Thursday, April 27, 2017
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian who is perhaps most well-known for her role as a panelist on Chelsea Handler's show Chels...
I loved several books in the same genre, like Amy Schumer's The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, anything by Mindy Kaling, and Tina Fey's Bossypants, so I thought I would really like this book, too. I really struggled to get through it though.
The aforementioned books literally all had me laughing out loud in public places like a crazy person. I Know What I'm Doing made a chuckle occasionally internally, but overall, I didn't find it funny. It wasn't even that I couldn't relate (to turning 40 or going through a divorce). There were definitely things I related to - like Kirkman's struggle with anxiety or not getting the big hoopla about New Year's Eve. I just didn't find her funny.
That's not even to say I would dislike her as a person, and perhaps her stand-up is hilarious. Her book just did nothing for me. Unlike other "essay" type memoirs written by celebrities, her stories seemed like they were going in order at first. It read almost like a novel, but then the timeline was so confusing. I never knew what year I was in within the book, or even what events happened first, which had me flipping pages back to try to figure it out (I couldn't).
She even used a few jokes more than once, which bothered me. For example, she used death in life being considered a failure as an analogy for more than one thing being considered a failure (like divorce).
I'm not easily offended, so her stories didn't bother me - I think it was just the way it was written. Or maybe, I really just couldn't relate to most of it. But that didn't seem to be an issue with other similar books.
I wasn't a fan, but maybe it would be your cup of tea (or vodka).
Do you enjoy celebrity "essay" memoirs? Are you a fan of Jen Kirkman?
I received this book free from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.