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This Is Really Happening

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BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack provides a collection of personal essays for the Snapchat generation.

Erin recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company. She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Razorbill
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, nonfiction, memoir
I've been waiting for this particular collection of essays to come out ever since I read the very first essay about a month ago in this preview. And This Is Really Happening really lived up to the hype I'd created in my mind. The writing was just as laid-back, wise, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny as I'd remembered.

In this book Erin Chack recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, from-publisher
oh my god. i can't get over how good this was?!

so unexpected and hilarious. i literally had no idea what to expect with this book & started it on the subway and just kept laughing SO awkwardly to myself and getting weird looks (this actually happens way too often lmao).

full review to come bc the world needs to know about this perfection!!
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I am not normally much of a non-fiction reader, but I was really drawn to This is Really Happening. This memoir contains a variety of stories, from Erin Chack’s experience with cancer to childhood memories. The writing is intimate and hilarious, which I really enjoyed. This is an inspiring and quick read that will definitely make the reader laugh.

This book has the perfect mix of serious topics and hilarious encounters. Erin Chack was diagnosed with cancer at a youn
Whenever an author is represented as a voice of all milennials (or writes "...personal essays for the Snapchat generation"), I hear a whisper that tells me, this is not for you. I am glad in this case that I ignored that whisper because I really enjoyed this book and finished it in one day. I had not heard of Erin Chack, an editor at BuzzFeed, because I never read BuzzFeed on purpose, but I hope to see more of her work in the future. While it sounds like a great job to have, the website is clear ...more
Cindy Burnett
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-to-read
4.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading This Is Really Happening. Erin Chack’s writing is clever and witty, and I easily finished the collection of essays in one sitting. While she is frequently side-splittingly funny, Chack also writes about her battle with cancer at age 19 so be prepared with tissues nearby. I needed them several times. When I started reading this book, I did not realize she was a senior writer for BuzzFeed. Having been subjected to hundreds of BuzzFeed quizzes and lists by my g
Just Reading Everything
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My dog stopped sitting on my lap while I was reading because my constant bursts of laughter and stifled-back sobs kept scaring him.

Erin's collection of personal essays are told in a compellingly addicting and honest voice. It was truly hard to put down this book. Her no filter, no bullshit way of discussing her cancer diagnosis as a teen and all the exceptionally hard things that come with it — from telling close friends the news to shaving her head — are told in a deeply personal and moving wa
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I am at a treatment center filled with both lyme and cancer patients so reading about what some of them might have went through along with actually talking to them was interesting.
Anyone with an illness has gone through similar experiences and I thought it was well written.
Claudia Wilkie
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really cute and really funny but I would only consider it a fluff read. It's great if you are on the beach or in the mood for something that is lighter but it won't stay with me for a long time and I was engrossed in the book. ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm technically right over the edge of acceptable age for Buzzfeed readership, but a fun and honest voice is universal and that's exactly how Chack communicates.
She's completely honest and open about her life and the challenges she's faced while being fully cognizant of just how amazing her life now is.
Hers is one of the best memoirs about having and surviving Cancer I've ever read. She talks about the ups and downs of it while keeping things in a positive note. She also keeps things light by no
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
OMG, I love this book! Why do I love this book so much? I don't know, but I do! So, Erin Chack, promise that you will write many, many more because I really love this book! ...more
Gerardine  Betancourt
"Life is a party that's to fun to leave. How lucky we are to even be invited".
3.5 stars stars
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My face spent the entirety of "This Is Really Happening" alternating between laughter and tears, sometimes both at once. I've read it twice, thanks to some long flights and a malfunctioning Kindle, and both reads were utterly delightful. ...more
Caitlin Christensen
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up This is Really Happening, but I was intrigued by a memoir written by someone my own age, currently working at Buzzfeed (like a good friend of mine does), and presumably facing many of the same issues I myself, as a 20-something, am facing. I don't usually go in for memoirs or autobiographies unless I REALLY love the person (Mindy Khaling, Neil Patrick Harris, Cary Elwes... I'm looking at y'all) or the format is spectacular (seriously,
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Didn't know why to expect from a YA non fiction compilation of short essays, but was thoroughly surprised. Erin sounds like someone I'd want to befriend. I hope there is more to come from this writer. ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Thank you to Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read this book in advance.

This was a lovely, quick little memoir, and my only complaint is that I wish it were a bit longer. I'd like to know more about Erin's family, her boyfriend and obviously Erin herself.

I unknowingly first read a piece of hers on Buzzfeed and thought it was hilarious, about her boyfriend being her carrot, not her soulmate. I loved it, and when I found out she wrote the book I had lined up to read, I was so excited.
Taylor Miller
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I had to force myself to put down. Such a great read and highly recommended.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny and relatable quick read.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
At first, I wasn't entirely into this. Yeah, it made me chuckle, but I was looking for something laugh-out-loud-crying-while-peeing-my-pants hilarious. And then it happened. I reached the dreaded obligatory "Coming-of-Age-With-Gorey-Details" chapter. Every women's memoir/humor essay book has one. Most of the time, when I get to it, I role my eyes and think, "Here we go again..." I mean how many times can you read about blood shooting out a girl's lady parts before it becomes as old as a withered ...more
Andrea Boomer
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the short stories . Even identified with one or two.
Looking forward to more stories from Erin Chack
Vicki Chen
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, you will feel like you are Erin's best friend!! ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny and poignant, edgy yet accessible, this winning collection represents a rare feat: a debut author totally in control of her voice, of her tone, of her gloriously witty prose. Chack's hard-earned wisdom and sterling sense of humor turns what at first glance might seem like a familiar survival story into a strange and essential slice of life. I was moved to tears; I laughed out loud; I was engrossed in the narrative and felt a pang of wistful sadness when I reached the end. What more can you ...more
Kathy Dowling
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jenn Lopez
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure about this book until I LOL'ed during the chapter about the menstrual cup. OMG! My co-workers must have thought I was nuts giggling and snort-laughing. Girl Shaped Tornado about hiding her cancer from friends, It'll Grow Back where she shaves her head after her hair starts to fall out due to the chemo treatments, and Why I Can Never Visit Egypt were my favorites. ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I found her writing funny and witty. Loved it! I hope she writes more. Her style is definitely up my alley.
Megan Mann
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. It was a book about cancer that didn't ask for sympathy or draw it out and use it as an excuse. She embraced everything and it wasn't even fully about that.

The essays were written in such a conversational tone that made it feel like you were talking to a friend. They were fun and interesting and totally perfect for any millennial.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, cancer, hilarious
After Josh Sundquist made "funny cancer memoir" a thing, along came Erin Chack to add her journey to this genre. Absolutely outstanding, hilarious, and touching. I read this book in one day and hugged it when I was finished. ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to, 2017
Grabbed this from audible hoping for insight into one of my favorite daily sites, Buzzfeed. I was surprised to find a funny and heartwarming look at life. It was a great listen.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book ever to make me laugh! This book was amazing!! I think we always imagine cancer books to be very sad. Which of course cancer is one of the saddest things in this world. But this book was not focused on the fact that she had cancer, but it focused on how that cancer shaped her as a person. Throughout the book we learn about the amazing things she did in the past and present and how that shaped her as a person. I can't wait to go to book con to meet Erin Chack to tell her how amazing he ...more
Jaymie Shook
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of the book through Penguin's First to Read program.

I laughed out loud so many times that I annoyed my husband! I love humor books and have read quite a few, so trust me when I say Erin Chack's "This is Really Happening" is one of the best. Honestly, I'd rate it higher than Amy Poehler's "Yes, Please!" Chack's book will be my new go-to, especially for friends who don't read much. The chapters standalone, so readers can read one, put the book down, come back to it weeks later an
Zach Koenig
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone on this Earth has stories to tell and anecdotes to share. The ones that rise to the top (and get published in books), however, are the ones told with an engaging writing style that makes the reader feel included. This is exactly what happens in “This Is Really Happening”, a collection of stories/anecdotes from the life of Erin Chack.

One could call this a biography, of sorts, as Chack recounts 11 unique events in her life that come together to form a kind of coherent whole. From deep thi
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