Don't Jump chronicles a woman's quest to find her place and purpose amidst sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and celebrity. It's a story of unfulfilled potential, addiction, and bad behavior. Ultimately, it's a story of redemption, told with levity and a wicked sense of fun. Don't Jump takes us backstage and off-screen with a world famous athlete, rockers, movie stars, and some of the biggest names in comedy. A searing and wickedly funny female perspective, it's an inside view from an outsider. From the kings of late night, to America's number-one shock jock, to the top sitcom earners of all time, we glimpse their humanity, previously unexposed. Smart, sassy, and sexy, Andi projects confidence and success. But beneath her cool exterior, she knows she's "simple, boring, and fat". Seeking solutions for her disintegrating marriage, tumultuous show biz ups and downs, her slow and painful recovery, and mid-life transition, Don't Jump explores Andi's journey to make her life count.
©2015 Vicki Abelson (P)2015 Vicki Abelson
As a busy mom, with a full-time job and a long commute, I don't get a lot of time to sit and read. I absolutely loved having Vicki Abelson do this to me on my way to work, and home again. In fact I had to just walk around listening to it to finish up. The central love story was moving and so heartbreaking at times. The ups and downs of the whole adventure : Gripping. And the ending, very satisfying
The author's wonderfully animated narration
Quite a few, but again, I don't wish to give spoilers.
It may sound contradictory to claim that readers and listeners will NOT be put off by narrator, Andi Stone, the self-proclaimed “blowhard narcissist” of Vicki Abelson’s fictional memoir, DON’T JUMP: SEX DRUGS, ROCK N. ROLL AND MY FUCKING MOTHER, but trust me — you’ll hang on her every word. Perhaps this is because Vicki Abelson is a gifted raconteur who has the ability to grab her audience’s attention and keep it. Her heroine, too, is a walking contradiction. Andi Stone is cocky yet insecure, kind yet critical, quixotic yet practical. She can be funny as hell one minute and serious as a heart attack the next. One thing is constant —her tireless efforts to reinvent herself.From her college acting days to her experiences doing standup and working as a club promoter in the bangin’ eighties (yeah that too), you’ll find yourself vicariously living through her, hoping for the best, and like Andi, often expecting the worst.The worst for this reader/listener was when the book ended. Having been taken into Andi’s confidence, I was hoping we could hang out a bit longer. She made me laugh, she made me me cry, and she made me care. What more can anyone ask for?
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