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From the co-creator and co-star of the hit series Broad City, a "poignant, funny, and beautifully unabashed" (Cheryl Strayed) New York Times bestselling essay collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew.
When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the coun
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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I want to give this book to all of my friends. I want to encourage us to write the shit out because we all need therapists and none of us can afford them. In a world where everything is so damn performative, Abby's voice isn't clear, nor is it fresh: it's one of a rambling, borderline obsessive overthinker. That selfsame voice screaming at us about that one time we mispronounced a word in front of our crush in eighth grade when we're now 35 and it's 3:32am and wehaveameetinginfivehoursforthelove ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Rant Review From An Avid Broad City Viewer: I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson

I was over the moon excited when I found this was out in the world and also (low-key) mad that I wasn't informed earlier of this release. Broad City was one of my highlights of September 2017, when I first discovered and watched the series with the release of season four, and featured my commentary and all the details on the show in my wrap up of the month. In hindsight, I guess some things are better left unread
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
As a fan of Broad City, I like getting inside the head of one of its creators and learning more about her life. Her reflections and anxieties are relatable, which is part of the charm of Broad City; however, I quickly found the book to be quite boring due to lack of plot and cohesion. It’s a series of essays with no theses or insights, which I suppose is accurate to real life if you published your random thoughts into a book, but from the POV of a reader I don’t know what the point of it is. It ...more
I have had many an unpopular opinion in my time.

I have a Goodreads shelf and a blog tag dedicated to reviews in which my opinion differs from the norm. I am a lifelong preferrer of vanilla over chocolate.

And when it comes to Broad City, I’ve always been an Abbi girl over an Ilana one. the midst of Abbi’s memoir, I found myself wishing Ilana had been involved.

This story is not what you’d expect (Broad City factors in barely at all) and the story you get (a quintessential heartbreak follo
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I needed this in my life simply because . . . . .

Despite not being hip enough to have ever watched any “webisode” of anything . . . ever, as a middle-aged woman I most certainly responded to the siren song of “from Executive Producer Amy Poehler,” became a Broad City instafan and discovered . . . . .

I mean really, these gals are my tribe . . . . .

There was zero chance I wasn’t going to pick up Abbi Jacobson’s collection.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff is a fun, light read. I hadn't heard of Abbi Jacobson prior to reading this book so I'm not familiar with her comedy routine. I enjoyed the book, her wit and reflections and drawings.

Following a break-up with the first person she fell in love with, Abbi decided to go on a cross-country road trip. The book is about the things Abbi thought about whilst on this trip. It's written in a stream of thoughts, which often made me la
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

If I had to describe I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff in one word it would be stressful.

If you enjoy reading page after page (or listening to hour after hour) of late night neurotic ramblings, then this book might be perfect for you. I, on the other hand, am already a high-strung Jew who is tortured by what ifs and worst case scenarios late at night, so this book just made me sweat and think of what I am possibly currently doing wrong with my life.

I love
Laura Noggle
I Might Regret Reading This One ...
You know how they say to never meet your idols because they'll never live up to your idea of them? This book was kind of like that.


This hurts me to write. I wanted to love this book, I eagerly awaited it on hold from the library and was *thrilled* to read it. Obviously, my expectations were too high. Perhaps if you aim low you won't be as disappointed.

HUGE fan of Broad City, LOVE Abbi and Ilana ... together ... I'm actually borderline 2 stars, but I watched t
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I sent the publisher a fangirl email (always with the "I'm a librarian" mention) and begged for an advanced copy of this book. To my surprise, it worked! I quickly read through this collection of essays by one of my favorite funny ladies and her writing does not disappoint. Which really was not a surprise. There is so much to love within these pages...she's hilarious (I couldn't help but hear her voice as I was reading), there are some very touching moments (the long love letters to Ilana and he ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Broad City is one of my all time favorite shows. it’s smart, funny, and unique. it shows us what our twenties are supposed to be like. so it was only obvious that I would read one of the co-creators memoir.

I cannot believe I'm giving this book a two-star rating. I wanted to bring it up to a three, but then I'd be lying to myself and to you. so much of the book felt fruitless. It was just over anxious rambling and underdeveloped life stories and advice. when there were chapters that i liked, the
I really enjoyed a lot of this book, especially as read by Abbi Jacobson in the audiobook. Her vulnerability in essays about her breakup and her musings on random topics were alternately moving and funny. However I can't help but feel like this memoir needed more editing, to push some of the essays further to get to the meat of the topic, to cut some of the tangents, and to give the book as a whole a structure or focus that made sense. ...more
alex garcia
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Abby Jacobson - best known as one-half of TV's Broad City duo - is just all over the place here . . .

Literally - Ms. Jacobson (a southeast Pennsylvania native - woot woot!) details her solo drive across the U.S. starting in New York City, with stops in Memphis, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with various smaller locales and some scenic locations out west. This is done in the aftermath of a relationship - her first with another woman - that recently ended, so there is
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Abbi Jacobson chronicles a three week road trip as she ponders what she wants out of life and love. It is an enjoyable read and I particularly liked her illustrations of podcasts and albums she listened to, her hack for 'cado toast, and numerous "sleep studies" when she couldn't sleep.

I enjoyed the read, but don't feel it has a lot of sticking power. Also I've never gotten into Broad City so those sections didn't mean a lot to me. (I swear I've tried!)

Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Prior to reading this memoir, I had not heard of Abbi Jacobson nor had I heard of the show"Broad City". I was going into reading this blindly and I can happily say that it was well worth the read.

This was an amazing read for me. Along with these essays being incredibly humorous and easy reads that fully captured my attention, Abbi was extremely relatable. Both in her personality along with her struggles in adulthood. Seriously, I was laughing along with some of the humorous recounts of these st
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Abbi needs Ilana. This was not great.
chantel nouseforaname
Weird..but endearing.

Abbi has a lot going on in her life. I mean, I guess that could be said about any young woman fighting her way towards her career goals and trying to deal with love, heartbreak, anxiety, depression, etc. But you really get the sense of how overwhelmed she feels in these "essays"/"journals" where she's just driving around trying to seek peace in a variety of places.

Abbi seems a lot like her character in Broad City though she says she differs in the sense that she's an introv
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
The best part of this whole book was the part where Jacobson talks about tucking in her shirt and like...all of womanhood and lesbian love clicking into place around her. I agree. Also, like, not to be that girl, but...this book is about Carrie Brownstein, right? We're all thinking it? Just wondering. ...more
Tessy Consentino
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Abbi is me and I am Abbi.
Kelly Hager
Confession time: I haven't watched Broad City (although it's been on my radar and I do want to watch; I'll probably binge pretty soon) and I accepted a pitch for this because Cheryl Strayed blurbed the cover. (And because I tend to love memoirs by funny women, regardless of my familiarity with their work.)

I said that to say this: I am now a huge fan of Abbi Jacobson. This book is as funny as you'd expect (maybe even funnier; suffice to say it's a fantastic read) but she's also incredibly honest.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2018; Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group

I am a fan of Broad City, which is created by the author Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The show has ended and I am now feeling the loss of Abbi and Ilana's humour. This book of essays does a good job in helping to cure some of the Broad City Blues. If you are a fan of the show, I would recommend the audiobook. Hearing Abbi narrate this book really brings it to life. It is hard to review this book, or these types of books. You hav
Robin Bonne
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-and-essay
I love Broad City and Abbi is a great comedian. I listened to her read the audiobook and enjoyed it.

From what I gathered, the overarching story is that Abbi goes on a road trip after her first big breakup. She goes on long tangents for most of the book, but keeps returning to the road trip throughout the memoir. It was a very, very loose thread holding this together. After listening to the whole audiobook and then sleeping on it, I’ve already forgotten the end of her trip as I sit down to write
Alex Simms
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a bit biased because I love Broad City and therefore Abbi Jacobson, although I hadn’t realized how much I didn’t know about her before reading this.
These essays are certainly passionate, yet also impulsive. I think when people choose to write about their lives they accidentally fall into the trap to think that anything about oneself equals potential/endearing content. While the trick is to make one’s experiences readable—which I think Jacobson achieves, it’s like talking to a friend!—it’s al
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Get the audio book. You won't regret it. Abbi tells her stories and short rants effortlessly. I felt that she was so relatable while discussing her inner conflicts and going through heartbreak. Going on a cross country road trip solo is bad ass in its own but I like that she took the time to do it her way, without taking everyone's advice on must do's (something I'd like to try on my next trip). I really enjoyed the parts where she spoke about her step dad, mom, and Ilana. Now to figure out how ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ultimately this book is not much, and yet here I am with four stars to dole out. I have a soft spot for the mundane. I love queer awakening. I feel the anxieties. Did it go anywhere? No, but...isn’t that the point?
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I regret it, I really do.
Cátia Vieira
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who don't know the author, Abbi Jacobson is a comedian and she co-created and co-starred in Broad City.

'I Might Regret This' is a collection of essays about loss, life, work and the endless doubts and weird questions one can have. There are also cool drawings in this book. Jacobson was going through a hard moment when she announced she would drive across the United States. As she drives by herself from city to city, Jacobson starts reflecting on her life, on her identity, sexual
Erica Solomon
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some books increase in goodness because they come into your life right when you need them most. I needed this book right now.
Corey Campbell
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the poor reviews, I was prepared to be disappointed in this book. I love Abbi Jacobson, and I think she's a brilliant comedic mind. Turns out, she's also just a real person. This is a collection of essays chronicling her processing of a breakup, framed through a cross country road trip. (Not sure why people keep saying there's no coherent plot. One, it's non-fiction. Two, it's an ESSAY COLLECTION. I digress).

I thoroughly appreciated how raw and honest this book was, and although it was
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 Stars - Disappointing

This book was disappointing. I thought it'd be a fun read, and it was to an extend, but overall it fell flat. I enjoyed Jacobson's drawings and some of what was at the core of this books/what she was feeling resonated with me. However, I didn't care for the writing style. It was chaotic in that I felt like I was reading her thoughts and her thought process and in this case I did not like that.

I'd recommend skipping this one.
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Abbi Jacobson (born February 1, 1984) is an American comedian, writer, actress and illustrator. She co-created and co-starred in the Comedy Central series Broad City with Ilana Glazer, based on the web series of the same name

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