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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  803 ratings  ·  55 reviews
From standup comic Cameron Esposito, a memoir that tackles sexuality, gender and equality--and how her Catholic upbringing prepared her for a career as an outspoken lesbian comedian in ways the Pope never could have imagined.

Cameron Esposito wanted to be a priest and ended up a standup comic. She would like to tell the whole, freaking queer as hell story. Her story. Not
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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    Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Save Yourself By Cameron Esposito

    Cameron Esposito is as funny as she can get with her memoir. At the time of social distancing and anxiety provoking situations we are all going through currently, listening and reading SAVE YOURSELF was not only timely but may have helped in saving myself through this stressful times - at least for me it did! I found myself squirming, giggling, choking on food and liquids, and cringing to my delight.

    Esposito explored issues of gender, sexuality and feminism in a
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Do you ever feel like you just need something gay in your life? C'mon - it can't just be me. Well, this book is perfect for that feeling. It is hilarious and comforting, while not avoiding the difficult discussions of actually surviving as a queer person, even with privilege and success.

    There is nothing apologetic in this book, as there shouldn't be, and it's such a relief to read something by an out queer woman that is about being an out queer woman. I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to
    Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I laughed out loud through this whole book! Cameron writes like she speaks, and if you enjoy her standup you'll enjoy this. Also, I don't think I've read a better explanation of what a first relationship feels like when you're young and queer and not out--it really resonated with me. Thanks, Cameron!
    Cynthia Corral
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Yes, this book is laugh out loud funny, but it is also incredibly sad in parts. You won't laugh through this entire book, you will feel pain and heart break and disappointment and frustration. And then you turn the page and laugh again. Just like real life.

    I am a big fan of Cameron Esposito, and because her career is centered around talking about her (often amazing) life, I was already familiar with many of the stories. In this book she fleshes the stories out and gives more of her emotions, and
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This was a fun and in some parts, insightful book to listen too. There are some reviews, I noticed, that looked down on her version of coming into her own (or her coming out) and how she portrayed it in her writing style. To me, our stories are our own and how you choose to provide that to the world is your choice. I can't imagine this being easy nor can I imagine having an opinion on how a person chooses to do so.

    Overall, I enjoyed her delivery of her memories and feelings. For me it wasn't
    Samantha Allen
    Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Beautiful, honest, and very, very queer.
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I finished my first audiobook, yall!

    3.5⭐s, to be exact. This book is written & narrates has Cameron Esposito. I love that the author read the audiobook herself because she gets to put all the emphasis & inflection where she wrote it in & because this is a memoir & it makes it feel more personal!

    Cameron talks about growing up catholic and republican (relatable), growing out of both of those things (relatable), how her upbringing affected her queerness (wow, one more time,
    Susie Dumond
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    In this memoir, comedian Cameron Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming of age story she wishes she'd heard as a young person. This was even more laugh-out-loud funny than I expected, and I had high expectations as a fan of Esposito. But beyond the laughs, this memoir has so much heart. Growing up in a devout Catholic family and attending a conservative Catholic university meant Esposito's journey of self-exploration wasn't always easy. She doesn't shy away from the ...more
    Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: autobiography
    I loved this book.
    It's funny and honest and sometimes painful and I had no idea how much I needed it. There's parts that cut right through me with a feeling of recognition so strong I had to take breaks.

    I've known about Cameron Esposito for years, ever since Jezebel featured a video of her in an article about period jokes. I didn't immediately start following her work then cause stand-up isn't a genre that really works for me, or, so I thought. Until I found stand-up comedians whose sets
    This was a wonderful, vulnerable memoir about lesbian comedian Cameron Esposito's life so far. I found learning about her super Catholic upbringing and how she navigated figuring out she was gay in (a super Catholic) college fascinating. She doesn't withhold details that make her look bad (cheating when she didn't knowing how to end her first queer relationship, voting for Goerge W Bush when she was pro-life). Warm, conversational, and laugh out loud funny. Although this book deals with some ...more
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    Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: memoir
    Save Yourself is a hilarious and honest memoir by Cameron Esposito. She writes about growing up, coming out, and learning to feel comfortable in her own skin.

    I have always enjoyed Cameron as the funny and likable comedian who seems so down to earth. I love that we get to see how she got to be the person she is today.

    There are great moments in the book. I like how she is vulnerable and so open with readers. We all have our struggles, but this book can help so many learn to embrace themselves.

    Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    Damn, I loved this book so much. I felt SO SEEN, and I love the way Cameron talks about her experiences in church and comedy, but more so within the queer community. I listened to the audiobook in a single day because I just kept wanting to hear her words. Funny as ever, and so compassionate around so many things.

    One note: in a few specific moments her internalized fatphobia jumps out a bit (when talking about herself). She talks about how her body image is something she's struggled with almost
    Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved every minute of this book (I listened to it). I went to Cameron Esposito's high school (a lowly freshmen when she was a senior) and I found myself nodding along when she was describing those days. But aside from our brief shared history, I found the book incredibly compelling. She's an excellent storyteller and extremely relatable.
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really loved this book. Esposito is very funny, but here she's also very earnest, which really worked for me. She recounts quite a few stories about growing up and into queerness, and reckons with the religious doctrine that had a hand in shaping who she is. There's also a lot of great sister-relationship stuff going on. I just enjoyed the heck out of it and was quite moved too. Definitely recommend!
    Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Love it! Cameron is such an awesome comic and her book was a delight to read. Smart, funny, entertaining, lighthearted (despite her dark times).
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The audiobook version is a real treat
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Laugh out loud funny. Fans of Camerons stand up will love this book. Also, spoiler alert: great life advice at the end. ...more
    Jessica (the naptime writer)
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Save Yourself is the best kind of memoir, especially for scary days like these: its funny & hard-hitting, tackling topics like Little Gay Kid-Oweens & Catholicism with equal verve. Its smart & irreverent; its exceptional storytelling with a lot of heart.
    Cameron Esposito describes herself as a queer gay lesbian human being who grew up in a family & community where Catholicism reigned. She came out at age 20 & in her memoir traces how she found her way to becoming a comic and
    Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, alc
    I received a complimentary advanced listener copy of SAVE YOURSELF by Cameron Esposito for an honest review. Thank you to Libro FM, Hachette Audio, Grand Central Publishing and the author for the chance to read and review!

    SAVE YOURSELF is a memoir by stand up comic Cameron Esposito. The memoir looks at her life growing up queer in a Catholic family and attending a conservative Catholic college where sexuality was not protected. It covers how she began to understand her own sexuality and how she
    Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
    I am grateful for Cameron's work and willingness to be vulnerable in sharing her life experiences as a queer person. Her ability to reflect on her life enables me to open up my own wonderings about who I am and came to be since we share many of the same identities and experiences (mainly growing up very Catholic, going Catholic school, queerness, and whiteness). She she recalls her memories, I recall my own and ponder on how they've shaped me and also release them from the power they sometimes ...more
    Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Hilarious and poignant voice - chock full of a lifetime of genuine queer wisdom.

    I feel like Cameron's journey toward self-acceptance shines throughout this collection of stories. Her descriptions are honest and vulnerable at the core and sprinkled with her distinct sense of humor.

    I especially love her navigation of ideas like consent and sexual exploration - not only are they helpful to hear as a queer person from a religious background (they are), but I think they're insightful for people at
    Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    If you know and love the comedy of Cameron Esposito, you will enjoy reading this book and getting to know our boi Cammy a little better. If you don't know Cameron Esposito, I'm almost jealous, because now you get to read this book and meet one of the most sincere, creative comics working today. This book is for people who have questioned their conservative, religious upbringing; for former and current LQKs (little queer kids); and it is certainly for me. I don't think books are Cameron's medium, ...more
    Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: adult, lgbtqia
    I love Cameron Esposito. I think of her as my queer big sister, despite the fact that I only know her through her podcast and that she is several years younger than me. I'm very disappointed I won't get to see her live because of the pandemic.
    The book started out a little slow for me. Having not seen her live yet, I think I had some trouble finding her voice in the writing and wish that maybe I'd gotten the audiobook instead. Nonetheless, much of the book resonates for me: a queer, former
    Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A memoir that tackles sexuality, gender and equality. She wanted to be a priest and ended up a standup comic.
    Save Yourself is full of funny and insightful recollections about everything from coming out, to how joining the circus can help you become a better comic, to accepting yourself for who you are.

    I laughed out loud, got sad and hated other parts of the story. I felt her pain and frustration.
    Overall I enjoyed this book, its honest, raw, funny, painful and real.

    Thank you , Hachette
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    So delighted to get this via Netgalley. A lot of people on goodreads are throwing around that if you're a fan of @cameronesposito you won't be disappointed and that is true but also kind of a low bar to set and probably the easiest audience to please? Thankfully she flies way above that bar and even if you're unfamiliar with her stand up there's a lot here for you. I love a good comedian memoir but there are so many out there that just feel like a regurgitation of their stand up you're probably ...more
    Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: lgbtq
    It was so good, I don't even know why I expected it not to be.
    Cameron Esposito is a great stand-up comedian and an even greater human, who can write a book like she does stand-up: ALWAYS DELIVERING!
    I really felt connected to all of this, even though I was not raised Catholic, am not a comedian and I only know about American life through books, series and movies (so I know a lot).
    I am happy that I could get this book before the global lockdown, and also that I could attend a book tour event
    Brittany Morse
    Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: lgbtq, inspiration
    I loved the book and personally related so much to many of Camerons experiences. My only criticism is that I was hoping for a bit more new material. A lot of the stories she tells and issues she talks about have been featured in her stand up and/or her podcast, and there wasnt a lot of insights beyond what shes already said. I totally understand its a memoir and those experiences are foundational to her life and Im grateful shes shared her experiences because theyve helped me understand some of ...more
    Tess Malone
    Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Ill be honest: I dont expect a ton from comic memoirs, but Camerons is about more than just how she became one of the most successful queer comedians. Its a nuanced, honest, and humorous take on the power structures that create us and hold us back and how we find our own power. Cameron is more than willing to reckon with her privilege, Catholic upbringing, place in comedy, queerness, and other systems without being prescriptive. And yes, its actually funny, though I suspect it would be funnier ...more
    Heather F
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: non-fiction, lgbt
    I genuinely liked this book. As a lesbian a year younger than Esposito from Boston, I found a great deal of familiarity of her experience. I also found value in the diversity of her experience as opposed to mine. I wish it had focused more on her later career than on her childhood, and I wish she had discussed her recent divorce. Also, I was struck by how it seems as other every female comedian's memoir I read discusses how they believe their struggle is unique, whereas it seems to be common.
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