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I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,466 ratings  ·  478 reviews
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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) 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 t
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, l
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: humour, non-fiction
    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
    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
    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.
    Krista Regester
    Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Abbi Jacobson is cool, suave, and classy so it’s no surprise that her book is too.
    Scott S.
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    Jaclyn Crupi
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Abbi needs Ilana. This was not great.
    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
    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
    Katie Boyer
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: memoirs-bios
    I love Broad City and Abbi to start with and this was just an easy, fun read - essays written while on a solo road trip trying to figure out some personal stuff. Some chapters were REALLY good (finding comedy, meeting Ilana, filming Broad City) and some felt like filler. Overall, I'd only recommend this if you're already a fan or are just looking for an easy read.
    Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    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
    Tessy Consentino
    Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Abbi is me and I am Abbi.
    Katherine D. Morgan
    Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
    I never really watched Broad City, but I know of the show and did like what I watched. There are some parts of this book that I really loved. Reading about Abbi’s heartbreak was comforting, because I’m going through my own at this moment. Reading about the creation of Broad City and meeting Ilana and discovering their mutual love of comedy was empowering. Abbi is a boss ass bitch, but I don’t think that she truly knows it. She’s funny and she is wise, and those bits and pieces of the book were t ...more
    Nate Hawthorne
    Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I didn't know anything about the author before I started this book. The book is about a road trip to help get over a broken relationship. I found her observations on losing love were applicable to all sorts of loss and grief. I took quite a bit away from this book.
    Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: non-fiction, adult, lgbtq
    Best book I've read in a year.
    I love Abbi Jacobson and her work, but this book was a bit uneven. It shines where she is most specific in her stories (I.e. visiting an aura reader in Sedona) where I am often laughing and crying in the same breath. When she is speaking in generalities about life on the road or after a breakup or whatever it may be, I found myself drifting a bit. Sure, it’s relatable—but not in a way that is novel or makes you see those experiences in a new way.

    All in all, I enjoyed getting the chance to have
    Amy Polyreader
    Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Exactly the revitalizing read I needed! Humorous, engaging and self-reflective. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy from the publisher pre-release date, and I just devoured this in a few short sittings. Full review to come on the blog!
    Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A total delight! Equal parts poignant and funny, Abbi has a really cool perspective.
    Shannon Smith
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A lovely, well-paced read. Such a special experience hearing some of Abbi’s vulnerabilities. Incredibly relatable, funny, and kind.
    Sarah Silcox
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this book. It felt like a conversation with a good friend that can be silly, vulnerable and profound all at the same time. I appreciated Abbi’s openness throughout the whole book and I was sad to finish it because I wanted more. I hope she continues to write more books!
    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.
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    A bit scattered, a bit anxiety-producing, very relatable. During the moments in which she talked about having to plan out trips to places she's never been, allowing herself an extra thirty minutes, the anxiety of finding a parking spot, all that jazz and I'm like, "Yeah, I do that. Is that something most people don't do?"

    Anyway, I listened to the audiobook, and she reads it amazingly (obviously, she does voice acting, after all). However, you miss out on the drawings unless you're sitting there
    Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
    i absolute love abbi and i try to support her any way i can, si when i heard she had a book coming out, i was HYPED. i have a very similar thought process to abbi’s so that really boosted my enjoyment of this book because i felt like i was catching everything she was throwing. i can definitely see why other would not like this as much as i did, but i just had a blast going through this and it made me reevaluate some shit in my life
    I'm a big fan of break-up literature, and there's a lot to like here. Abbi's voice is funny and vulnerable, but something just didn't connect for me. I've read a lot of essay collections in the past couple years and this one isn't really on my favorites list?
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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
    “Mediocrity isn’t a part of the successful women’s handbook, but I’m sorry, boys, for you it is. Women have to push harder, jump farther, stay later, think better, shit faster, all while trying their best to maintain whatever society says today their body should look like, how they should parent, what they should wear, when they should find love, what’s inappropriate for them to do, say, be, feel, or fuck. The outward pressures are constant, but the inward congestion of doubts and insecurities are sometimes louder—women really can have it all!” 4 likes
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