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Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After watching too many family members die of cancer, at age 28, public speaker and comedian Caitlin Brodnick was tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation and tested positive, indicating an 87% chance she'd likely be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. She had a preventative double mastectomy, thereby becoming an everywoman's Angelina Jolie.

Dangerous Boobies: Breaking
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Seal Press
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Amy Shainman
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I've never met comedian and author Caitlin Brodnick but I have heard her voice on her Screw You Cancer series: Full disclosure: I also interviewed Caitlin via twitter for a blog post on this book:

My favorite thing about "Dangerous Boobies" is its authentic voice; as I read it was as if Caitlin was reading it to me, in her sweet chirpy voice she writes like she talks raw, honest, fast, confident, sometimes insecure,
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book was funny and honest. It was hard for me to get through at parts because I am also a BRCA1 carrier and I see this surgery in my future. Caitlin and I have a lot in common, so it was refreshing to read someone who was so open and relatable. I think I am going to make my boyfriend read this book too so he's prepared! (Do everything Caitlin's husband Allen does and you'll be good, hon.) I think Caitlin might be a little bit more anxious than me (and also battled alcoholism, so major props ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, so, as a breast cancer survivor, I certainly don't think that humor is out of place in a narrative about cancer (or hereditary cancer risk). But...this book has *at least* one joke per paragraph. It's just too much.

I'm reminded of one of Brene Brown's books, in which she draws a distinction between true vulnerability and simply dumping "TMI" on people. While Brodnick is certainly very honest and blunt about a lot of what goes on during the mastectomy/reconstruction process, she does it in
Judith Siers-Poisson
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Caitlin Brodnick had watched many relatives die of cancer, and then in her 20s found out that she carries the BRCA-1 gene that gives her an extremely high likelihood of developing wither breast or ovarian cancer. So at 28, she has a preventive double mastectomy. It's a funny, irreverent (she's a stand-up comic) and brutally honest look at her decision, and getting the operation. She was the subject of a Glamour online documentary called "Screw You Cancer," and this is the written memoir that cov ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As someone who also had a preventative mastectomy at 28, I found this to be the most honest depiction I have ever read about the description. Caitlin describes everything she went through in the same way I would have and she touches on aspects that many other authors might have shied away from (i.e constipation, depression, etc.) and she manages to do so with humor. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is considering (or who knows someone who is considering) having this surgery!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin Brodnick makes light of a serious anxiety provoking topic for many women. This book was just as informative as it was humorous! I would recommend this book for anyone, whether affected by cancer in some way or not.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not really the intended audience of the book as I’m not someone that has breast cancer in my family or friends network (thankfully). But, this gives a better understanding of what BRCA carriers face. Plus, we all carry something funky in our genes and have to make life decisions based on it. The author does this by getting her “time-bomb breasts” removed due to her heightened breast cancer risk. It chronicles that journey and is great for anyone that may be looking into the same procedure or ...more
Leslie Lehr
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
F0r anyone who remembers "I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," here's an updated and entertaining tale from a young woman who - lucky us - is a professional comedian. She mixes the woes of having too-big breasts with the reality of depression and substance abuse possibly triggered by the strong chance that her BRCA breasts could kill her. I asked my oncology surgeon if I could have a mastectomy instead of chemo and radiation, but he said no, it wouldn't help. Brodnick makes it clear that it would ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You're probably saying, "The heck?", but this is not that random. First, we know Caitlin's mother from way back (she taught my aerobics class decades ago). Second, Caitlin performed a comedy/story-telling act at my church not too long ago, and she's really funny. Third, my half-sister has the BRCA mutation (and, unfortunately, a bunch of cancers), and I've been asked to get tested to see if I'm a carrier. So, I thought it might be a fun read, plus educational. It was both. At first I had a stron ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only reason I took off a star is because I thought it could have been edited better. Seriously though did her editor fall asleep when she used “white as a ghost” twice on the same page? Other than that it was a great book; simultaneously funny and serious when it needed to be. She is definitely a friend I would want to hang out with regularly. I’m glad she’s in a better place in her life now after everything she has gone through and I hope it keeps going along swimmingly with only minor bump ...more
Helen Robb
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly what I needed to read, as I find myself about to undergo the same procedure. I appreciated the candidness and recognized a lot of my fears and concerns in the things that Caitlin discussed with her doctors or disclosed to readers.

The editing in this book is terrible, but I didn't want to take a star off an otherwise fabulous read that I'm sure has helped many women in my position.
Deva J
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Caitlin is diagnosed with a BRCA genetic mutation she has to make a difficult decision. In order to prevent breast cancer she opts for a double mastectomy. Caitlin shared her personal experiences-the funny, the tears, the sex and everything in between! As someone who was facing the same diagnosis/decision it was eye-opening. At the end I just wanted to give her a hug because I felt like she truly understood what I was going through.
Georgia Clark
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly funny, relatable, and often moving memoir from a fresh voice. Caitlin Brodnick's account of her preventative double mastectomy is told with humor and heart, effectively walking the line of the serious and the laugh-out-loud entertaining. Her positivity is infectious: this is a gift to the previvor community, and to all women everywhere. Brava!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read flipped through it in the library. Very nice book and real experience. Humor and honesty.
Like this girl quite a bit.
Lisa Miller
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Caitlin is quite entertaining. I was in it for the information though - really wanted to know the ins and outs. She gave enough to keep me satisfied, but I would've liked more.
Erica Hernandez
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A charming, touching, funny and important book!!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Seemed to me it was very childish. Yes, a good sense of humor is becoming, but sometimes is a bit much.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many similarities to my own experiences, although I had the icky cancer part too. She's right on the money.
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