I wanted to like this book. I really really did... sigh. And it wasn't that the stories/essays weren't good, but I got REALLY tired of the name-dropping. Oh, she was friends with Carly Simon, Oh, she was a guest on Oprah, Oh, she won the Gong Show, Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh.... shut up! *laugh* Some of it felt a little bit over the top. I dunno. I give this one only one eye-roll, but it was definitely annoying in places - I find it interesting because it got rave reviews on Amazon. I guess I'm just an irritable wench, eh?
This was an entertaining (and star-studded!) collection of essays. I enjoyed reading them and while they were not always laugh-out-loud funny, they were deeply amusing. It was a lot of fun to read, and while David Sedaris remains the king of this memoir/essay genre, I found Hillary Carlip to be much more entertaining than Augusten Burroughs. I didn't love it the book, but I really did like it!
This book is cute and quirky. It's a series of short stories recounted by the author is a time-line fashion through the decades. Be prepared for A LOT of pop culture references. If you weren't into television shows of the 60s, 70s and 80s, there's going to be a lot of jokes that fly right over your head. All in all, it's a interesting story of a woman who, despite not fitting into "the mold" (looks, brains, social standing, etc), goes onto have a full and successful life. I'd recommend it to teenage girls that want some inspiration as well as more mature folks that want to chuckle at the past.