Same comforting format as always. Some lovely Easter Eggs peppered throughout! An ending that makes me wish I had waited for the next book to be publiSame comforting format as always. Some lovely Easter Eggs peppered throughout! An ending that makes me wish I had waited for the next book to be published before starting this one... can someone PLEASE explain Undine to me?...more
It feels like a let down... as though it was all for nothing in the end. The first 454 pages were a great story- an adventure worth being on. After thIt feels like a let down... as though it was all for nothing in the end. The first 454 pages were a great story- an adventure worth being on. After that, all of the characters who I invested my interest in until that point no longer mattered at all. Why bother? As disappointing as the end of the Divergent series... these authors have taken the easy way out... a tidy ending that doesn't need to be carried on. So unsatisfying. [spoilers...] What irritates me the most is the little blurbs at the beginning of some chapters that came from historians in the future writing about the Glynn Queen. Why hint at a future when the ending means the Glynn Queen would never exist? What a waste of the author's creativity. I feel sad for this book and for the readers who it will disappoint. If this really is the ending, I'm not a fan. It gets 3 stars for starting out worth-while......more
**spoiler alert** It would be 5 stars but I wasn't fond of the ending. It hits at a resolution -but I suppose it's the best possible outcome for Chris**spoiler alert** It would be 5 stars but I wasn't fond of the ending. It hits at a resolution -but I suppose it's the best possible outcome for Christopher....more
I read it in 8 hours... smoking and drinking Stiegl Radlers, and laughing to myself.. at 10:30pm when I was about 100 pages in, a neighbour down the sI read it in 8 hours... smoking and drinking Stiegl Radlers, and laughing to myself.. at 10:30pm when I was about 100 pages in, a neighbour down the street cranked "I don't feel like Dancin'" by the Scissor Sisters and I just thought to myself "This Might Get Weird Y'all."
I knew I would be very biassed going in to this book. As an avid fan of her YDAD YouTube show (and someone who has already made several of her drinks [try the "Matthew McConaugh-Yay! Ya did it!" you will not regreat it]) , and who smiles from ear to ear at the phrase "WELCOME TO MAMETOWN!" I love this woman.
Going through the reviews I have seen the words "Bawdy" "Raunchy" and "Boozy Misadventures" too many times, and they have lost all meaning to me. I'm not going to use any of them to describe this book or this woman. She is a fking delight. A funny as hell, gorgeous as all get out, Down Home meets High Class woman. She is a god damned joy. And this is still my opinion of her after reading her book.
I think Mamrie is a woman for women. She has so many girl friends who she speaks about at length in YDAD, and who she obviously adores. I had heard her talk about Topless Tuesdays on Ear Biscuits (Rhett & Link's podcast) but I really liked the chapter on it- about watching her shy friend come out of her shell. I feel like Mamrie is a woman out to empower all women, even if, at the time, she just didn't want to stain her shirt.
She judges without being judgemental, and she praises without being fake. Her voice is genuine and refreshing.
I recently read Amy Poehler's "Yes Please," and we all know Amy is ALL ABOUT empowering women (Go look up Smart Girls immediately if you don't know what I'm talking about) and I think Mamrie really embodies that ideal. A Rising Tide Raises all Ships, and I think Camp Takota proved that idiom applies to Mamrie. She wrote a movie and rounded up her best girl friends and together they made it happen. She raised them up, not because she had to, but because she wanted to.
I'm not saying this book is about bonding over your synced up periods and joining the Boy Haters club, but if you look past the liquor-fuelled parties, fantastic adventures, terrible morning afters, panic attacks and 'miniature' obsessions, you'll see that most of the time this woman was being a great friend to her girl friends, or being supported by great female friends.
It is so empowering and awesome to see a girl being chill and cool and kind to other girls, rather than shit talking them behind their backs and giving a crap if they've put on a few pounds. She talks about poop, farts, pubes, and vaginas wearing fake eye-lashes, which if you think is unfeminine, you need to GTFO. It's the epitome of feminine and feminist. If you think women don't talk about all of these things to each other ALL THE TIME you're living under a weird rock. This memoir's candidness is both hilarious and empowering. Making the secret conversations women have feel like they don't have to be secrets. Everybody poops, y'all.
Now I feel like I've use the word empowering so many times I've made it sound like this book is the next 'Feminine Mystique.' It isn't. It's a memoir about a 90's kid growing up in and leaving a po-dunk town. Someone with an imagination I would kill for, an incredibly determined will, and the work ethic to write a movie, a book, sketches for live shows, to act, to craft, and whatever the hell else she has in the works (SECRET PROJECT oooooOOOOooo!!) But it's also about a woman who has had the joy of experiencing life with (mostly) awesome friends and who has the stories to prove it....more