I’ve read two books since last week’s disasters. One is fiction, one is not. One is about a household name with crazy eyes and a kind heart, and one is about a shy twin with anxiety issues and an obsession with Harry Potter (respectively).
Both were, undoubtedly, great.
Amy’s book came in the mail on the day it was released, its fresh pages and new book smell keeping me up all night. Fangirl (finally) came from the library, after being one of fifty-two holds. It was worth the wait.
It is ironic that their titles play to each other, despite their lack of similarity.
Forever an Amy Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell is pretty great too),
PS: Happy Reading.
1. Yes Please
If You’re Looking For: Comedy memoir
My Review: I didn’t doubt I’d love this book, I’m obsessed with Amy and her work. I will admit the whole thing is a bit scattered and unorganized. Still, I laughed out loud more than thrice which is enough for me to mark it as a favorite. Amy is smart, funny, and writes an honest portrayal of the life of a celebrity/mom/writer/woman. Basically the whole book is just a confirmation that you love someone you’ve never met. The nuggets of wisdom on career and womanhood are gold. I will read it more than once.
Their Review: “And this candor is why we love Amy Poehler, and why fans will eat up ‘Yes Please’ like a gooey Chadwick’s sundae, extraneous haikus and all.” A very grumpy Kara Baskin, Boston Globe
If You’re Looking For: Coming-of-age love stories, Young Adult fiction
My Review: Sweet, captivating, and surprisingly complex. The characters are flawed but lovable, the plot quick but gritty. This was exactly the hit I needed after two disappointing novels. I read it in one day, ignoring all the housework, work-work, and kids (sorry guys) because I couldn’t pull myself away from the story. This is a book with equal parts heart-ache and heart-happy. A “beach read” but also a real read. Proof I am forever in love with a good coming-of-age tale.
Their Review: “A funny and tender coming-of-age story that’s also the story of a writer finding her voice…touching and utterly real.” -Publishers Weekly