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The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life

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“I’ve changed a bit since high school. Back then I said no to using and selling drugs. I washed on a normal basis and still had good credit.”

Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that’s bef
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Paperback, 225 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Villard (first published January 1st 2002)
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M.fennell
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Frigging hilarious.

I, in the five short years since initially discovering this gift to reading, have purchased no less than five copies of this book. Five, because every time I give it to a friend to read, it doesn't come back to me. It will be six shortly, when my mother fails to return the copy I gave her last week.

In fact, this book is so funny it caused me to disown her.

I gave her a copy to glance through, but she actually started to read, and began to laugh with quick bursts of air. Then b
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Chris
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Maybe I need to give this one a re-read, but I was pretty disappointed. It tried a little *too* hard for my taste...(take a look at the titles of all of her books--you'll see what I mean about trying too hard)...didn't ring quite true...too self-congratulatory without being truly funny or anything I could really relate to--which was sad, because with a title like *that*, I thought I'd struck gold. It just struck me as too over the top--very "look at how goofy and silly and clumsy I am!", with no ...more
Miss Michael
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
So, I don't know why, but I was underwhelmed. I guess it didn't really make me laugh as much as I'd hoped. I feel like Notaro is that absolutely hilarious friend in your life that you totally think should capture all of your group hijinks in a way only she can. You know the ones. Only your friends never do that, because as it turns out, you kind of had to be there. I felt like most of this stuff would be funny if you knew the people involved, or if you were drunk when it happened.

It did have it'
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Sajib Johnsen
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
If this woman can write a book and get published...I can write a book and get published. There's something very awkward about reading a book about such a mess of a woman. The only interesting or funny story within this composition of short stories based on real life events is the one where she runs over her grandfather at 5mph while he jumps out of the car to grab day old bread out of the dumpster. I'm sure there are plenty of people who thought this was a very clever book. I stand by my first s ...more
Laren
May 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
I really wanted to like this book because the title has so much promise. But I had a hard time identifying with the author. She lives a self-proclaimed mess of a life, and doesn't seem to care since it enables her to poke fun at herself. This book would probably be very funny to someone more free-spirited than myself, but it left me quite appalled that I had bothered at all.
Rachel
This book was a Christmas gift from my coworker. That is relevant here because before this coworker and I met for the first time, we were prophetically assured by someone who'd worked with both of us that we would like each other, but I still wasn't prepared for how instantly that would be true. We have the exact same sense of humor and life philosophy of not taking things too seriously. Now, after three years of working together, she has pictures of my father saved in her camera roll for laughs ...more
Aerin
Feb 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
“I’ve changed a bit since high school. Back then I said no to using and selling drugs. I washed on a normal basis and still had good credit.”

Laurie Notaro offers a collection of the same humor she uses in her Phoenix newspaper column to describe life as it really is. From crashing high school reunions to describing the eight stages of drunk, from arriving at jury duty only to be mistaken for homeless to wearing ex-boyfriend un-washed boxers to the gym, Notaro recounts the misadventures of hersel
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Madeline
Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
I want to be friends with Laurie Notaro. She's rude, cynical, angry, sarcastic, usually drunk, and completey hilarious. The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club is a collection of short stories taken from Notaro's unbelievably amusing life. One of my favorite stories describes Laurie visiting her grandmother in the hospital and having to explain to "Nana" exactly what Monica Lewinsky did with Bill Clinton.
Ohter books from Notaro that are equally hilarious: I Love Everybody And Other Atrocious Lies
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Karen
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hilarious!! Found myself laughing out loud. Funny, sarcastic humor. Loved it!!
Jamie
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, non-fiction
This is the second memoir by Laurie Notaro that I have listened to., THe first she did herself and I was pleasantly amused. This one has someone else doing the narration. Hillary is dry and boring! That si the LAST thing I want in what is suppose to make me laugh! Also this one seems even more over the top from her last book. Combine this together, along with her other books and it is WAY too unbelievable. I get you make the situations funnier and bigger than the really are but I am starting to ...more
Nicole R
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Many funny stories don't equal a particularly funny book.

This is a collection of newspaper columns that Laurie wrote as the humor columnist for Arizona Republic. Each 3-5 page story in itself was pretty entertaining in a whiskey tango kinda way - lots of chain smoking, excessive drinking, and lack of personal hygiene but with a humorous spin. However, the collection of all of the stories in one place, back-to-back, with not even a loose storyline to hold them together ended up being a redundant
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Colleen
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can’t honestly remember how I found this book. But a few weeks ago I saw it sitting on the bookshelf that I devote to books I intend on reading. So, I picked it up and read a few pages and busted out laughing! I then proceeded to voraciously read this collection of essays by Laurie Notaro about her effed up life and what it means to be a member of the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club. Laurie Notaro is my new idol, actually idol is probably not the best word because she’s made some pretty stu ...more
Sherrie
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I CAN see why Laurie Notaro is an admired serial newspaper columnist. Her wit is tailor made for quick, snappy visits into her own past Sex In The City-type lifestyle. (Thankfully, minus anything overly explicit in this one.) Each chapter reads as such: extended, random, personal articles. I, too, am quite well-versed (even fluent) in sarcasm, though I prefer mine sprinkled with a tad less angst. I believe Laurie uses this as a device to intrigue, but the humor feels forced at times. Frankly, th ...more
Robin
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, essays
This book was disappointing for some reason, although it should have occurred to me that a book filled with essays about drunken escapades doesn't make for the best reading; one is advised, rather, to participate in drunken escapades of their own. Mostly I can't believe that this is a book. I mean, really? If I wrote stories about all the times I got drunk and dragged grocery carts up to rooftops and hurled them off, or got drunk and shot bottle rockets at crack dealers, or got drunk and peed my ...more
Claudia
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls who need to laugh
Recommended to Claudia by: Mary!
Shelves: chick-lit
Laurie Notaro has put together a funny collection of what seems to be columns from her newspaper work. Some are laugh-out-loud (the candy apple incident, and Laurie explaining Monica Lewinsky's escapades to her grandmother!); some are mildly uncomfortable. Some I related to immediately (ashes of the old lady left in her house by an ex-boyfriend -- you'll have to ask me for specifics!); some I got tired of -- all the drinking stories. But she created some memorable characters, especially the litt ...more
Matt Knepper
The shopkeeper at the local bookstore picked this book out for me describing the author as the female equivalent of David Sedaris. I'd say that was a fair assessment. It got me to read it, and I'm glad I did. I thought it was hilarious. There were several parts that made me laugh out loud, and a couple that made me squirm. The cast of colorful characters made these misadventures come to life. The author's tales and writing style got me to relate to her. At times, I pitied her, and at other times ...more
Dana Berglund
Laurie Notaro was billed to me as the new, female David Sedaris, or Augusten Burroughs (sp?) because of her autobiographical vignettes and smart wit. Some parts of this books (which I think was her first) made me laugh out loud, but lots of parts just made me cringe. I hope she has dealt with her drinking issues in ways besides just writing about them! Not necessary to read cover-to-cover, although some stories build on previous info.
Natalia Skorupa
Jul 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nie da się tego czytać, niestety.
Susan Fritz
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Ha! This book reminded me a lot of my college days, er..late 20s, early 30s...Shit, who am I kidding, there are still parts of current life that I can relate! Quick, funny read based off of her real life newspaper column.
Ange
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny compilation of essays/newspaper columns. Laurie Notaro has made me laugh out loud. Looking forward to reading more of her books.
Anna
I had to look up when the heck this was from, and now that I see it's 2002, it makes a bit more sense. It does read like redneck Jen Lancaster - not my favorite book, but amusing enough to listen to the whole thing.
MaryE
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A funny, quick read. Very light anecdotes for the author's early twenties. I found myself unable to put it down and get to bed.
Brenda
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Laurie is a walking disaster. it was a funny and quick read. Kept me entertained for part of an afternoon!
thefourthvine
I read this one because kristiinthedark made me. (Okay, she made me by saying, "Well, I liked it." But she said it in a very coercive way, trust me.) And I did like this better than the last two books I read by Notaro. This one was truly funny in places, and not nearly so cringe-inducing in the places where it wasn't funny, and if I didn't exactly love it, I'm still giving it four stars because a) hey, it was funny, what more can I want? and b) my problems with it were more idiosyncrasies of min ...more
Jessica
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I normally don't read nonfiction books, but after reading Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky (a food blogger) over the summer, I've been dying to pick up another nonfiction book with that same kind of fun, witty voice. I saw the cover of this one at the library and just new this was the perfect book to satisfy that need!

I have no idea who Laurie Notaro is, but her bio says that she's a columnist who has written quite a few books filled with her essays. This one was definitely an awesome place to s
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Millie Taylor
I really wanted to love this book. It had so much promise at the beginning! It wasn't really BAD, mind you. It was okay. It was meh. (This is why I gave it two stars instead of one.) As a collection of essays, you know that there really isn't going to be much in the way of cohesiveness to it and I understood that going into it. Also, there was the idea that this was set up from newspaper columns that the author wrote. That's fine as well. I understand that.

Still, there was something about her to
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Laurie Notaro is one of those self printing success stories. After failing to find a publisher for a collection of her humor columns she turned to print on demand. The success of her book caught the eye Random House who offered her a two book deal. She now has seven books.

The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club is Laurie Notaro's first book with Random House. It contains a series of short stories from her life. They can be divided up for the most part into tales about drinking, tales about the ef
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Marissa
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny
This woman deserves a medal for this book. There were moemnts on the subway that I was trying to surpress my laughter, snorting, crying, while still trying to breathe that everyone in the train car was watching me like i'm having an epilieptic fit. It was worth every embarrasing thing they must have been thinking about me, to have read this book. While the chapters in the middle were much funnier than the ones at the end- I still didn't feel like the book went out with a whimper. Worth every pen ...more
Heather
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, humor
This book had me laughing so hard, I actually woke up my roommate thinking I was sobbing! The author does a great job of telling a hysterical story about life on the edge of counter-culture- joking about the substance-abuse problems of close friends, hiding cigarettes from the trainers at the gym and loser pot-head ex-boyfriends. She also has a way of making real-life situations (getting a flat tire on the highway, stretching out too-tight jeans) seem humorous. While it may not be for everyone, ...more
Mikael
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for any woman that isn't super model skinny, that may drink to much, smoke to many cigs. and has a sense of humor. I laughed so hard at a few of the stories that I was crying and my husband was telling me to stop because he was trying to read too. I had to stop reading in mid story just because I knew I wasn't going to get through it without starting a fight. Plus my dogs thought I was hurt or something and had descended on me from every part of the house. I finally finished ...more
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“Goddamnit I've never been the "pretty friend..." She's the one who wears the perfect eyeliner, it never gathers like a crowd in her tear ducts to create a grapefruit-size ebony eye booger. The one who can wear a bodysuit, sit down in it, and not have rolls of fat cascading over her belt. The one who can eat a sandwich or hamburger and not wind up with lipstick on the bun or on her chin. The one who can actually eat in front of other people and not have food, like coleslaw, hanging from her lip or shooting out of her mouth, landing on the plates of other diners. She never spits when she talks. She sleeps with her mouth shut and never drools. She doesn't pick at her face. And she never, ever has to take a shit.” 25 likes
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