Last year I bought this author's hilarious LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED when it was a Daily Deal and enjoyed it enormously. I didn't know that she had written a second book until it showed as a Daily Deal and I grabbed it and stopped reading the book I was in the middle of to wolf it down. (Figuratively speaking, of course.)
Her first book is a memoir of her bizarre childhood. It's presented in a comic manner and I suspect that many readers will be upset to learn that her life hasn't been non-stop laughs. Not that this one isn't wet-your-pants funny in parts, but Ms. Lawson's main goal here is to discuss her life-long battle with depression and she does so in a way that's peculiarly her own. (And sometimes just peculiar.) Mental illness is the Final Frontier of medicine and we still can't fully convinced ourselves that it's not "all in your head." Of course, it IS "all in your head" but that doesn't make it less debilitating or easier to treat. The...
CAUTION - do not read this on an airplane when people are trying to sleep around you. do not drink water while reading. you will laugh out loud and wake people up and/or (probably both) spit out your water onto your kindle! happened to me. just a warning!
Jenny Lawson's second book does not disappoint. If you are a fan of funny things, or if you have suffered from mental illnesses (or know someone who does) this will hit you in all the right places. it will tickle your funnybone, and at times it might make you tear up. i had quite a range of emotions just in the first few chapters. in fact, i haven't even finished it yet but i am confident that it deserves more than 5 stars. i am going to write a note to Amazon, picketing for more than 5 stars! - this is at least 6 stars worth of funny!!!!
you do not need to read Jenny's first book to jump into this one, in case you were wondering, however, i strongly suggest reading it to get a lot of references that she...
Welcome to Jenny's world. Upside down,inside out and more than frequently wholly inappropriate. But it's her world and her life. The author gives us her perspective in living with mental illness. It is shocking,funny and heart breaking. She spares no emotional expense in telling her story. It is all laid out there. At times, this reader was profoundly uncomfortable,shocked and I'll admit it, a little judgy. But I appreciated her honesty in relaying her reality, skewed as it may be. My favorite parts of the book were in the telling of her relationship with her young daughter and husband. Rather than a picture of a strained marriage and embarrassed child dealing with out of control mom/wife, we see a loving family living their reality. No one chooses to be mentally ill, just like no one chooses to have cancer,or any other illness.But the triumph is in how one chooses to live with said illness. And furiously happy is not a bad way to be.
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