I guess I got what I paid for. I think there were unanswered questions about Rachel Dratch that I would ask her in person such as: Does SNL really pay well enough that you can live in Manhattan without steady work for a length of time? Surely there were more discussions with Baby-daddy that we weren't privy to about where your relationship was going? I felt the reader was left hanging... but then, Rachel Dratch may have been left hanging too...
Probably not... My life is just as interesting.
No, just a paragraph about what happened to her and the baby's father.
I don't mean to sound harsh here, though I realize I do. It was just a weird kind of story that I felt relied on the SNL connection to sell. I don't think Rachel Dratch capitalized on her humor and talent, of which I know she has tons, especially in the second half of the book. I feel like a big meanie, because it is her life after all, and I do think it's wonderful that she has her son.
I wasn't that familiar with Rachel Dratch before listening to this. Now, I'm looking forward to hearing more from her.
Yes! And I rarely will listen to something twice. This really has stuck with me, though.
It's an autobiography.
Some parts sounded a little stilted at first, especially describing SNL (where everyone is amazing and awesome, and she's not going to dish anything negative, which is good for her as a person but less interesting to us), but when she got into describing her personal life, it was engrossing!
I like going for books by and about smart, funny women. I loved Tina Fey's book. This one is better.
Really funny and very well read. As Poignant as it was entertaining. Have recommended it to several friends now. A nice light end of summer read.
In the top five
Candid, personal looks into her life
The fact that she narrated it herself
Not Tina Faye.
I loved Rachel on SNL, and even the random characters she played early-on during 30 Rock. She narrates this herself, and does a great job. My wife and I got this one, because we listened to Tina's book. A lot of this book is more sad than funny, because she has had so many terribly awkward situations in her life that you feel bad for her initially. However, there are some good lessons in here and some great stories that will make you chuckle.
If you are like my wife and I, and are purchasing this book because you listened to Tina's book and laughed your face off... go ahead, you will be glad you did, but do not expect it to be Tina's book. Rachel is very funny, and this book (and her life) is different from Tina's, which is is fine... but just keep that in mind. The book is a little more emotional, and gets a tad bit weird toward the end (you will have to listen for yourself).
On an additional note, for all of my SNL and 30 Rock fans, reading this book after reading Tina's book gives you a great depiction of what is like to be on SNL and what it is like to hone the skills to even have the opportunity to audition for SNL. There is also some great background information about 30 Rock that I was not aware of.
There are three similar SNL memoirs out there right now: Tina Fey's, Mindy Kalling's, and Rachel Dratch's. In many ways, they all overlap. There are highs and lows to each one, and a bit of unnecessary name-dropping and fawning in all of them, but all three also have very funny parts.
In my opinion, Tina Fey's was by far the best, funniest, and most mature of the three. Having read that one first, the other two had a hard time living up to her standard.
Rachel Dratch is hilarious. And she's an inspiration. Get this book, you won't be sorry!
Not a bad way to dwindle away time while driving, but there wasn't much of a take-away. The jokes, for the most part, felt like Dratch's saved up comedic material since she left SNL. I appreciated the honesty of her story, however, and her attempt to acknowledge the multiple viewpoints of her listening audience.
Her audio delivery was great, and, seeing that is was more memoir than fiction, recommending changes would be silly.
She thinks she is funnier than she is, which makes for a kind of painful listening experience.
Her insights and observations into the world are surprisingly dull, and now that she has talked about showbiz and SNL, there is nothing else I care to hear her opinion about. Tina Fey: please write 50 more books! I want to hear your thoughts on anything. R.D. does not have the same genius for writing, just some similarities in life experience.