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Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through: The Story of One Tall Girl's Impulsive, Ill-Conceived, and Borderline Irresponsi ble Life Decisions

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In Her Defense, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time...

Although Anna Goldfarb is very tall, she can't seem to grow up. While her friends lead lives seemingly plucked out of the pages of an Ikea catalog, she is still trying to figure out where she’ll score this week’s beer money.

Maturity used to be something she aspired to, but as a woman in her early thirties, it is fina
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Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
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Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
I started this book with high hopes. I’ve read a lot of this type of humor book (Jen Lancaster, David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, etc) and I eagerly anticipated another fun read based on the description of this book. Sadly, I was very disappointed and annoyed with this first offering by Anna Goldfarb.

First, I feel that the description of the book is misleading. The book is advertised as dealing with her love, career, and living situation, but really the book is ALL about dating with a sentence he
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. As an early 30's single girl, some of these stories were completely relate able!! Anna is brutally honest, hilarious and charming all at once. There were moments where I cringed and moments where I was literally laughing out loud! Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through is the perfect escape from the day to day stress of work and home life. She has the kind of personality that left me thinking "Yes, I could be best friends with this girl". ...more
I don't normally read these kind of books. You know the ones, a twenty-something looks back on his or her questionable dating choices made earlier in the decade with poignancy and humor. I don't normally read these books because I feel like the author seems to have everything figured out by the end of the book and that's not the way life is (and it isn't very relatable).

Anna Goldfarb on the other hand, is incredibly relatable. Her quirks match up with mine. Went to a women's college without mu
Jan 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I wanted so badly to like this book and I kept reading in the hope that the funny bits would outweigh the awful. No.
Jessica Lopez
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could have read this book happily in one afternoon on my couch. Goldfarb tells stories from her hysterical love life as if you were sitting with her in a coffee shop...or maybe drinks and a couple shots of whiskey. I could relate to being a serious college student and felt a sense of relief you can go from attending an all girls school (high school in my case) and still find your way to a fabulously flirty woman. I loved how she wasn't shy to point out her flaws and laughed whenever she quickl ...more
Laura Hogensen
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Goldfarb is a great writer who doesn't take herself too seriously. The book is arranged so that each chapter is a story, usually involving a humorous mishap in her relationships with men. While I enjoyed each one, reading them all together in such a short amount of time was a little depressing. Even though she always comes out of each incident with her pride and positivity intact, I found myself growing a little weary of the loser guys that she's had to deal with. I'd recommend splitting this bo ...more
Lauren Grant
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish I kept a cringe count while reading this book! Anna's ever-funny, ever-awkward dating escapades are just as awesomely hilarious in her book as they are on her website, Shmitten Kitten. Anyone who has ever had a bad date will feel right at home reading this book. My favorite aspect of Anna's writing will always be the way she seamlessly injects random pop culture references as metaphors of her dating life and makes every story that much funnier. 'Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through' is a ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through! It was so much fun! I read it in about 3 days worth of subway rides, shamelessly cracking up while people dozed on me or stared at me like people do... Effortlessly hilarious and honest, Ms. Goldfarb is at her best! ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Nothing to recommend here. She's not 'borderline irresponsible' or edgy, just rude and selfish. But not so much that you love to hate. I couldn't care less. ...more
Rebecca Giordano
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book took me for freaking ever to read.....why? Well, initially I wanted to quit after reading a little paragraph where our main character wants to braid armpit hair on some dude she's seeing....but I thought, maybe it'll get better. So I keep reading, only to get far enough to realize I was going to finish this book so I could 100% say it's got to be my worst read yet. And it was/is. I'm honestly, seriously sorry, I know this author wrote her heart out for this book. But wow, it's awful. ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs
One star even though the story about her meeting the drunk guy who went on and on about how great the Four Seasons was and then going there with him and finding out he'd actually been staying at the Ritz-Carlton made me laugh ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
So this book fits one category that I NEVER read and another that I rarely read. The one that I never read is "chick lit" which is that genre of literature which appeals to a female audience by doing absolutely nothing but endlessly talking about men. The one that I rarely read is memoirs. The reason I avoid memoirs is a little more complex than my reasons for avoiding chick lit, that being mainly that I am a straight man. My reasons for avoiding memoirs is that they are all partially fictional ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I was bestowed the gift of Clearly, I Didn't Think this Through, from the author herself, Anna Goldfarb. Having been a long-time Shmitten Kitten reader, I couldn't wait to dig in. And to my delight, Anna scribed not only a little note in the book for me, but another one on a card in an envelope! Blush! Swoon!

Once I did, I couldn't-put-the-book-down. Normally, reading a book involves lots of checking the top of the book to see how far I've come. "Wow! I'm one-third through the book. Jus
calico Rosenberg
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This author is just so goddamned judgemental, which is especially weird given that the traits she is constantly picking apart are personal knit-picks or very vaguely insinusative of the character implied by the jacket/summary. Now, I really should have quit when she remarked that a certain song by billy joel, who is not insultable, was "arguably the worst of the 80’s", but I think switching between books made her less unadvanced/more readable writing style obvious; I get the impression is above ...more
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Meet Anna Goldfarb: 30-something, grad school-educated, unemployed and living with her parents. While all of her friends are getting jobs, getting married and generally getting on with the business of adulthood, Goldfarb can't seem to nail down a job or even a direction. Not one to let an empty bank account and family interventions get her down, Anna simultaneously exercises her two greatest talents--dating short me
Richard Bon
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anna Goldfarb's humorous, memoir style first novel is absolutely hilarious. Chock full of funny pop culture references spanning the last three decades (from Growing Pains to American Idol and seemingly every tv show, movie, and a lot of music in between), Goldfarb's wit had me laughing out loud while I ate up every detail of her adventures in dating and self-discovery.

What I love about the author's writing style is that she doesn't club us over the head with over-the-top outrageous encounters or
Brooke Everett
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been reading Anna's blog, Shmitten Kitten, for years so it's already established that she cracks me up. (Bring back Drawn Dudes!) There were numerous times throughout when one of her stories immediately made me think of a specific snippet from her blog, whether it was a "Bonerkiller" or an example of "Things in His House that Make Me Sad." Since I'm already familiar with her style PLUS I live in Philadelphia PLUS I'm fully aware of how hilarious/harrowing the dating scene here can be, I fou ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Funny story about a woman-child who makes poor yet hilarious decisions in her life. Quick read.

"That's the thing about wearing tight jeans; it makes wearing anything with an elastic waistband feel like a hug from an angel."

"Frankly, despite my best efforts, I just wasn't well versed in how to be an adult. There were entire swaths of skill sets that I wasn't fluent in. Maturity used to be something I aspired to, but as a woman in my thirties, I wear it like an ill-fitting sweater that I've flung
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Fun, enjoyable, and totally satisfying. Read it in one sitting and wanted more. Anna is a skilled writer with a charming voice and a fantastic sense of humor. Whether on Shmitten Kitten or here in her long-awaited first book, Anna's stories make me feel like I'm finally getting a glimpse of how things appear from the other side of the continental divide. Chucky-jam full of clever dialogue, hilariously telling details, and clever similies, Anna's unabashed account of her dating adventur ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A laugh-out-loud memoir filled with self realization and true acceptance. Goldfarb doesn't apologize for who she is but she does realize some of her likes are extreme such as "My dream guy will hate someone for me on command." Lots of references to 80's and 90's pop culture. She is honest and pure in a writing style that feel fresh without being negative. A great afternoon read. Just make sure you are not in a quiet zone or people will stare when you start laughing like a crazy person. Best exce ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was at a loss for why this book seems to be well received, and then I checked out her facebook page and saw the immense campaign for her readers to review the book. This book is page after page of a woman settling, getting treated poorly and generally having no clue. While the idea of the book sounds appealing, and would be with added wit, I found myself wondering exactly why I would care about the protagonist. Not only does Ms. Goldfarb seem clueless, she also comes across as lazy, selfish an ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs-bios
I usually enjoy Anna Goldfarb's articles and e-press work, and I thought her memoirs would be comparably engaging, light-hearted, and funny. They were not. In addition to the stories being... well... boring, Goldfarb's prose is meandering and simply trying too hard. I felt like I was out for drinks with a slightly manic, really nervous 30-something who wanted desperately to convey that she was hilarious and filled with the kind of joy reserved for childlike wonder. There were so many "quirky asi ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
***I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway***
I have never read a book of humor before so I thought I would give this a try. I just didn’t get it. Maybe I don’t have a sense of humor, or maybe the subject matter was outside my area of interest. But if something is truly funny do you actually have to be interested in it to think it is funny? I am not sure. I can say the book was very well written. It had a light and casual style that I enjoyed. I just wish I would have enjoyed the content mor
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've followed Anna Goldfarb's blogs for a few years now. I was so excited to read her first book and it did not disappoint! It was everything I've come to know and love about her writing which always leaves me feeling like I've just caught up with a good friend over a bottle of wine. I love the way she weaves a story - from the small details she picks out in the most awkward of situations to her self-deprecating humor. This book had me laughing out loud every other page and I can't wait for more ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Finished at page 256 due to having to return this book to the library and then moving out of town.

This was a good read. It is a quirky written memoir of that awkward phase into womanhood and independence where every woman has a few naughty / secret tales up their sleeves. I really wanted to like this book more then I did so I have to give it a 3 1/2 Stars, and perhaps this is because I didn't get to finish it, I may never know... but I think it is a pretty awesome effort and I hope to see more
Cody Endres
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm writing this review on behalf of my fiance. I won this book via a goodreads giveaway because I thought she might be interested in it. She preceded to read the entire work the same day we received it. I couldn't tear her away from this book. She actually laughed outloud during some portions. Not that my fiance hates books or anything, but she isn't much of an avid reader yet she absolutely loved this book. To any guys between the ages of 20-30: this would make a wonderful gift for your girl. ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a longtime reader of Shmitten Kitten, I knew I would love this book, and Anna Goldfarb absolutely delivered. This book is hilarious. I laughed until I was in pain. I could have easily finished it in one sitting, but it was so funny, I wanted to take it chapter by chapter when I needed a laugh. Fans of the blog will love it, as will people who just enjoy stories of other people's comically disastrous dating experiences. I loved this book. I REALLY hope she writes another! ...more
Abby Huff
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anna is hilarious. I don't think I have ever read a book that made me laugh so much at things that were so true.

Anna a 33 year old 6'-1" women has just moved back in with her parents after not being able to find a job after Grad School. Each chapter recounts a weird dating situation she went through.

Anna isn't a movie or TV star, she is a normal person with normal problems that any single unemployed girl can relate to.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've read some of Anna Goldfarb's articles and thought they were humourous and well-written. I do not think that about this book. It has funny quips aplenty, but It also seems like the kind of long-winded, whiny, self-indulgent story a friend tells you over too many beers, to which you respond "cool story, bro." I wanted to like it more. I think Anna Goldfarb has great future potential as an author if she gets outside her own head and observes others more. ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
eh. sometimes these memoir-type books are insightful, hilarious, or even poignant. this one felt self-serving and superficial, almost bragging about her aimlessness and poor decisions. some of the dating stuff was funny, but after a while, it was just annoying. i'm not getting ANY dates, so to complain about your ample but less-than-perfect dates is a little grating.

for a fluffy impulse read, it pretty much fit the bill.
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