Biography, Entertainment, Humor
(272 pages, ST. MARTIN'S)
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.
Fifteen Shades (errr... Chapters) of Funny (5 stars)
A funny thing happened a while back... I get a ridiculous number of magazines and one of them happens to be Cosmopolitan which I am so not the demographic for. I tend to skim it and snark on it and then toss it in the giveaway stack. During one such skim and snark episode I read a piece that was so hysterically funny I had tears streaming down my face and might have squealed out loud a few times. I literally set the magazine down and rushed to NetGalley praying I would find a review copy. I was pretty sure I would get turned down for it but I took a chance and thank the galley gods I got approved.
I had no clue who Mollen was but I am such a fan now. She has a voice that is so individual and crass and open and vulgar and maybe a touch unreal it works. These are some tall tales of self-absorbed parents, mental illness, sex, drugs, and failure. I don't even want to comment on any specific stories because I hate spoilers and I think you'll enjoy most of these stories enough it's worth giving such a vague review. Just know that Chapter 10: One Shade of Grey is the one that kicked off my crusade to find this gem.
If you've ever wanted to know how to find a Las Vegas hooker, how to stalk your boyfriend's ex, or had a relationship with a creepy German foreign exchange student that resulted in a proposal... Jenny can help you cope with the aftermath.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
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