Monday, August 20, 2012
In this book, Notaro made me smile. There weren't any laugh out loud moments like I experienced in Autobiography of a Fat Bride or We Thought You Would Be Prettier. But I also enjoyed it much more than The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club. I think it really depends for me on finding something about Notaro's essay that I can identify with. The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club were about Notaro's drunken escapades as a young adult. I had no drunken escapades, so nothing to identify with there.
This one, however, gave me several good identifying moments, especially during the essays in which Notaro describes her Ambien habits - eating, shopping, sending emails, etc. and forgetting by the morning. Because, yeah. Been there, done that. Obviously, the essays I found less funny were the ones I couldn't identify with (trying on too-small clothes in a fancy boutique - not in a million years).
Overall, it was a hit or miss for whether or not I really found it funny. I truly enjoyed a good 50% of the essays, but the other 50% were just meh. They'd make good blog entries, but weren't so great for a book, unless you're already a fan of the author and get her schtick. If you've read her before and love her, you'll want to read it. If you haven't read her before, I'd start with We Thought You Would Be Prettier or Autobiography of a Fat Bride and see what you think from there.
I read this one in ebook form from my non-local library (Free Library of Philadelphia).
Posted by Julie G at 7:41 PM