Friday, June 17, 2011

It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman

It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The Tough Decisions in Life


How do you escape when your boyfriend is kinda keeping you hostage? You channel your inner Tori Spelling.

You need a car and your parents won't help you out, what do you do? You win one at Hollywood Squares.

You are at a shelter because your mother kicked you out of the house, what do you do? Rally up all the kids at the shelter and pass a petition for more T.V. time.

Hilarious!

This book had me laughing out loud in the middle of the gym. Yes, I got a few stares. I took it to the beach and I was laughing so hard, my friends were thoroughly amused.

This book, written by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, is a collection of short essays or vignettes that chronicle certain events in her life such as: moving to L.A., being dropped off at a shelter by her mother, meeting her future husband online, and throwing a tantrum because her boyfriend won't marry her. They are not told in any specific order and the disjointed arrangement of the chapters fits the book perfectly. This book is extremely subjective, uniquely honest, and hugely entertaining. I like this book so much, I want to hang out with the author.

The book deals with the ups and downs of her life in a very funny way. I would, at times, realize that what was happening was not a funny thing (being kicked out of her house, her numerous relationships, her self-destructive ways, eating disorders, and estranged relationship with her father) but she has a way with words that I could not stop laughing. The last chapter took a more serious tone, amidst all the funny references, that seemed to project the author's own transformation into a semi-responsible adult.

This was a fast read and extremely enjoyable. I can't wait for another of her books, there are too many stages of her life that are missing from this one.



This is a book to get.


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