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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,313 ratings  ·  1,152 reviews
From the creator and executive producer of the beloved and universally acclaimed television series BoJack Horseman, a fabulously off-beat collection of short stories about love--the best and worst thing in the universe

Written with all the scathing dark humor that is a hallmark of BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg's stories will make readers laugh, weep, and shiver in u
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Knopf
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed listening to all the voice actors narrate the stories via audiobook. Although not all the stories hit the mark, it’s clear that Bob-Waksberg has a vast imagination and is able to put together some really creative, funny, and thoughtful short tales. I appreciate his willingness to experiment with different types of narratives and surrealism.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i snatched this arc up because Raphael Bob-Waksberg is the creator of bojack horseman. i like my entertainment to be on the sadder side of the emotional spectrum, and bojack is the saddest show on television. do not come at me waving your this is us/million little things banners, because you’re not winning this one - between the writing, the vocal talents, and whatever the tragic analogue to comedic timing is, bojack's got the trophy for 'saddest' sewn up. and i know it takes several villages to ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A series of fast-paced, absurdist tales, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory is the debut collection of Bojack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and it shares many features with the series, from surrealist plots to fits of existential angst. A couple frets over whether or not to obey grotesque, archaic rituals as they prepare for their wedding in one story; in another a group of musicians find themselves suddenly stuck with superpowers that bring only grief to their lives. Unlike Boj ...more
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
When I heard the creator of BoJack Horseman had published a book, I knew three things for certain:

1. I had to read it.
2. It would destroy me.
3. I would love it.

Now, I will confess that I also initially had some reservations. Obviously, Raphael Bob-Waksberg writes well for television. BoJack Horseman is a brilliant show that makes you cackle with laughter but also brings you to tears (for me, those tears are figurative, but some of my friends have literally sobbed over it, so yeah, it gets heavy)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read an Atlantic article about this book, and it was laudatory enough to make me think about reading this collection. I then saw the author in person at a publicity event. Raphael Bob-Waksberg came across as emotionally intelligent and funny, and peers of his (Jonny Sun and others) lauded him too, so I bought the book.

Perhaps my expectations for this particular book were too high -- in his publicity event, Bob-Waksberg talked confidently (if sarcastically) about how he was a good writer. And
Emily B
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a little hit and miss for me but I liked the originality, variety of stories and the range of formats. However it wasn't as emotional or ground breaking as I was hoping for. ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hbs-events
Spectacular. Bob-Waksberg debuts with a delightfully strange and darkly funny collection. While reading "love stories" about drunk superheroes, sacrificial weddings, inverted universes, and theme parks of dead presidents, a lump caught in my throat, a smile crept across my face, and I gasped, "I know exactly what that feels like!" ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
After hearing great things about this book from Karen and then seeing it on the longlist for the Tournament of Books, I decided to try this one in audio. It was a great decision, what a fun read (I even liked the satire, a rarity for me.) Different actors read different stories, sometimes in teams.

My favorites:
"Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" read by Raúl Esparza
"We Men of Science" read by James Urbaniak
"Rufus." read by Baron Vaughn
"Rules for Taboo" read by Will Brill and Emma Galvin
Joachim Stoop
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
It seemed right up my alley, but the alley was too shallow and narrow to get throught.
I love Bojack Horseman, but writing TV scripts clearly is an utterly different skill than writing fiction on paper.
It is often silly, superficial, childish, simple and almost never funny- despite it's aim and claim.
Why all the cheering by BJ Novak ans Kelly Link? I guess it has more to do with the Bojack Horseman- reputation than with this not even close-debut.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give this 4 stars, but after looking at the back cover and seeing that BOTH Grandma Waksberg AND Nana Bob blurbed it so positively, how could I not bump it up to 5? The title is such a perfect introduction to the stories - it's like a little note of encouragement to all the characters in the book not to give up on love, no matter what. I even like the cutely weird cover - a tickled pink background and some little 18th century guy (George Washington? George III? Samuel Johnson?) ho ...more
The truth is, the whole place is just a bunch of assholes. And it turns out making an asshole a president, just means you end up with an asshole-president. Probably could have guessed that. Being president doesn't change you, not really. Just brings out more of the You that you already are.

This is a tough one. I really liked pretty much all these stories... but the thing is that they're not really stories, each feels more like a joke in a stand-up routine... we take something absurd about life a
Toni Smith
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So weird and wonderful. Laugh-in-public funny. Always remember to hire a professional goat slaughterer.
Anshu Sharma
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lockdown_reads
Move across the country and hope the Sadness won’t find you, won’t follow you like a stray dog from coast to coast. Hope the Sadness isn’t just a fog on a leash, shadowing you always. Hope the Sadness can’t be as fleet as you are, hope the Sadness is more rooted. Perhaps the Sadness has friends, a family, and can’t just pick up and go. Look at all this stuff the Sadness has here in San Jose or Chapel Hill or wherever you’re currently leaving. How’s the Sadness going to survive without all this s ...more
Mridu  aka Storypals
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The date is going well. He’s handsome and charming, and everything he claimed to be on the website. She likes him, she decides. He’s the kind of guy you could introduce to your friends, she decides.
After dinner, he invites her back to his place. He opens a bottle of wine and pours her a glass. He also offers her a tall, skinny can with a rubber lid: “Salted circus cashew?”
“What’s circus cashew?” she asks.
“Open it up,” he says. “See for yourself.”
I got this book just when I needed it.

I read it w
like a 2.5 stars?

i wanted to like this a lot more than i actually did. i think the only story i genuinely enjoyed was the last one. other than that, the stories were okay. they had their standout moments, but as a whole, they werent particularly standout in themselves.

ps: the audiobook is excellent!!! stephanie beatriz is in it!!! and a whole lot of other really excellent narrators!!
Rumell Khan
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've completed this short story. I really liked the book. I was looking for something simple and I enjoyed every page of the book. ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened to this for the TOB Longlist. Would definitely recommend listening to the audio version. Stellar cast. Captivating content.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great essay collection. For the universally cynical clinging to hope. Will end up being a favorite of 2019.
 tatiana ❀
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

imma go ahead and say what every review ever for any short story collection ever says: some stories were better than others.

for context, i don't read short stories much at all, but i thought i might like this, and boy was i right.

overall i adored this, especially the shorter ones. the writing style was exactly the kind i love reading, it reminded me a little bit of David Sedaris (which is kinda funny because his sister, Amy Sedaris, plays a main character in Bojack Horseman, which Bob-Waks
Alison Hardtmann
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
This is a collection of short stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who is better known as the creator of Bojack Horseman. There's a distinctive tone to these stories, which feature sad sack twenty-somethings navigating romantic life and enduring break-ups in what is probably the hip part of Brooklyn, not that I would know which part of Brooklyn that is specifically. Bob-Waksberg gives his stories a distinctive voice, using bizarre situations, but peopling them with characters who are relentlessly or ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
finished this in one sitting today on my flight from nyc to la! it was a fun read, and i generally enjoyed these stories - i liked salted circus cashews, missed connection, the serial monogamist's guide to important nyc landmarks, lunch with the person who dumped you, you want to know what plays are like? i actually didn't like most of his longer stories, and i intensely disliked more of the you that you already are, but i'm not sure exactly why. i loved and appreciated the level of detail he in ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5, rounded down.

I honestly had never even heard of the author's TV series,'BoJack Horseman', but just thought the title of this collection was clever and evocative, so gave it a try. I always have trouble rating short story collections, as A. it's not a form I am particularly fond of, and B. you invariably have entries that are better and others ... not so much. Here the preponderance of greatness far outweighs the mediocre, and there is only one genuine clunker (''The Poem'). The one standout
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars so call it a 3.5. I mostly enjoyed the experience.

These are all very clever stories though sometimes that cleverness felt *much* too labored. The amazing cast of voice actors in the audio helped but some of these sentences were so overdrawn in an attempt to sound like natural speaking that they had the opposite effect.

But overlooking those issues, I mostly liked the stories. "Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" was easily my favorite, a very tongue in cheek tal
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read ! Would recommend to everyone !!! Especially fans of Bojack Horseman as Raphael Bob Waksberg has a voice like no other.

My favourite stories were ‘A Blessed and Most Auspicious Occassion’, ‘Rufus’ and ‘More of the You That You Already Are’. I have read the latter 3 times already! I hope he writers another book!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Things I typically do whilst commuting:
Listen to music/podcast/sports-related gibberish
Avoid eye contact and/or most human interaction unless absolutely necessary

Things I RARELY do whilst commuting:
Not read
Strike up random conversations
Laugh out loud

Actually, with regards to that last point I rarely laugh out loud anymore. Certainly not in public. There’s probably a reason for this; many reasons, in fact. I could list them, but let’s be honest here: you don’t care. Lord knows I don’t. What
This is a collection of short stories, so the expectation that some will be good and some not so much probably comes baked in. I've never seen the animated TV show for which Raphael Bob-Waksberg (great name, by the way) is apparently best known, and so perhaps I'm not the target audience here. There were aspects to Someone Who Will Love You which didn't work for me: sentimentality masquerading as wry detachment, a tendency to go to the same well a bit too much, conceits which were let to run a b ...more
Geoffrey Stone
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic collection of short stories. Funny and weird and heartbreaking and touching...sometimes all at once. A comparison to George Saunders is pretty much unavoidable here (format and tone is often very similar). I really hope Bob-Waksberg continues to publish his writing, especially during the time we're in between seasons of Bojack Horseman... ...more
Chelsea Thompson-O'Brien
SO GOOD. laughed in public several times.
Nabilah Firdaus
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Triumphantly silly yet unexpectedly moving, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg is a collection of 18 stories and vignettes that boldly showcases the author’s mastery of the art of storytelling. Suffused with heartfelt and absurd writing, he explores the full range of all forms of love with relatable and endearing observation that shows the ups, downs of human relationships and the mundane struggle to reconcile them.

Ranging from surreal to monotonous stori
sophia ☾
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
“And I thought about how, actually, if you wanted to, you could say the same thing about life. That life is terrifying and overwhelming and it can happen at any moment. And when you’re confronted with life you can either be cowardly or you can be brave, but either way you’re going to live. So you might as well be brave.”

this was so weird and wonderful, surreal and relatable. i loved almost all the stories included in here, i feel like there were just two stories that didn’t totally land for me,
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Raphael Matthew Bob-Waksberg is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, and voice actor. He is known as the creator and showrunner of the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman. He is also an executive producer on the animated series Tuca & Bertie.

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