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Between a Rock and a Hot Place by Tracey Jackson
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Mar 02, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: do-not-own, 2012, food-diet-health-brain-medical, non-fiction, self-help, autobiography-biography-memoir, humor, coming-of-age
Read from March 01 to 03, 2012

The author is completely full of herself, lacks self-awareness, and isn't nearly as funny as she believes.

All that being said, the book actually isn't that bad, at least not the first 2/3 of it. The last 1/3 is kind of odd since it turns into random self-help chapters and takes on a tone and direction that the prior 2/3 did not have (from a book that already lacks direction, that is quite an impressive feat).

So I had to skim those parts as they often dragged on with mind-numbing examples of some random person in her life. The support she was trying to provide through those examples didn't translate well and left me dreaming about how many more pages were left in the chapter. The book went from having mediocre attempts at wit, to just a flat out borefest.

Tracey is probably a very nice woman, but she thinks she is absolutely hilarious and the bitterness she has for not being recognized for her talent in Hollywood bleeds through the pages more than once. It was akin to an athlete from years past who is now passed their prime and having a hard time comprehending why they never started for the team, and why no one is chasing after them to be associated with the franchise today.

Tracey is indeed funny at times, a chuckle here and there, but she will not have you crying from laughter like she imagines.

Although, through an ironic twist, I did find her constant reminders of how funny and witty she is (she likes to tell you she's funny since you may not notice) to the reader quite humorous. However, I presume her intent at comedy was to have the reader laughing with her, not at her.

The first 2/3 of the book aren't too bad though, and she is definitely worthy of praise for an extremely honest approach to a topic that generally does have quite a bit of spin on it. Her motive was to cut through that spin with pure veracity, and to add some humor along the way.

Had she stuck exclusively to this format, it probably would have been a great book. Unfortunately, she tries to do so much in her writing that the book loses more than it gains from the inclusion of extra topics & tangents. Moreover, she is so busy trying to convince the reader that she is wonderful and funny (something that she believes people in her real life think of her as) that she ends up coming off as an mildly obnoxious and extremely insecure-traits that are not attractive at any age, more or less 50-something.

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