23 May 2014

{Review + Giveaway} I Like You Just The Way I Am by Jenny Mollen

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 May 2014 at 12:02 AM | | | | | | | |

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My overall feeling on this memoir is: If you're down for a mostly truthful (I'm just saying if Jason Biggs can pole dance I'm going to need some proof) collection of tales, that will likely make you laugh and offend you all at once - this is the book for you!

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I Like You Just The Way I Am
Author: Jenny Mollen
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 3 Birds

By the actress, writer, and one of the funniest women on Twitter, an outrageous, hysterical memoir of acting on impulse, plotting elaborate hoaxes, and refusing to acknowledge boundaries in any form Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is also a wife, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free shit and she doesn't). She doesn’t want much from life. Just to be loved—by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriends’ dogs, her husband, her husband’s ex-girlfriends, her husband's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriends, etc. Some people might call that impulse crazy, but isn’t "crazy" really just a word boring people use to describe fun people? (And Jenny is really, really fun, you guys!)
In these pages, you’ll find stories of Jenny at her most genuine, whether it’s stalking her therapist (because he knows everything about her so shouldn’t she get to know everything about him?); throwing a bachelorette party so bad that one of the guests is suspected dead; or answering the eternal question, Would your best friend blow your husband on a car ride to dinner if she didn't know you were hiding in the backseat?
I Like You Just the Way I Am is about not doing the right thing—about indulging your inner crazy-person. It is Jenny when she’s not trying to impress anyone or come across as a responsible, level-headed member of society. With any luck it will make you better acquainted with who you really are and what you really want. Which, let’s be honest, is most likely someone else’s email password.

Full disclosure: I'm no prude. I've had my fair share of epically embarrassing, slightly neurotic, and even illegal moments in my 34 years. Some of my stories are funny. Some are a bit cringe-worthy, and some are in the "We-shall-never-speak-of-it-again" file.

That's pretty much what I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY I AM is like. Mollen goes for the shock factor and hits the nail on the head more than once. True or fictional, some of these stories will make you worry about her mental well being. You might make that chin-sucking-in-awkward face a few times. You might laugh a few times. Hell, I'm pretty sure I even gagged a time or two.

Here's the reason I wanted you to know I'm no prude...a lot of these stores seriously eeked me out. It shocked me, in fact that I was so easily being put off by certain things. No! I would say out loud, because I'm totally sane and I talk to my books, this is funny! Not disturbing or questionable in any way!

I was conflicted, cheering her on for standing up and shouting "I'm FREAKING Crazy" at the top of her lungs and not giving a damn who heard. And wondering if there was such a thing as Adult Protective Services and if this book was her cry for help that she sent out to millions of people.

We travel through family troubles, and a few relationships with her, including her marriage to Jason Biggs. You know him, the guy from American Pie who does unspeakable things to pastries.  For the most part I'm able to keep up with her, laugh and turn the page thinking "She's not really going to....ohhh she did!" *scared-envy-face*

And then it happened. All of a sudden her constant over use of movie references started to make my eye twitch. Her stories started to drag on. And that dark humor which I loved, started to fall short so often I couldn't tell if she was actually attempting to be funny, or dead serious, (it was like playing a weird one-sided game of Bull Shit)

And then there's chapter thirteen titled "You Were Molested". I almost didn't read it. I mean I'd had 12 other chapters to get used to Jenny Mollen and I had a pretty damn good feeling that what was coming next would likely make my skin crawl and potentially piss me off.  I was right, I did find it to be  probably the worst thing a human being could ever do to their sibling. It was then I decided that Jenny and I could never really be friends, and while she was going to be tore up about that - it was clear that I was far too wrapped up with what people thought of me to be able to let things slide. I'm going to be checking out my window to see if she's driving by over and over for the rest of my life...

My overall feeling on this memoir is: If you're down for a mostly truthful (I'm just saying if Jason Biggs can pole dance I'm going to need some proof) collection of tales from a possibly slightly psychotic woman, and can take a joke...a sick twisted and likely offensive joke most of the time - this is the right book for you.   I'm going 3 Birds. I liked being shocked for the most part, and she put herself out there - full disclosure and I give mad props for that. But getting lost on the humor kinda screwed with my head.

*See below the giveaway, how pre-ordering a copy will get you something of Jason Biggs' that Jenny hates!

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Giveaway

Want a copy of I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY I AM so you can see all the funny and crazy between it's covers? I've got one to give away!

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