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Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,937 ratings  ·  345 reviews
From the break-out star of BuzzFeed's “Whine About It” and the People’s Choice Award-winning comedian behind the web series “To Be Honest” comes a collection of hilariously anguished essays chronicling awful moments from Matt’s life so far, the humiliations of being an adult, and other little indignities. ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Atria/Keywords Press
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When this popped up over at the pornbrary’s “Recommended To You” page I didn’t have to do anything other than look at the title before hitting the request button. I was ready to declare once and for all to the pornbrarian that . . . .

But then I realized maybe he/she doesn’t know me quite as well as I thought they did because there were like eleventy-four people ahead of me in the queue and I very much have the mindset that This Is
Lauren Mcmanamon
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I never take the time to write reviews, but given my one star rating, I feel the necessity to justify it. For anyone who enjoyed Matt's Buzzfeed show "Whine About It," I bet you were equally as excited to see his book announcement as you were when new episodes would come out. However, I'm not sure if the brevity of the videos' format made it more enjoyable or if I've simply grown out of this style of humor. The entire book comes across as a rambling, entitled mess. What I think is his attempt to ...more
Michel Avenali
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A combination of factors conspired to make me binge read this in a few hours this evening even though I had no idea who Matt Bellassai was or what the book was about:
1) saw it randomly on the goodreads choice awards
2) cute ginger guy on the cover
3) a very long day at work and needed to mentally check out for a few hours
All such criteria being met I literally sped through this book in record time and had a few laughs throughout. All in all I'd say the book did something right and was a pleasant f
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wouldn't waste a weekend trying to read this. While many of his videos are fun to watch, the book dragged with a woe is me take on being a 20-something lost in the world. ...more
Jessica White
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you don't know who Matt Bellassai is, you are missing out!

I first found Matt through Buzzfeed when he boss allowed him to get drunk at his desk and complain about whatever his little heart desires (children, holidays, foods). It's called Whine About It and it's HILARIOUS. So when Whine About It ended, he started To Be Honest, which is virtually the same thing with a different name. Then he started the Unhappy Hour podcast, which once again includes Matt getting drunk and complaining, but this
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Matt Bellassai is AMAZING!!!

I had no idea who he was before he grace my newsfeed on facebook with "Wine About It Wednesdays." And from that it was like a match made in heaven for me. LOL

I was so excited for him to be releasing a book, but also a bit apprehensive because he is so hilarious on his videos that I was afraid that hilarity would not transfer over to the pages. Well, I am never one to be afraid to admit, I was totally wrong.

Even if you have never heard of Matt Bellassai before (who ar
Ebony Rose
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel such a kinship with Matt Bellassai. From our shared love of carbohydrates, to our love of take-out food, to our habits of downing entire bottles of wine and giving drunken opinions on *everything,* I feel like Matt and I may have been separated at birth.

If you are a fan of Matt's BuzzFeed content or his podcast, you will like this book. It is laugh out loud funny, self-deprecating and relatable. A solid memoir-but-not-a-memoir that I am happy I read!
Sandy Nawrot
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
If any of you follow me on Facebook, then you've seen me share Matt Bellassai's BuzzFeed video series "Whine About It". I find him to be a total lay-it-all-out-there, entitled, bitchy queen, and I love him. In his series, if you haven't seen it, he gets drunk at work, drinking a whole bottle of wine in like, a minute, and bitches about whatever bee is in his bonnet. He makes no excuses for himself, he is self-deprecating, and is not concerned about who he offends. My kinda guy.

Well this book is
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I first discovered Matt on his weekly video series where he got drunk at his desk and told us how to live our lives. "Whine About It" and now "To Be Honest" have given me laughs every Wednesday for quite some time. Crass but hilarious! ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor-elements
Thank goodness for Audible returns as I just had no desire to finish this book. Given, I wasn't familiar with the author. So, Matt's thing is evidently that he thinks life is awful and always has been and so he thinks if you're going to laugh at him, he might as well make money. Not a bad proposal, I guess. But, alas, I'm not a mean soul and so I didn't find his overweight, unsanitary, unmotivated life funny...I just felt bad for him, and that isn't funny to me. So, several hours in with only tw ...more
Kryssi D'Eredita
DNF... it just wasn’t funny. Or interesting. I’ll stick to watching his videos.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I first found Matt through his BuzzFeed "Whine About It" videos on Facebook, thanks to my healthy addiction to all things BuzzFeed lol. Now I faithfully follow his "TBH" videos posted on his own Facebook page and nod in agreement each week as he guzzles his bottle of wine and vents about relevant problems that plague this world. Granted, they're first world problems, but still. He gets me. He's my ginger spirit animal and I want to be his BFF. Seriously, how do I get that to happen?!?!? His

Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was HILARIOUS. Obviously I've watched his videos, saw the People's Choice Awards debacle, and went to his stand up tour in support of the book, so I'm familiar with his voice and comedy. But even when I knew what was coming, it still cracked me up. And being the same age as him, we've had some very similar experiences, but it's much funnier reading someone else's growing pains rather than reliving my own.

The only reason it took me like a week to finish was because I laughed so much that I c
Daniele (Life of a Quinn)
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

First book of 2018 and it did not disappoint. If you’re a fan of any of Matt’s videos you will definitely love this (and if you haven’t seen his videos what are you doing with your life you’re welcome). The level of sass and self-deprecating humor is so relatable and made for a great read. Thank you, Matt for blessing us with all of the great ups and downs of your life.
Catherine Bartzen
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this! If I could give 2.5 stars I would. I love Matt’s podcast so I though I’d love this book but it’s just not the same. I was bored by the end of his constant complaining about his body (even though I know that’s kind of his thing). This book had some excellent essays but the repetition of some themes got old by the end.
Renay Russell
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite a fun read! I'd actually give this book 3.5 stars as I literally laughed out loud in some parts. ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Snarky goodness that I adored. Great self-narrated as well.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. I laughed so hard that I cried on numerous occasions.
Becky Courington
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Matt Bellassai spends 250 pages proving every Baby-Boomer-created myth about millennials to be true: That we are entitled, lazy, self-centered perpetual adolescents incapable of gratitude. So, thanks for that. I'm sure they'll feel both pleased and vindicated. I, on the other hand, feel merely frustrated to see all the misinformation about my generation reinforced.

If this book is truly representative of his experiences, Bellassai has led a privileged, if not charmed, life, so to read a litany o
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
I love Matt Bellassai's Wine About It videos. He's funny on Twitter. Unfortunately, his negative-tinged brand of humour just doesn't translate into a full length book. I also don't think a "memoir" by a now-28 year old who seemed to have quite a normal and pleasant upbringing really has any legs to stand on. His stories were just not that interesting. Talking about a Slip 'n' Slide? Being on family vacation at a cottage where... nothing happens? Being a science nerd? Inane lists about qualities ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t read it at the gym cause I almost fell off the treadmill laughing so hard.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Bellassai is my spirit animal 🐌

This book is the reason audiobooks exist.


"I grew up, in other words, being what psychiatrists might later diagnose as 'hopelessly coddled into emotional and physical dependency,' which is just fancy talk for 'loved too much and f*cked up because of it.'"

"Legally, they can't stop you from bringing chocolate lava cake into the gym."

"I didn't particularly like parties as a kid, especially when they weren't for me, and especially when they were surprise parties I
Mosharaf Hossain
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Truth is, I never heard of this writer until now. And The whole book was pretty interesting. The way Matt talked about his life, especially his sexuality, ia truly amazing. Many times I had good laugh.

Me and the writer both something common. Most importantly we both are fate like Teddy. Our experienced to being fat is quite the same. Like him I also realized like this, "I first discovered I was fat the day I no longer fit beneath the bed."

Growing isn't fun like the way they said. Currently I am
Sara Tucker
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
I got to know Matt through his great Whine About It ( videos, many of which had me in tears from laughing so hard. I gave Everything Is Awful a shot and was happy to get more of the same millenial-based, spot-on, relatable content.

He tells us exactly what we want to hear ("I chug a few bottles of wine throughout the week, which is basically the same as juicing, but with even more antioxidants") while still letting his personality shine throughout ("
Megan ~The Never Ending Book Basket
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

I am a huge fan of Matt Bellassai and have been for many years. His videos give me life, I find him absolutely hysterical, and I've had the pleasure of seeing him perform live, which was pretty much everything. I was so excited to read this book by him and I knew it would be funny, memorable, and just all around enjoyable. It was all of that and more.

I actually listened to the audiobook version which was narrated by him. That just made this book even more incredible. List
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqa, reviewed, comedy
I’ve been a fan of Matt Bellassai ever since “Whine About It”, and I started listening to “ Unhappy Hour” on my daily walk to school after learning about the podcast a few months ago, so obviously I had to pick up this book because A) I’m a sucker and B) I’m a sucker. What really gets me in his comedy is the way he uses his voice - I don’t know how to describe it, but for me that’s what makes him stand out. That being said, Everything is Awful didn’t come across with the same level of humour. If ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a laugh out loud book from beginning to end. Matt is a true millennial and his antics are always amusing. I loved his stories and his descriptions as much as I enjoy his online videos. I will say however the overuse of curse words was a bit much. I know, I know, I sound like a grandma, but curse words should be used as exclamation points, not commas. In any case, if you enjoy Matt's persona in his videos, then this book will love him even more! ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I laughed several times throughout this book. I listened to it on Audible with Matt as the narrator. He started off a little aggressive in his reading at the beginning, but it seems as though he got a little more comfortable and in the groove as the book went on.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found myself laughing out loud and identifying deeply (sometimes embarrassingly) with some of Matt's essays.

A fun read for sure - rife with laugh-out-loud moments, reflections on his childhood and adolescence, and tales from living in New York City.
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
I need to quit trying to read these YouTube/Facebook/Instagram stars books. This type of self-deprecating, spastic humor is funny in short bursts. A weekly post or video, a whole book, not so entertaining.

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