I was surprised to find that this book wasn't actually all that funny. Instead, it was more of a serious memoir which focused a lot on issues of anxieI was surprised to find that this book wasn't actually all that funny. Instead, it was more of a serious memoir which focused a lot on issues of anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. All worthy items to discuss in a book, just not what I was expecting.
And although expectation is something that can be overcome, in this book the discussion seemed to reinforce some of those issues. For example, Amy discusses how hard it is to write a book. Over and over and over again. To the point where her anxiety and self-doubt creeps in a bit. It went beyond a little self-deprecating humor and over the line into uncomfortableness for me.
That said, there were funny parts.
And the being acknowledged, I also felt like this book was all about name dropping. I'm sure if you know all about the world of comedy, you would know and be impressed by all of those names. I do not. In many ways this is a book about the comedy field. But not a primer. A book for those already in the know. And because I was expecting a funny book and not an in the know book about comedy, well...I felt a little annoyed (excluded?) in reading this book.
And, this just gets me about every memoir I've ever read...if you introduce a person in a chapter, you do not have to reintroduce said person in subsequent chapters. I know who they are!! I often think this happens because multiple essays are put together into a book. BUT - Arg, it just frustrates me!!!
And this is not the fault of the writing or stories in the book, but the pages were super shiny. This is so stupid, but it made the book hard to read. So upon reading this book I discovered something about myself - I like reading books with matte pages. And isn't that the reason to read - discovering something new? ...more
I thought it would be cute. I thought it would be clever, but this was laugh out loud funny.
So I'll be the first to admit that IThis book....is funny!
I thought it would be cute. I thought it would be clever, but this was laugh out loud funny.
So I'll be the first to admit that I haven't read all of the books featured. Therefore, I didn't understand all of the "texting" going on between the characters. (I just skipped those parts of the book honestly.)
But the ones that I did READ. Laughter!!! This book kept my family quite amused during the Christmas holiday at all of our family gathers.
I think my favorite exchange in the whole book was between Rochester and Jane:
Rochester: DID YOU LEAVE ME BECAUSE OF MY ATTIC WIFE IS THAT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. Jane: Yes, absolutely.
I don't know why but it just cracks me up!!!
Classic literature aside, the modern stories are just as good - everything from the Babysitter's Club to the American Girl books.
This might not be a book that you just sit down and read - but one worth leaving out on your coffee table for people to peruse while they are visiting....more
This books was sweet and funny! And short. I read it in about 2.5 hours and I think it was the perfect length. Longer and it would have gotten old. ThThis books was sweet and funny! And short. I read it in about 2.5 hours and I think it was the perfect length. Longer and it would have gotten old. The book chronicles Justin Helpern's (non-existent) love life Until he meets Amanda who he eventually marries. I never rally followed the s*€t my dad says trend, so this book was just a whim for me. I recognized some of the scenes (although I couldn't place from where at first). After looking it up,the tv show Surviving Jack is based on the book. Enjoyable with some laugh out loud moments. ...more
This book was a fun read. I laughed out loud while reading it, and it made me like Mindy Kaling even more than I already do!
It is a little bit disjoinThis book was a fun read. I laughed out loud while reading it, and it made me like Mindy Kaling even more than I already do!
It is a little bit disjointed...the first part flows more coherently and the second is a bunch of rambling. But funny rambling. Funny rambling that made me laugh. And honestly, I feel like that's probably just how Mindy really is.
So I liked it, it was entertaining. It was fun to read. ...more
I loved this book! Let me tell you about my book reading journey: 1. I had to go to the airport at the butt crack of dawn (Five stars++++++++++++++++++
I loved this book! Let me tell you about my book reading journey: 1. I had to go to the airport at the butt crack of dawn (4am) and downloaded a bunch of books including this one. I somehow timed everything right so I didn't really have to wait before boarding. How did that happen? (Oh wait I know...I was traveling with my perpetually late husband and we didn't leave on time). I digress. It's 5:30am, I'm on a plane, and I can never sleep on planes. So I start to read this book. And I immediately begin laughing. Not the chuckle in your head laughing, but the laugh out loud kind of laugh that you try to hold in because it's 6am and people are actually trying to sleep and tears are running down your face and you are not successful at quietly laughing. Yes, that kind of laughing. 2. In the airport terminal in Atlanta, Georgia waiting for a plane change, my husband asks me: what exactly is wrong with you today? Did you start drinking and are you drunk? No: I am just reading about vaginas and cat rapists. And then I realize that Hmmm....out of context that maybe isn't funny. 3. At the hotel, my husband proceeds to stay up the whole night to work on something he should have finished a heck of a lot sooner and he is a ball of stress. By default I am a ball of stress. And by default I, too, am up all night. So I read and giggle and doze off to sleep. But when I fall asleep, I keep dreaming about what is in the book and I keep waking myself up laughing. Gosh darn it, I fall asleep and I wake myself up laughing! 4. I go to a pretty park near a waterfall and sit on a swinging bench swing on a beautiful day and read. And laugh. And this causes people to look at me funnily. I tell one lady - this is just the funniest book I've ever read. I just can't help it! 5. I'm at dinner eating by myself because my husband is doing the stuff he came on this trip to do and I'm reading because otherwise I would be bored sitting in a restaurant by myself. (Well...let me be honest, even if I was with my husband in the restaurant I would still be reading.). Anyway, I'm reading and I took a drink and then it promptly came out of my nose. Yes. That happened.
This. Book. Is. Awesome.
A bit of seriousness: But what really made it great was that it had heart. And honesty. And included some very real/heartbreaking/sad moments. What surprised me the most, was how I related to her husband. I usually don't like books where the characters have anxiety disorders or OCD. Hits too close to home (my husband not me). And when this book started to veer in that direction I started to cringe. But, she managed to be so lighthearted about it when I'm sure it really isn't easy for her. But her husband's reactions....I am going to start employing some of his techniques. He should hold seminars. I would go.
I really did love this book!Thank you for making me laugh. It was especially appreciated at a super stressful time and the laughter helped to alleviate some of this stress. :)...more
Well, I didn't hate this book. I also didn't live it. I was really hoping to love it. I picked this as one if my book club reads because I heard ElnaWell, I didn't hate this book. I also didn't live it. I was really hoping to love it. I picked this as one if my book club reads because I heard Elna Baker on This American Life and The Moth. She was always funny, especially in The Moth segment where she talked about her telling her parents she lost her virginity.
The book didn't really have that same humor. Although parts were funny, it was not consistently funny throughout. And it was disjointed. Maybe that is what comes when a stand up comedian (who has to put together short acts or short story telling) tries to craft a book. There wasn't anything strong that pulled this book together.
Sure, it was about her struggle to find herself and comes to grips with her Mormon faith. But she didn't in the end. And while there was a lot of self reflection (and a lot of stories I wouldn't want to willingly share), this book did not feel honest to me. All of the praying and answer receiving did not seem real. At all. I felt that it was forced and contrived just so she had material to write this book.
Then there was her. She was just so wrapped up in herself. She writes about going on a family vacation to Greece. She is the most obnoxious person and t's obvious the entire world has to revolve around her. It was at this point that I stopped liking her.
Honestly, I picked this book because I thought it was a comedic book and not because it was a memoir. It really wasn't consistently funny to be a comedy. There was simply not enough growth and understanding to have it be a good memoir. I'm upset that I wasted my book club pick on this one. ...more
I really liked this book until about 1/2 way through. At about the 1/2 way point the humor remained the same and it got a bit tired for me. However, II really liked this book until about 1/2 way through. At about the 1/2 way point the humor remained the same and it got a bit tired for me. However, I think that if you're a huge comic book/super hero fan then you would probably love this one all the way through....more
I'm so glad that a friend recommended this book. I couldn't put it down! It was funny, sad, heart-warming and just a great read. (I spent an entire plI'm so glad that a friend recommended this book. I couldn't put it down! It was funny, sad, heart-warming and just a great read. (I spent an entire plane ride laughing out loud having the gentleman sitting next to me keep on looking.) Okay - it's not for you if you're easily offended. I loved this interpretation of the life of Joshua (today known as Jesus) as a child/teenager/young adult and the influence others had on his teaching and that he had on others. I loved his best friend Biff. I loved the angel Raziel who kept screwing up and wanted to be Spider Man. I loved Biff's invention of sarcasm (and Joshua's liberal use of it). I loved laughing! There is so much that I liked that this is one I could read over and over and over again. Yet - while some might consider this book too sacrilegious to even pick up - I think it kept to the heart of heart of what Jesus teaches in the Bible. And - as Moore says at the end of the book "This story is not and never was meant to challenge anyone's faith; however, if one's faith can be shaken by stories in a humorous novel, one may have a bit more praying to do." ...more
**spoiler alert** What a breath of fresh air to read after struggling to finish Paolin's book Brisingr. This was lighthearted, easy to read, and FUN!!**spoiler alert** What a breath of fresh air to read after struggling to finish Paolin's book Brisingr. This was lighthearted, easy to read, and FUN!!! I love Gideon Defoe's pirate books. In this one - after loosing the Pirate of the Year contest, he's tricked into buying a "tropical island" in the Atlantic (yes the Atlantic) by his arch nemesis - St. Helena's. He decides to give up pirating in favor of bee keeping and he - along with his trusty pirates - settling in St. Helena's. It's not long that Napoleon is deposited as a prisoner on this island and the Pirate Captain and Napoleon enter into a war to upstage one another.
A great, fast, read. I read it in about 2 hours. My one criticism - the footnotes. They are usually the funniest part of these books. They were a let down this time around. They just didn't have the same flair that they generally do!!!...more
I generally love her essays - I think they are so funny in a goofy sort of way. This one I think was just more of the same - in all ways as some of thI generally love her essays - I think they are so funny in a goofy sort of way. This one I think was just more of the same - in all ways as some of the essays are repeated from previous books. This one wasn't not as good as Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club (which had me literally rolling around on the ground)...more