Yes, stories about Wall would not be as funny without a southern twang.
The animal that followed her to school. And the names she gives her collectibles.
Notes to Victor and the GPS/getting lost stories.
No, I wanted to laugh a little each day!!
This book got me through some half-marathon training runs (and strange looks on the track when I was laughing while running alone!)
Laughed and Laughed
Few that I have read but, very similar to my own writing style and how I view the world. I'm seriously considering beginning blogging.
Is there more!!!!!!
How to sport a deer sweater?
I enjoyed this book soooo much. Jenny has a wonderful manic, canter that holds your attention. Just when you think it couldn't get more bazaar it does. It's were Goth , valley girl meets Texas drawl.
The writer takes a very juvenile approach. She seems to enjoy saying words such as vagina as many times as possible as if she were 13. It really becomes silly after a while and takes away from the wonderful stories she has to share. Her voice is not one that is soothing or pleasant to listen to over an extended period of time. I hope this young woman will rewrite this fascinating tale when she is mature enough to give it the style and comedic flavor it deserves.
The stories are wonderful.
Another reader is needed and some classes on basic writing skills might be helpful. Trying too hard to be funny doesn't work well and the over use of adverbs makes the listening cumbersome.
I found the young woman likable and hope she will continue to hone her craft.
Lawson does a great job of reading this book. Highly recommend it as an audible book.
I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who appreciates quirky humor and doesn't mind a bit of swearing. OK, a lot of swearing. And along with the crazy and funny stories that dominate the book, she talks openly about her ongoing struggles with health issues (including anxiety and depression), adding depth to her overall narrative and making the whole of her work seem warm and personal. She handles serious topics with grace, delivering a factual narrative that conveys the heartbreak without dwelling in pity. Then she moves back into humors stories with a natural ease that doesn't jolt the listener.
I was impressed with Jenny's narrative ability - she reads the stories with a natural animation and enthusiasm as if she were having a conversation.
I've been a Jenny Lawson blog reader and a Twitter follower for a while, and spent months looking forward to the publication of this book. I am delighted that I chose the audiobook version, as her sparkling personality really came through as she read this in her own voice.
Funniest book I have read in a long time! The chapter about Jenkins was my fave.
All of it. If forced to pick, it would be the extra stuff at the end, for audible only. Put a bird on it.
Revenge of the Paste Eaters
I wish she's let some more of her southern accent through.
I grew up in a small town with a lot of characters in it. My favorite people come from families like Jenny's, I'm probably from one too. I think odd balls scare people that haven't been there. My friends that grew up in suburbs, with normal families & friends didn't like this book as much as my friends that are oddballs. THANK YOU JENNY!!!
Yes, it was amusing and random. Jenny Lawson has a gift for weaving in deep thoughts with mundane and making the audience smile at it all.
Bossypants, Tina Fey
I liked the narrator was Jenny Lawson. Her voice became monotonous and whiny after several chapters. It was hard not to tune her out. Also, it was hard to discern the difference between herself and her impression of other characters during certain conversations.
I think it might work as a TV series if they focused on the embarrassing childhood memories. I don't think the adult Jenny stories were as interesting.
The main star could be Chloe Moretz. Her mom could be Melissa Gilbert (since Laura Ingalls is referenced throughout the book) and her father could be Jeff Daniels.
The author's wit and skewed sense of humor.
She sings the chapter titles!
It's like _Geek Love_, but with taxidermy instead of human experimentation, and humor instead of religious cult followings, and reality instead of fiction. Oh, hell. It's nothing like _Geek Love_.
Ok, so I listened to this book on a seven hour car trip by myself to attend a favorite aunt's funeral. In hindsight, a dumb idea. I had figured I needed an upbeat listen while going to such a sad event. My usual fare of heartwarming books about special dogs who die too young or biographies about people battling debilitating mental illness would just tempt me to drive off an interstate bridge in a heightened depressed state of mind. It was going to be a sad occasion so I needed to keep my spirits up. Unfortunately, it worked too well. Jenny Lawson's reading of her book had the effect of planting some amazingly ridiculous images in my mind which stayed there through the funeral mass, despite my best efforts to brainbleach them out. Most notably, I got a totally inappropriate set of gigglefits during the homily with the image of Jenny requesting her obstetrician to "sew up her vagina" with a Harry Potter lightning bolt after the birth of her daughter. This was so that when she got menstrual cramps in the future she could claim it was because Voldemort was nearby. My sister and stepmother, sitting with me at the service, kept stealing worried glances at me, convinced I was experiencing a serious breakdown in my grief but also puzzled as to why my sobs sounded more like stifled guffaws. The book is seriously that funny. I felt a little like Mary Richards in an old Mary Tyler Moore episode...the one where Chuckles the Clown is killed in a circus parade by a stampeding elephant because he is dressed as a giant peanut. Mary is appalled at everyone's jokes about the event until the funeral when the absurdity of the situation finally hits her and she can't keep from laughing. I finally had to get up, climb across an entire pew of grief-stricken relatives and go outside to deal with my laughter. I knew my wonderful aunt would understand but the rest of my relatives...not so much. Their reactions ranged from deep concern about my mental well-being to just plain being pissed-off that I lost it in church. Both groups seemed to avoid any contact with me for the rest of the day
My point is this book is FUNNY...not just polite tee-hee, "isn't that clever" amusing... but laugh-out-loud, howl til you cry and maybe wet yourself, lose your breath and get a headache hysterical! Even the sad parts (and there are some) have humor. I want this woman as my best friend so I can call her up and just listen to her to keep my endorphins going. I just KNOW we could manage to get into some very imaginative and memorable trouble together. She doesn't take herself, anyone else or life too seriously and I'm pretty sure that's the way we are intended to live. I'll have to ask my favorite aunt the next time I see her.
Disclaimer: Ok, so I didn't actually embarrass myself at the funeral but I borrowed a trick of Jenny's by mixing fact and fiction. So I will edit this to read "A Mostly True Review."(less)