Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour
When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert—with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money—finally scores her big break. And, after a fluke at customs in Vienna, she gets her golden ticket: an unstamped passport, giving her free rein to “find herself” on a grand tour of Europe. Traveling from Vienna to Z...more
A. It would have been interesting.
B. It would have been 108% less annoying and 127% less preachy.
C. It would be Everything Is Going To Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour
Can you be under thirty and publish the second volume of your memoirs? You can if you're the super funny Rachel Shukert. In her first book Have You Know Shame and Other Regrettable Stories, Shukert took us as far as the start of her life at NYU. In her new bo ...more
This book was a little bit of a struggle to get through. I know right away when I like a book, I'll want to keep going. Here, I had to struggle to not put down the book after the first chapter. The way that Shukert uses humor to diffuse the story that she's tellin ...more
Subtitled An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour, Shukert recounts her many adventures traveling around Europe, first as the member of an acting troupe with a sketchy agenda, and then on her own, courtesy of an unstamped passport which allowed her ...more
I wasn't offended by the language or humor, which I'm assuming is why a lot of people gave it low reviews. ...more
I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel Shukert at a book blogger event hosted by Harper Perennial (I just love them!) during the 2010 BookExpo America and the Book Blogger Convention week last May at the Algonquin Hotel. (I know, pretty friggin fancy, aren’t I?) I was hurting desperately due to major shoe ...more
Both happenstance and serendipity find Rachel living in Europe. An unstamped passport ...more
First off, Rachel's Grand Tour of Europe only really happens in Amsterdam. She spends a couple of pages in France and some in another country, but the rest takes place ...more
I was a little skeptical at first. I requested the book because, like most things, I liked the cover more than the other books on the list. I had never heard of Rachel Shukert before requesting the book, but after I received it I started seeing her name everywhere. People were raving about her and her second memoir. It is always such a pleasant surprise to find out that after being completely shallow in your reading choices you are re ...more
Other reviews have mentioned that this book is basically Rachel's tour through the men of Europe, and that is somewhat true. I didn't think it was as bad as other reviews made it sound (the threesome scene was actually a bit funny since the image is of one of the guys cavorting around in his zebra-print g-string), but I did think the title was a bit wrong. It wasn't a "Eur ...more
As we embark on this journey with Rachel Shukert we are immediately intertwined into her whirlwind adventures. In Everything Is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert we are thrust into a world of snide and sarcastic comments, and I love it! Rachel a recent NYU graduate with a wonderful and extremely useful degree in Acting. Jewish girls everywhere listen up! Remember those calls from your mother po ...more
2 words that describe the book―Sex Memoir (NOT so much a travel memoir as you might think)
3 setting where the book took place or characters I met
* Setting: Primarily Vienna and Amsterdam, Modern Day
* Rachel Shukert is a Jewish girl from Omaha who moves to New York City to make it as an actress. She is broke and barely getting by when she finally gets her “big break”—working for a te ...more
Rating: Between 2.5 stars and 3.
How I got this book: Sent to me by the awesome people at Harper Perennial
Why I read this: I'm obsessed with travelogues and was so excited because it about a girl who was a recent college grad and I figured I'd be able to live vicariously through her as a recent college grad myself!
This book and I had a love/hate relationship. I started this book and found myself loving it and then I hit a chunk where I wanted to flin ...more
* Book is written by a wonderfully funny self-deprecating and honest women
* So funny at times you will snort wine out your nose -- true story (Hmm, maybe should put that under not so good stuff)
* The How to Use this Book at the beginning is worth the price of the book alone
* Love her relationships and conversations between Rachel and her parents and between her and her two gay roommates
* Refreshingly honest, definitely the kinda person you want to hang around with
* Oh come o ...more
Everything is Going to Be Great is about Shukert's journey in Europe after landing a role in a play. After graduating with a fancy degree from NYU, Shuk ...more
Actually, come to think of it, even more embarrassing is explaining all of this to your mother — I had the ...more
This and more you can find in this funny memoir. There’s funny writing and funny situations. I personally liked reading about the things that happen to Shukert a lot, but I found her attempts t ...more
Given my complete and total prudery, you might not think I'd enjoy this book, which is all about the author's experience with alcohol, men, and l ...more
This book, following the young Shukert on various European excursions and adventures, is as funny and knowing as any book I've read this. After college, Shukert gets ...more
This book is hardly what I expected, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. I thought by "grand tour", it was going to be something of a trip throug ...more
a) too desperate to have anyone to like/want you, and
b) too naive that you actually feel flattered by strangers groping you,
the book didn't really offer me anything I couldn't already find in typical cynical/self-deprecating comedy.
The title is at the same time misleading and true. The book is not about anything normal people would think of when they read the words "European Grand Tour". The author only went ...more