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Nobody Cares

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,563 ratings  ·  225 reviews
“The internet’s best friend.” — Flare

From the author of the popular newsletter That’s What She SaidNobody Cares is a frank, funny personal essay collection about work, failure, feminism, and the messy business of being alive in your twenties and thirties.

As she shares her hard-won insights from screwing up, growing up, and trying to find her own path, Anne T. Donahue’s d
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by ECW Press
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Whitney Atkinson
DNF at 53%.

I'm putting this one on hold right now. It's not bad, but the first two essays started out SOOOO good, but then after that it just turned into stories I couldn't really relate to so it wasn't as funny. I think i'm gonna wait until this comes out and it's available on audiobook, then I'll enjoy it much more as a memoir then.
Kristy K
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, essays, netgalley
3.5 Stars

A book of essays that is part memoir, part critique, it reads like a friend wrote a letter to you. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments mixed in with reflective moments.
Janilyn Kocher
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nobody Cares is an appropriate title for this book because I certainly didn't care for most of it. Donahue is a mess, by her own admission. Hopping from job to job, she eventually amassed so much debt she had to move back in with her parents. I'm wondering how this book got published because it's just her ramblings strung together with absolutely no semblemce of order. She mentioned writing a blog, I think she just mined it for material or copied and pasted and tried to pass it off as a book. I ...more
Kayla Ramoutar
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some are born anxious, some achieve anxiety, and some have anxiety thrust upon them. I am lucky enough to have been blessed by all three.

Woof. This collection of essays is one of the best I've read. Donahue's essay on anxiety is the best. I've never read an essay about anxiety that hits the nail on the head (of My anxiety) as perfect as this one, aptly entitled "Anxiety, You Lying Bitch". Donahue's anxiety, from what I could gather in the essay, manifests a lot like mine: physically and in my st
Mar 27, 2019 marked it as couldnt-get-past-the-sample
She is right.
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Short, messy, emotionally impactful essays on mental health, perseverance, convenient lies we tell ourselves, convenient lies others tell us, feminism, and life in general. I didn't always connect with the issues and concerns Donahue wrote about, but it was always interesting to hear her take on them. She, like all of us, is a flawed human that is a mix of desires, illusions, goals, and contradictions and she did a really good job, as far as I could tell, about showing what being honest with you ...more
Leigh Witzling
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was cute and funny and I totally want Anne to be my best friend, but none of those things made this a good book. It falls under that genre of memoir-ish self help-ish books where a woman has a pretty normal young adulthood and then writes about it to remind you to stop caring what other people think and get some basic self care skills. And throws some curse words in to sound relatable. All the messages in this book are good and wonderful and I’m totally on board with everything the aut ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
1 stars

This book... is not good. It could just be that I am not the target audience for this essay collection (narcissists). Also, calling it an essay collection is being generous. There's no cohesion beyond how consistently awful the author is to seemingly every person that cares about her, and the "essays" read more like half-baked blog posts. They're just a bunch of surface-level observations and aggressively self-deprecating jokes. She also lists things a lot, so it starts to feel like you'r
Sep 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really tried to like this book. I saw so many reviews hyping this book so maybe my expectations were a bit too high. I love essays, they’re fun reads and it’s always fun to get strangers insights on daily matters but I struggled with this one. The essays were boring and nothing refreshing. There was no insight or any growth. Her experiences are her experiences (of course) but she was extremely frustrating. The only thing I got out of this book is that I would never want to be around someone li ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anne is great and her writing is great and you will read this book in no time at all
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was exactly what I wanted it to be, funny and messy and #relatable.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
somewhere between basic and revolutionary (closer to basic, but funnier because of it). feels like you had a sleepover with your Virgo bff (with strong Leo placements) and it's nothing life changing but it's a good time, everyone's just having a good time w this book ...more
Anne Logan
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew I’d like Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue before I even opened the front cover. Why? Please refer to my list below:

The author Anne T. Donahue has the same first name as me, AND we’re the same ago, so obviously we are soul sisters.

She grew up in and still lives in Hespeler Cambridge which is a short jaunt away from where I grew up and still call ‘home’, even though I’ve lived in Calgary for 10 years now.

The cover of the book is hilarious, which is always a sign of good things to come.

I list
Caitlin Kunkel
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anne T. Donahue is the voice inside your head if that voice was incredibly witty, funny, and profound (OK, so not the voice in MY head, but maybe someone's??). These essays are a salute to the "beautiful disasters" we can all be at times. I came to her writing on Twitter, then followed it to her newsletter, then followed it to her book, which honestly would be creepy if I didn't admire and love her writing so much. Highly recommend!! ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This is my first netgalley read that which I want to purchase a physical copy. And not just one. I want to buy this for all of my close friends. Because Anna Donahue is raw and relatable and reading this book felt like a hug from someone who's been there. It's so, so good. ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anne T. Donahue is amusing and insightful throughout this collection of essays focusing on mental illness, writing, introversion, and other issues that seem to crop up for myriad women in their 20s and 30s. The title of the book is a great reminder of something that we all often forget: nobody really cares what we are doing, whether we look good or bad, whether we go to this party or that - and that is a really freeing thing to realize.

I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange fo
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-non-fic
Love this one! Several of the essays were exactly what I needed to hear right now, and helped me to feel less alone. It was a great recommendation!
Steph Warren
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley, with thanks to the author and publishers. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Anne T. Donahue has laid her soul bare to the world in this book.

Nobody Cares is witty, raw and honest. At times it is a memoir, telling anecdotes from the author’s past to explain her attitudes to family and relationships, death and growing-up. At other times the essays are directly addressed to the reader (yes, you!) and form more of a self-help narra
Bri (readingknitter)
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
After subscribing to and thoroughly enjoying Anne T. Donahue's newsletter That's What She Said for the past couple of years, I was eager to get my hands on an ARC of her debut collection Nobody Cares. The book, which is a collection of her essays, reads like a series of her funny and heartfelt newsletters one after the other. Donahue's newsletter typically covers navigating her own life and pop culture moments in today's world as a young 30-something, but her essays in Nobody Cares primarily dis ...more
Julianne Vantland
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this. Initially I really enjoyed her style and tone - like reading the diary of an extremely self aware friend. But it started to wear on me. I can’t quite put my finger on why - maybe the lack of hope or sense for how she is making life work now? Maybe it’s just because it’s a lot to absorb in a single seating - maybe I would enjoy this more as a blog series? I feel bad leaving a less than stellar review- it could be that it’s just me who can’t connect with this. But I was left ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
An excellent essay collection about mental illness, failure and working in your 20s and 30s. I liked the voice and the honesty in this collection and found a lot to relate to. Anne has a poignant and important voice. I found this book made me feel better about my own recent failings.
Lauren Simmons
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I share Anne’s view on a lot of things (I will never watch GOT either, am generally mad at the world) and we have many shared cultural touch points (hello coming of age in the late 90s) but I’m just a little bit separated from her in life stage/age so some of the essays resonated less for me. A quick read with some funny bits and some feelings.
The Reading Countess
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, adult, arc, memoir
Funny, well written memoir for anyone floating aimlessly in their 20’s or early 30’s. Honest and reflective, the targeted age group will feel embraced and understood. I think my oldest son might have whispered in her ear as she wrote. ?? I especially liked the BURN IT ALL DOWN chapter.
Audrey Lentz
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book reinforces my belief that all the best writing, art, and music comes from Canada. Anne is smart, funny, and exceedingly relatable. Her essays read as effortless and poignant at the same time.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Never have I felt more misled by a cover blurb: "I don't know how anyone could read her and not immediately fall in love.” ― Scaachi Koul

Found this in my neighbourhood Little Free Library and back it goes...
Weronika Zimna
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm in awe and want to interview the author but first I have to process all this
Meredith Gomez41
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. I got the audiobook, listened for about 45 minutes and literally can’t listen to her blab any longer. 🙉🤣
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I was VERY excited when the brooklyn library finally got this book in (I never want to trash the library but they are slow on the uptake of Canadian authors). Love a good feminist essay collection.

This collection had hits and not misses but non-hits for me and I feel like it's probably the same for most. Sometimes I wanted more from her stories -- she wrapped up points quickly -- and other times I wanted a larger theme.

What I did love was the arc of growth over the course of the book. It didn't
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Anne T. Donahue's collection of essays covers everything from failure, feminism, and fashion to mental health and the pain of losing those you love. She writes genuinely and openly, and her personality is present on every page.

Reading Nobody Cares is like listening to your blunt best friend give you advice without holding back. She reminds you that you might feel like a screw up right now, but you are only hum
Christine (Queen of Books)
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Nobody Cares was a decent reminder that, you heard Anne: Nobody cares.

Topics range from getting sober to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, from fixating on Leo to saying "no" to stuff. Be advised in addition to those there's a passing reference to disordered eating in the past as well as sexual harassment.

The highlight of this collection for me was the suggested behaviors for lessening anxiety. Unfortunately, as that was toward the beginning of the book, it was sort of downhill from there.
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