Bookfanatic reviewed Welcome to My Planet : Where English Is Sometimes Spoken on
Helpful Score: 2
There's really no plot to this book. It's more like a chat with a friend about all sorts of things that would interest a young 20-something - loser boyfriend, boring job, jerk of a boss, etc. However, it's not lighthearted or funny in the way Bridget Jones's Diary is. I found the lead character depressing. Much as I tried, I couldn't get into this book despite several attempts to make a go of it. I gave up half way because I refused to plod through another 100 pages just to say that I finished the book.
This book is so funny!!! The dialogue between Shannon and pretty much everyone in the book is hilarious, especially her mother. I definitely recommend this as well as the sequel, Children of God Go Bowling.
In Welcome to My Planet, the fictional Shannon Olson--who shares her creator's name--is witty but confused, whip-smart but unable to fully release her ties to bad boyfriends, childhood obsessions, and the "gassy expanse" of marginal jobs. With the help of a therapist known only as the counselor, this almost 30-year-old Midwestern neurotic gamely tries to steer her way past credit-card-fueled Target binges and a too close relationship with her mother, Flo, and to slowly inch toward the elusive land of adulthood. Comparisons to the charming neurotics found in Bridget Jones's Diary and The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing are inevitable, but beside the point: Shannon is less brittle, less self-consciously hip than those postmodern heroines. Contemplating living on her own again after a stint with her parents, she whines to the counselor, "I've never really lived anywhere else. What if I never find anyone? I may as well go out and adopt a bunch of cats and start wearing macramé ponchos."
Olson's debut easily pulls us in with a conversational, seemingly unadorned style that camouflages her well-crafted narrative technique as she moves back and forth in time. With her retro and up-to-the-minute pop-culture references to The Love Boat, grieving conferences, Prozac, Oprah, bachelorette parties, and the ravages of graduate school (where Babe the Gallant Pig is a "text"), the author clearly knows her target audience. Welcome to My Planet is an almost perfect coming-of-age story for an era in which public life, jazzed by lightning technological and commercial changes, leapfrogs away while emotional adolescence strangely extends into our 30s. --Maura Alia Bramkamp
eh- a book about a woman with depression who has absolutely no reason to be depressed. i do understand that depression is a mental issue but i have to say that this book makes me want to scream at this lady to just get over it and move on! (and i do indeed suffer from depression- funny, no?) it was an ok book but pretty much pointless. the mother was the only thing that kept me going. do yourself a favor- skip this book and read something worth it...
"One of the best mother-daughter acts of all tine. I stopped reading it only to augh my head off, quote passages to my friends, and to make it last." (Melissa Bank - author of the The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing.