Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Review: Shut Up, You're Welcome by Annie Choi

This is a collection of humorous essays from Annie Choi, dealing largely with her childhood and adult relationships with her parents and brother.  Each essay begins with an open letter to someone (or something) that has inconvenienced Choi and is indignantly sarcastic.  She captures "snark" perfectly in her essays.

As always, since this is humor, I'll just review writing and entertainment value together, since they're too tied up to differentiate.

I'll start with what I loved.  I've always been a fan of open letters (thank you McSweeney's) and I think Choi was perfectly snarky with hers.  They were my favorite part of the book - I laughed out loud during several of them.

Unfortunately, I didn't find her essays as funny.  Some were better than others (I loved the one about her family road trip), but others fell flat.  I did love reading about Choi's parents and the humorous dichotomy between her parents as first generation immigrants and her own identity, growing up in the United States.

The book is a good, easy read, but I think there are funnier essay collections out there.  I probably wouldn't buy this book, but I think it would be worthwhile to pick up if you see it at the library.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review.

1 comment:

  1. I though so too; it's easy to read but the book didn't even get to smile. Obviously, humor is subjective :-0