I listened to the audiobook version read by Tina Fey. I really enjoyed listening to it as it contained a clip or two from Saturday Night Live, and I gI listened to the audiobook version read by Tina Fey. I really enjoyed listening to it as it contained a clip or two from Saturday Night Live, and I got the impression that there were little snippets that were added to the audiobook or were more effective being read outloud rather than reading. I am not a huge fan of memoirs, so I really don't think I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it, but for a road trip to Montreal and Ottawa, the audiobook version was very entertaining. ...more
This was another audio book "read" for me. I've always been interested in Bethany's story - what a courageous and confident young woman! To be fair toThis was another audio book "read" for me. I've always been interested in Bethany's story - what a courageous and confident young woman! To be fair to my low rating, I am not necessarily the target demographic for this book...
Good for Bethany for writing this book! But the writing was a little too "young" for me (there's only so many times I could hear the words "totally awesome" or "super cool", especially in the tone the reader was saying it....). I also wasn't "super" interested in hearing all the details about the production of the film (I got tired of Bethany insisting that she never thought she would be a celebrity).
This book seems like it would be great for a teen to read, but it wasn't the best audio book for me (i.e. the list of surfing terms wasn't really what I was looking for...). I would have liked to hear more about how she overcame obstacles and less about her "fame" (i.e. what shows she appeared on, etc.)....more
I have such a difficult time reviewing memoirs... I even took a couple of days after finishing this book trying to figure out what I wanted to say aboI have such a difficult time reviewing memoirs... I even took a couple of days after finishing this book trying to figure out what I wanted to say about it... In the end, I read some other reviews and want to point you to theirs because they say how I feel about the book especially in terms of 1) Moroney's consistent mentioning of "losing her baby" (when it only seemed to me that her cycle was merely a couple of days late); 2) her need to know the names of the victims; 3) the book as a positive tool for encouraging change in the judicial and victim support systems.
I really want to be able to rate this book higher... I really do! But I think I've come to learn that I just don't enjoy memoirs... I thought I wouldI really want to be able to rate this book higher... I really do! But I think I've come to learn that I just don't enjoy memoirs... I thought I would really enjoy this book (what's there NOT to love about reading about books, small town living, and craftiness?). And while many of the stories were humorous and entertaining, I just found myself... not caring? That's a harsh way to put it, but I don't know how to put it any other way? Not that I have to encounter something profoundly life changing in every book I read, but I found myself just wanting to get through this book and onto something else.
This might sound contradictory to what I've already said, but one part of the book that really spoke to me was the author's reflection on graduate level reading: "For instance, it's a documented phenomenon that people who survive extended periods in graduate school find they can't read for pleasure any more - at least for a while. Finishing my Ph.D., I realized with horror that a pastime that had sustained and encouraged me since the age of three had been crushed by the weight of so many pages read purely for informational gain. Too many books addle the brain, indeed. Trying to get through even the lightest of fiction, that winter of my post-doctoral discontent, I found myself repeatedly skimming for basic plot and meaning, using the same techniques I'd mastered for academic survival. No longer possible the slow savoring of book, wine, fireplace, cat and couch; now it was grasp the gist and move on. Many post-docs have similar tales of woe." Upon reading this, I felt guilty, for I found that I was skimming this book for the most part. So I thought to myself "savor her words, drink in the story..." But very quickly I found myself skimming again... I wish I could blame it on her suggested idea of being in a graduate reading funk... But despite tedious readings for my own graduate work, I do not find myself struggling to enjoy a good novel (or even non-fiction, for that matter, which I also love to read!). So back to skimming I went...
I really did want to enjoy this book more. If nothing, this book has made me want to take a road trip to Big Stone Gap, Virginia to visit her store! ...more