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The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life Author:Laurie Notaro "I've changed a bit since high school. Back then I said no to using and selling drugs. I washed on a normal basis and still had good credit." — Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends?and that's... more » before she even puts on a bra.
For the past ten years, Notaro has been entertaining Phoenix newspaper readers with her wildly amusing autobiographical exploits and unique life experiences. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised that she woke up in the first place.
The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls ("too cool to be in the Smart Group") unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it.« less
Simply put ... HATED IT. All in caps. That's right, I said it! Laurie was trying too hard to be funny. After two chapters, I stopped reading. There was nothing entertaining about this book. And when you start off a book, try not to start it off with a frustrating character. Yucks all around.
Luckily, I got this book free from a friend, but, unfortunately, I can't get back the hours of my life it took to read it. It's a series of columns, which are really rants, by this woman who no one in their right mind would want to be friends with. Her sole goal in life seems to be to get "Stinkin' Drunk," of which she details the 12 levels. I guess if you never experienced your 20's or never had a gross, obnoxious, cynical friend who smoked and hated the "pretty girls," then maybe you'll enjoy this book. Everyone else, steer clear.
I swapped for this book because of all the raves reviews, but I just did not find it very entertaining. Almost every story seems to involve being drunk and doing stupid things. I did not get that from reading all of the other reviews and that is not something I generally find funny, so I was quite disappointed. Laurie Notaro is a good writer and I like her style and her non-drinking related essays, but the book was a bit much for me.
The saddest part of this book was that I could see my college self in many of the situations described in these essays. I made many poor choices, as Laurie does, I was never considered the "pretty girl," just like Laurie, and I did many of the same dumb things while drinking that she did. The good news is, I grew up. Thankfully, it takes Laurie a bit longer to do that, which makes for some pretty dang funny reading. Others have dissed the book for being too silly or juvenile...that is its charm. I found this book funny and light, easy to pick up and put down.
Leah (VeganFreak) reviewed The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life on
Helpful Score: 5
Light and funny compilation of short, article length anecdotes. Probably funnier if, like me, you could be a club member.
Many of her adventures are alcohol induced and the stories are from the point of view of a twenty-something, outcast, who lacks direction. It wasn't the funniest book I've read this year, but it was good enough to make me interested in reading her other books.
After all the hype and friends' recommendations, I figured I would adore this book - the dry sense of humor, self depreciating jokes and slightly off-color topics sounded right up my alley. What I ended up reading was a thinly-veiled diary of a self hating, chain smoking (current? previous?) alcoholic, filled with a lot of "You Had To Be There" stories.
Notaro's most successful when reminiscing about her family, but even those you can't count on 100%. You can tell the effort was there when this was being written, the product just falls way short and reveals how hard she had to try to be funny. I'll stick with Sloane Crosley from here on out.
Joy K. (tamugirl) - , reviewed The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life on
I was looking forward to this book as I had heard such great things about the author. Unfortunately, I could not even finish reading. I read about the first 5 or 6 chapters before I decided I had wasted enough time. The humor seemed contrived and juvenile. This just didn't work for me.