Memoir (NOT so much a travel memoir as you might think)

3 setting where the book took place or characters I met

* Setting: Primarily Vienna and Amsterdam, Modern Day

* Rachel Shukert is a Jewish girl from Omaha who moves to New York City to make it as an actress. She is broke and barely getting by when she finally gets her “big break”—working for a te
Nothing is more embarrassing than reading this book while on a bus with 33 of your coworkers and laughing so hard you snort, only to be asked what you were laughing so hard about and explaining as quietly as possible that you were laughing at a description of the author performing fellatio on an older Austrian gentleman when, to her surprise, she is face to face with an uncircumcised penis.

Actually, come to think of it, even more embarrassing is explaining all of this to your mother — I had the
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“Now, through an act as simple as walking across a stage and collecting an empty plastic folder representing a degree, our stock had plummeted to nothing, the wretched leavings of some cosmic Ponzi scheme. A lifetime's worth of planning and training and delusion gone with the wind. Some of us were moving home to live free of charge in our parents' guest rooms, or if we were thin enough, heading west to try our luck in L.A.; others, to our collective horror, were being forced to work at actual jobs.” 1 likes
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