This hilarious part-memoir, part-manifesto reveals what sets apart the latest generation of young people coming of age in an all-wired, overeducated, and underemployed world.
People are obsessed with Ryan O’Connell’s blogs. With tens of thousands reading his pieces on Thought Catalog and Vice, watching his videos on YouTube, and hanging on to each and every #dark tweet, Ryan has established himself as a unique young voice who’s not afraid to dole out some real talk. He’s that candid, snarky friend you consult when you fear you’re spending too much time falling down virtual k-holes stalking your ex on Facebook or when you’ve made the all-too-common mistake of befriending a psycho while wasted at last night’s party and need to find a way to get rid of them the next morning. But Ryan didn’t always have the answers to these modern day dilemmas. Growing up gay and disabled with cerebral palsy, he constantly felt like he was one step behind everybody else. Then the rude curveball known as your twenties happened and things got even more confusing.
Ryan spent years as a Millennial cliché: he had dead-end internships; dabbled in unemployment; worked in his pajamas as a blogger; communicated mostly via text; looked for love online; spent hundreds on “necessary” items, like candles, while claiming to have no money; and even descended into aimless pill-popping. But through extensive trial and error, Ryan eventually figured out how to take his life from bleak to chic and began limping towards adulthood.
Sharp and entertaining, I’m Special will educate twentysomethings (or other adolescents-at-heart) on what NOT to do if they ever want to become happy fully functioning grown ups with a 401k and a dog.
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
OK, first off, this book is freaking hilarious! I had never heard of Ryan O'Connell before seeing him mentioned in The Advocate but he's got a knack for self-deprecating humor. He knows how to poke fun at himself and the absurd situations which he (and many of us) have found ourselves in. And the good part is that you never feel guilty for laughing at the quirks that come along with cerebral palsy, because you know he's laughing along with you.
So, the book is funny - if also a little short - so why not just give it 5 stars outright? Because while he's definitely good at opening up, there's nothing that I felt was new or incredibly unique about his writing (again, aside from the whole cerebral palsy stuff). The trails and tribulations he deals with are pretty similar to most gay adolescents trying to find themselves in a big city: drugs? Check. Messy hook-up? Check. Feeling insecure and not f$&k-able? Check. It's like reliving my 20's but with clever writing.
This book is fantastic!!! I found it hilariously written. I was looking for a good book that I could get through easily (i.e. not overly complex writing) while I was traveling; just something to keep me entertained. This book took my expectations and blew them out of the water. I finished it much more quickly than I had planned, and I found myself audibly laughing in the airport. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone! I am particularly intrigued by Ryan's accurate distillations of millennial life. His ability to communicate and fortify his argument was thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining.
This book changed the way I thought about my life. I understand that's an absurd statement to make about a memoir but it really did. I found Ryan through Thought Catalog back in 2012 and fell in love with his writing. This book is the best of his best. He gives Millennials a voice to identify with but without all the condescension. He talks about how common it is for us to hate ourselves, and how self-destruction happens all the time, but it's not as glamorous as we try to make it look - he wants us to love ourselves in a way that has nothing to do with the internet. He's on the other side of self-sabotage and this book is his way of helping us get there. It's also hilarious.
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