I adore Ellen and love her show but this book barely made the 3 star rating. I was ready to love this book but couldn’t for several reasons. The bookI adore Ellen and love her show but this book barely made the 3 star rating. I was ready to love this book but couldn’t for several reasons. The book is supposed to be an update on Ellen’s life during the past 8 years (when her last book came out). I haven’t read Ellen’s previous books but some major things have happened in recent years that I was curious to read about from her point of view. Sadly, the memoir lacks a clear sense of organization or direction. Ellen is constantly going off on these inner monologues or side conversations that make it difficult follow along with the issues she’s trying to discuss. When I was able to follow along, I happened to agree with most of what she said.
This book is short, being only 241 pages in the hardcover version and about 3 hours in the audio edition. I decided to listen to this as an audio book and am so glad I did. I’m not sure I would be able to read and follow along clearly in the print version. There was also a lot of filler content that was unnecessary. I could have done without the section where Ellen reads off journal entries or the chapter that solely consisted of her making silly noises. These parts only contributed to the unorganized, scattered, and overall rushed feeling of the book. There needed to be more input by Ellen, quality content, and numerous revisions. The book’s saving grace is the writer and narrator herself. I was still able to enjoy the book despite its flaws because Ellen’s warm, honest, and funny personality shined through no matter where the book tried to take you. ...more