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

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  18,681 ratings  ·  1,209 reviews
ntroducing 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 before she even puts on a bra.

She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone
Paperback, 225 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Villard (first published January 1st 2002)
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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
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'
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
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
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. ...more
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
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
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
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
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hilarious!! Found myself laughing out loud. Funny, sarcastic humor. Loved it!!
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
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
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy outrageous girl humor
This woman has a grasp on hilarity. Not only is she unashamed of herself, she embraces who she is- and I love her for it!
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
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, essays, humor
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
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.
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Laurie Notaro is my hero. She's abrasive, brash, and completely unapologetic. Her stories are the ultimate test of my laughing-hysterically-while-holding-my-bladder capabilities.

The female answer to David Sedaris. Only ten times more offensive.
Tricia Henderson
Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is so much fun and it reminds me of one my best friends. I read it in a day and couldnt stop laughing.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
For a book that is supposed to be funny, it wasn't funny at all. Couldn't read past page 30. I guess, it just not my cup of tea... ...more
Sara Goldenberg
Everything she writes is SO funny!!!
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.
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!
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. ...more
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.
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. ...more
There are some funny parts, but Notaro's life stories and observations aren't really big enough for a full length book.  I'm also a little conflicted about the young-woman-idiot/basketcase culture that's become a fad lately...but I bet that would bother me less if it was a better book.  ...more
Lisa Gremillion
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy essay collections, this one is hilarious. Personally, I love reading stories from relatable people--it reminds me that I'm the the only one living in chaos! ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for a memoir class I took years ago. T’was alright. I especially liked the one about her trip to the gynecologist’s office.
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