I found the first half of the book to be hilarious and laughed out loud countless times. The second half of the book takes a dive and gets old.
I was told about this book by a friend, and I expected to love it; I may be better to read it in print, as I found the author to be so annoying, that I only lasted about five minutes. Her story is conversational and rambling; As the reader, I felt like I was on the phone with a self-indulgent, bitchy teenager.
Overall I enjoyed listening to it but i found myself having big gaps in between listening because her voice is pretty annoying so you have to be in the mood for something so intense.
I have read Ms. Lawson's blog and I enjoy a lot of it. But these random stories are not interesting enough to keep me engaged for an entire book. I'll admit: I stopped listening midway.
No. Again, I like her blog but her voice and accent are irritating.
It would have been 100% better if she did not weird sing/chant the chapter titles. I think that alone was enough to bias me against her entire performance. Seriously, her singing is the most irritating sound I've ever heard.
Parts of it are funny. Her dad bringing home a dead squirrel puppet? Hilarious and explains so much about who she is. But parts of it are just boring.
The author read her own work, which is generally a good thing. In this case, her accent and inflections are genuinely distracting.
Listening to this made me feel as if I'd drunk too much and was having trouble following the conversation.
I would absolutely recommend this book. Jenny Lawson has a self-deprecating wit that is subtly outlandish. I literally laughed until I cried, well mostly. This is a book that can bring anyone out of a funk.
Mindy Kaling's book
It's her memoir spoken with her intonations. I would imagine I could pick-up on her humor, but it is delightful when the writer provides the "true" intention of the book.
Loved Bossypants by Tina Fey, found this to boring, not funny or even interesting. Lawson doesn't paint a picture, she recounts quick memories that are supposed to be shocking, but aren't.
I listened to the audio version of this book, and after doing so, I can't imagine what I would have thought if I had only read the print. The author has a very distinct voice. She sings the title of each chapter in a very obnoxious (and funny) way and you get slammed with her personality throughout. Can you see it in the print? I hope so. Her voice helps, even her bizarre accent that doesn't reveal her Texas upbringing but makes her sound like an import from eastern Europe (thinking sounds like thinkingk,, meaning sounds like meaningk, you get the picture.)
This is a very funny almost-memoir about Jenny Lawson's childhood and marriage. I think quite a few of the stories were previously posted in her blog in some fashion, because her internet presence at The Blogess is what got her noticed enough to publish a book. Okay, I don't know that for sure, I'm guessing.
Topics include her father the taxidermist, her social anxiety,... hmm suddenly I'm blanking about what else is covered because these two ideas come up a lot. It's interesting to hear what someone with anxiety has to say about anxiety, and to hear her explain the difference between writing about it (text/e-mail/blog/book) vs. living it, and I really got it, cringed along with her, and was thankful for no animal heads in my living room.
Here's a bit that first made me stop to share it with someone else:
"I took your advice and tried to fit in... And I got my arm stuck inside of a cow's vagina."...
"Yay for memories!" she said weakly.
She overuses the word vagina, but then has a chapter about how she overuses the word vagina. Touché. That constant anticipation of how she's being perceived adds a unique element to the book, and must make her life complicated. The audiobook version also has outtakes at the end, as well as a deleted chapter. Pretty fun and highly recommended, for irreverent listeners/readers only.
YES! This book is a feel good book. Has laugh out loud moments, tearful moments, and What the F? moments.
There are so many to list that it's hard not to say without spoiling! But I will have to go with her and her husband's fights!
Yes I did was to but didn't get the chance too.
I actually bought the book for book club but never could find the time to finish reading it. So I finally downloaded it on audible. I am so glad that I did as it is so funny her reading it! Makes the story come to life a lot more with her description of story telling.
I have. Countless times. I can't stop listening, actually, it's become an addiction. Her wit, her honesty, her.... pure genius... I can't get enough.
Oh, so many to choose from... probably the "magical" squirrel.
Her complete adorableness.
Buy it. Buy it now and never look back.