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No Happy Endings

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The author of It’s Okay to Laugh and host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking—interviews that are “a gift to be able to listen [to]” (New York Times)—returns with more hilarious meditations on her messy, wonderful, bittersweet, and unconventional life.

Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Dey Street Books
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Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-2019
Wow. Nora McInery's writing style is hilarious and real. She bravely bares it all in this book, going through the many mixed emotions she felt after falling in love again a little over 6 months after her first husband died of brain cancer at 35. After dating her soon to be second husband, Matthew, for a few months, she becomes pregnant, and they merge their families--his 14 and 9 year olds with her 3 year old. I can't overstate how much I enjoyed McInery's writing. This book is about sad, tough ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, own
It's amazing how sometimes a book can just hit you at the right time. No Happy Endings did that for me. This is a book I needed to be reading tonight, and I was reading it because Nora mailed me a copy and maybe I also needed that surprise act of genuine kindness. (Honestly, it's going to take me months to stop being excited that I own a book signed by #ralphiegrams. Note this wasn't in exchange for review, literally just a super nice gift.)

This book is about persisting, and loving, and people.
Donna Hines
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nevertheless She Persisted!
Life has a way of knocking you to your knees, dusting off, and going another merry go round.
How you choose to enter the arena is your choice but the exit may not be what you hoped but in some ways was exactly what you needed.
Look nobody enjoys having to say goodbye. Our lives are on a time clock as I truly believe everything happens for a reason.
Some wonder if the person who is about to pass knows as in my case with my niece at 12yo when she gave a friend a heart cryi
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love Nora. I took the long way to work when I downloaded the book and found myself laughing till there were tears, then sitting in my car crying till I was laughing. It took me two days to finish. ❤ ...more
Kelly Hager
This book is exactly what I needed. It's sad---heartbreakingly so---in parts. But it's also hopeful and warm, and it's so, so funny.

Nora is my imaginary best friend, and she's very real in this. There are a lot of emotions (not all of them sad ones although obviously when you lose a baby, your dad and your husband in back to back losses, there are plenty of sad ones) and we feel them all with her. 

I believe this will be on a lot of Best Of lists this year and it deserves its space on all of them
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, own
I love everything Nora has to say. I could listen to her tell her stories of love and loss all day long.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
I love her sense of humor, and think her resilience is amazing, so my rating of this book doesn't reflect how I feel about the material as a whole. I just felt that several of the chapters were somewhat repetitive, and could have been condensed into one chapter, or perhaps more focused. I still appreciated reading this follow up to her first book, however, and think she's a wonderful writer.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I always hate reviewing a memoir since it feels wrong. I love love love her podcast & I feel like I know her a little from listening to all the episodes. While reading this book it was her voice I could hear reading it. Some of these stories I already knew from her podcast. I love her style & personality. And I don’t know why it bugs me so much but I really want to know what Baby’s name is!! Can’t wait to meet her in a few weeks!!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my guilty pleasures is watching the latest season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Rachel Lindsay, one of the former Bachelorettes, always used this line with her guys - and it was about being honest and open with her..."keep it 100." I think that is why I am such a big fan of Nora McInerny - she keeps it 100.

It takes a lot of courage and strength to throw your most vulnerable thoughts and feelings out into the world, but that's what she has done with No Happy Endings. Her words are
Jessica Knutson
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nora has a way of making you want to shed tears and laugh all in the same breath, and this memoir is no different. I was lucky enough to see Nora during her book reading last week and she's just as charming in person as she writes in her book. We all have hard things, and Nora is phenomenal at making you feel like your own things are okay, and that there's no timeline to any feelings you have, there's no need to conform to social norms, and there's no reason you need to be ashamed of anything yo ...more
Anna Smith
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Memoirs are not something I usually but the story was compelling and at times made me laugh
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve followed Nora for a long time, and I liked her first book, and I listen to her podcast, so I was probably always going to like this book. But I *loved* this book. Nora’s essays are crisp, and funny, and sad, and honest. And her footnotes are gold. Yes, this book deals in some heavy stuff. Read it still. Hell, read it because it deals in heavy stuff, and as Nora points out, none of us gets out of a full life without it.
Katie Pelton
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made a direct, immediate impact on my life. Not because I've had any major losses specifically but I got the message that life is short and you should tell people you love them when you feel it. You should tell them you're glad you found them.

She's witty, smart, transparent, vulnerable, all in a very digestible way. I'm sorry she had to experience such loss to share her light so publicly but we're all lucky to see it.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Lots of wisdom and humor here.
Claire Gibson
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Nora puts words to things I've felt and I love the experience of reading, but feeling like she's talking to me. Way to go Nora. This is awesome.
Emily Q.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nora McInerny is a genius.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nora McInerny had to deal with a lot of loss in a very short amount of time and she has taken that experience and moved on with her life. This book is about her "Chapter 2" and how she has moved forward (new husband and family) without losing her past (losing her father, unborn child, and husband in a single year). I thought her story and examples from her life remind the reader that there is no right way to grieve and no right way to move on. Funny and personal this book was paradoxically a lig ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very extremely enjoyable memoir about very extremely difficult situations. I think that Nora and I have a similar sense of humor because the story about Matthew's chair the night she met him made me cry laughing.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do yourself the favor and read this. It’s funny, it’s honest, it’s candid, it’s raw. Nora has a way with words that will make you laugh and cry in the same breath. Brilliant book!
Lisa Gennusa-O'Connell
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just texted my current husband saying, “It’s affirming to read another woman’s story that so closely parallels mine”. In No Happy Endings Nora McInerny continues telling us her story started in her book, It’s OK to Laugh (Crying is OK too). I quickly realized after starting the first memoir that I’d need my trusty underlining pencil that I use to say “YES! Me too!” Similar to the way I use the highlighting tool on my kindle. I also secretly hope that whoever reads the book after me will someho ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny was a honest and authentic memoir. This is my second of her books (The first being It's Okay to Laugh - Crying is Cool, Too), and above all else, she tells real stories. She is someone who is living a life she never could have expected in so many ways, and she is willing to share what that experience is like. In this book, she focuses on the after of losing her husband Adam. In this after, some
Shannyn Shuklian
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So let me preface this review with the fact that I have never heard of the author, read her first book or listened to her podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

I thought this book was hilarious and honest. Life is all about the ups and downs and she mentions several times throughout the book that you shouldn’t hide your real feelings in the hopes that someone else will feel better. You should be honest. If you want to cry, cry. If a song comes on that brings up a sad or happy memory, blast it an
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Nora McInerny is brilliant and real and talented with words. When she talked about anxiety, I thought me too! Postpartum stuff... Me too! The devestating discovery of Becky smoking in the bathroom at her too! Her stories are relatable, entertaining, tear-jerkers.

Reading Nora's words are like having a conversation with a friend while getting a hug. There is comfort in the uncomfortable because everyone is going to experience terrible things, but people forge on and
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2019
In Nora McInerny’s memoir “No Happy Endings” we are shown how it is possible to be happy after a significant loss, to still feel the grief of that loss every day, and how to somehow reckon those two opposing emotions. Nora is a mom, wife, stepmom, public speaker, nonprofit founder, Instagram realist, daughter, daughter in law, daughter in law again, and at the forefront of all of these roles, she is a widow. In her memoir, we discover how you can be all of these roles and sometimes be super happ ...more
Jill Vosberg
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have followed along Nora's journey through social media and her podcast TTFA for many years now. I feel like we've grown up together in our 30s traversing very different hard times, but hard nonetheless. Reading this book felt like hanging on the couch with a good friend: the kind of easy comfortable that makes you get a lump in your throat, varying emotions ranging from LOL to crying and solving all of the worlds problems while also talking about the frivolous stuff too. I really enjoyed read ...more
Chloe Chesla
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate Nora’s voice, her perspective, and her honesty. By voice I do mean the way she writes things, but also her literal voice because she’s one of the few podcasters I can handle listening to because she just sounds like a real person.
This book provided more of that: realness. Authenticity. Whatever. It made me laugh out loud (in public). It made me cry (also in public). It made me think. And it helped me formulate new opinions. Nora’s work has impacted my li
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this (and her first book) but I think it reads better if you listen to her podcast (which I do!). The podcast is Terrible Thanks for Asking, go listen I'll wait...

"'Are you pregnant?' This stranger didn't know that she had pushed me into a rabbit hole of shame with her question. She was giving me a chance to tell eveyone about my happy ending, about how the struggle and loss was all worth it. But that's oversimplifying the narrative. I couldn't talk about my happiness without touching th
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The five stars is for more than the book. It is for Nora herself. I loved her first book and then found her podcast and then started following her on IG. Her stuff is tragic, but always leaves me wanting more and feeling uplifted though sad. But, as she points out often, you can be happy and sad at the same time. The audiobook was great since it was read by Nora herself. She is very funny. Glad she has expanded her heart to include another love and a bigger family and still can mourn her losses ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Nora on the internet since before Aaron died. I know that I was brought to her via Tumblr, but have no idea what sent me her way. This book is a magical little piece of a life that is both unique and ordinary; she is both beyond special and just like everyone else. If you have experience grief, and who hasn't, you can glean some wisdom and insight into how you can work through it. I love Nora's writing style and how she describes very complicated feelings with just the right ...more
Kari Ann Sweeney
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, memoir
“Even if you’re surrounded by people you love, figuring out grief is a solo project.”
The author suffered a miscarriage and endured the death of her father and her husband to a brain tumor in a 6 week time period. This memoir is certainly about grief, but also about figuring out "Chapter 2". After such a monumental loss what does happiness look like? It’s complicated- sometimes riddled with guilt and judgement. But it’s also heartwarming, hopeful and funny. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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