I've definitely cracked the code. The way for me to enjoy all these books coming out by celebs I love is to listen to the audiobook.
Through the firstI've definitely cracked the code. The way for me to enjoy all these books coming out by celebs I love is to listen to the audiobook.
Through the first half of this book, I kept thinking, "well, it's okay I guess. Maybe I just don't love the way she reads it," and to be honest, it was a little stilted, but the second half was repeatedly hilarious and her reading had improved to the point that I hardly noticed it anymore. A few of the final chapters had me saying "Mindy Kaling and I are the same person..." Which honestly surprised me. I thought I would feel that way about Amy Poehler, but as it turns out I just have a slight Poehler obsession... Just like Mindy Kaling.
I am excited to read her second book. This one was a hilarious blast. ...more
While trying to watch a YouTube video yesterday I was waylaid by a commercial. It was a movie trailer and my finger hovered over the countdown waitingWhile trying to watch a YouTube video yesterday I was waylaid by a commercial. It was a movie trailer and my finger hovered over the countdown waiting the 5 seconds until I could skip it. Within moments I was enthralled and the instant the trailer finished I bought the book and started reading it. I have since seen the trailer no less than 15 times. I wish it came out tomorrow.
Knowing myself rather well, there's almost nothing about this book that would make me think I'd like it. I couldn't reasonably recommend it to anyone who has taste in books like mine. But I loved it. The writing was good, the story was honest, and I just loved it for what it was. Me being me, there was a small piece of me that wished a magic fairy would heal Will or maybe that surgeons would realize if they just operated on the other side of the brain, he'd be well again. However, I knew the whole time nothing like that would happen and I was content to just be still and let myself be enveloped in this story.
I shouldn't love this book, but I do. Can't wait to see the film....more
I'm going to start listening to memoir audiobooks. That was such a fun way to experience this book.
Amy Poehler is amazing and I adore her. This bookI'm going to start listening to memoir audiobooks. That was such a fun way to experience this book.
Amy Poehler is amazing and I adore her. This book was a good time.... but it wasn't a showstopper. My favorite parts were her and Seth Meyer's banter before he read his chapter (and then his chapter), and hearing about her parents and her children. Frankly, the whole chapter about how much she loves her boys and how amazing they are is beautiful. I'm not sure if it was the adoring words or the emotion in her voice as she read about her two boys, but it was moving to hear. I guess I like the really personal schmaltzy stuff. I don't mind that she kept almost all the details of her divorce private, for some reason their breakup made me really sad when it happened and I guess I don't really want to know the details.
However, there were a couple of things I disliked so strongly, it hurt my overall enjoyment of the book:
1-Her frank discussion about doing drugs... I know it was meant to be candid, but her casual manner about drug use was off putting. Marijuana is one thing... but cocaine (etc) is a big nope for me.
2-When she cautioned people not to drink and drive she was very clear that she thought it was a gross and horrible thing to do (that's good), but confessed that she had done it many times before. I have zero tolerance for drunk drivers. I cannot imagine becoming/remaining friends with someone who had ever driven drunk.
3-What was up with the technology chapter? It was partly funny, but mostly really tired. What is with people hating technology and being so superior to it? Just because you don't enjoy or understand it doesn't mean that anyone who does enjoy it is ruining their life and all of their relationships. It's such a "kids these days!" sort of mentality, and I don't enjoy it. I probably wouldn't have such a beef with this if I hadn't very recently heard so many parents and grandparents griping about this ad nauseam.
Overall, if you're a Poehler fan, I would say this book is a worthwhile listen. ...more
I have been a champion of teenagers since I was a teenager myself. Teenagers are fun and funny and smart human beings. The pretentious turd-buckets thI have been a champion of teenagers since I was a teenager myself. Teenagers are fun and funny and smart human beings. The pretentious turd-buckets that pass for protagonists in this book believe that to be true... but only of themselves -all other teens are just ever so stupid and shallow.
Frankly, every teen was written as stupid and shallow in this book if you ask me, but I really hate the way the popular kids are portrayed and the girls in particular. There's a description of them at one point
"I thought about how most of the girls at Eastwood, or at least the ones worth noticing, all looked the same: blond hair, lots of makeup, stupidly expensive handbags. The new girl was nothing like that..."
Could there be anything I hate more than that idea of "you're so cool... not like other girls."
It's lazy writing at best.
Meanwhile, the two main characters shop at thriftstores and talk about Foucault and Banksy which makes them oh so sophisticated and cultured and clever but makes me roll my eyes eternally and write "barf" 9 different times in the margins of this book.
If you like pretentious stories that think they're super deep about pretentious characters that think they're super deep, then boy do I have a book for you!!
I can't remember a time I hated a book as much as I hated this one....more
This book was a good time... not great, but funny and interestingish. Like a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie.
I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was fThis book was a good time... not great, but funny and interestingish. Like a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie.
I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was from about halfway through or so, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me second-guessing myself.
The final two sentences were abysmally stupid, but I like Sarah Strohmeyer... she's like a Hallmark Christmas movie - dependably mediocre and always enjoyable. My favorite thing about her will always be her sense of humor... she's not a 5 star writer with 5 star plots, but her sense of humor jives with mine and that's what counts for me. ...more
This book was such a frustration! I like Julie Klassen usually because you can tell she studies out the era in which she writes, but there was littleThis book was such a frustration! I like Julie Klassen usually because you can tell she studies out the era in which she writes, but there was little of the usual historical information in this book that I have come to expect from her.
Instead, I got stress from the first 50% of the book and nothing but sheer annoyance from the rest. This was honestly one of the worst love triangles I've ever read. Until the very end I was unsure of which man she was going to choose (honestly, I almost wished for neither) because there was no time spent building up a relationship with either of them. I think that must have been on purpose to keep the reader guessing, but it undermined the emotional connection I need to build with the characters in order to care about the outcome of the story. Like, the happy ending is nice and all, but who cares? I guess of all the men in her life he treated her the best, but first, that's a low bar to set and second, I'm not that excited in their relationship or their future.