A hysterical memoir! You will laugh with Jenny through her crazy (and mostly true) misadventures, and you will root for her through her hardships. Eas...moreA hysterical memoir! You will laugh with Jenny through her crazy (and mostly true) misadventures, and you will root for her through her hardships. Easily one of the funniest and most entertaining books I have ever read!(less)
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When I started this memoir, it had a lot of promise—a sassy narrator with a quirk...more** Many thanks to Goodreads’ First Reads for a copy of this book! **
When I started this memoir, it had a lot of promise—a sassy narrator with a quirky view who had some interesting experiences. Right off the bat, I was drawn in with Mead’s humor, and she was very likeable. I really liked the first 1/3 of the book, as it dealt with Mead adjusting to life as a phone psychic, along with her wacky stories.
However, there came a point in the memoir where I began to lose interest, and I probably would have stopped reading had I not won the book and wanted to write an honest review. While the story is told chronologically, there are some parts that are just not as interesting as others. For instance, Mead’s tryst with the gym meathead played no bearing on the overarching story line and could have easily been left out. The same goes for the mystery surrounding the mysterious black car; to me, it seemed like the point of the car was to add intrigue that wasn’t necessarily there. All in all, I think that the flow would have been better had it been restructured into vignettes about her interesting experiences, rather than a story that had a chronological flow. I’m just not sure that there was enough material to tie the whole thing together in a chronological manner.
Also, I think that it would have been helpful to know the time frame for the events as they occurred. I realize that Mead organized the book into months, but it was not immediately clear when in time these events happened. I was able to gather from context clues (i.e., cassette tapes, 1994 California earthquake) the time period for this memoir was the early 90’s, but it would have been nice to have that known instead of having to ferret it out through the material.
I do think that this is a great book for someone who has a burgeoning interest in honing his/her psychic abilities. I am not that someone, but I am sure that there will be readers who are inspired by Mead’s story of perseverance. (less)