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I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
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Apr 09, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in October, 2008

Women living outside of New York City have an understandable fascination with the women living within America’s most populous city. Known for their glamour, class, and trend-setting ways, NYC women are often seen as idols to respect and imitate.

Manhattan’s book-publicist-turned-author Sloane Crosley is, blissfully, none of these things. She’s charming, she’s funny, and she’s quirky as hell, but sophistication is something she rarely pulls off without catching her heels in a few grates. Her debut writing effort is hilariously self-effacing, and its raw honesty about her missteps and mishaps makes this collection of essays can’t-put-it-down readable.

As a twenty-something single girl writing about her life in the Big Apple, Crosley effortlessly channels Carrie Bradshaw — minus some of the sex. Not that Crosley’s writings are all PG-13 (the story “One-Night Bounce” hysterically chronicles her attempts to snag a man for a one-night stand), but she doesn’t portray her life to be as sexually-driven as Sex and the City’s starring blonde.

Instead, Crosley is a blend of both Carrie and comedian Sarah Silverman as she borrows the latter’s dry wit and sarcasm. In stories such as “Bastard out of Westchester” — where she analyzes the history of her name and contemplates how different her life might have been had she grown up in Australia — the humour stems from Crosley’s vain attempts to find sophistication and sex appeal in her typical suburban childhood.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of this consistently strong collection is “You on a Stick”: Crosley’s detailed account of her first experience as a bridal party member. If you think your time as a bridesmaid was horrific, Crosley’s story will surely put yours to shame, especially since the bride was a girl she hadn’t talked to in almost a decade!

With a history of promoting hot new books, Crosley has now succeeded in putting her own name on the bestseller list, and her unique mix of humour and humility will help to keep her there.
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