Choose Your Own Disaster

Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

Equal parts Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I wanted to say this book is a fun read, and it is, in the sense of how you proceed through the book, but it’s loaded with uncomfortable pings of recognition.

As you grow older and “wiser” it would seem that you no longer feel these feelings, or are faced with situations that provoke them, but you never forget those feelings or what it was like to live inside that twenty-something brain.

Because of the structure of the book, I was anxious that I would miss important parts of by skipping around. Also, I couldn’t tell Goodreads what page I was on, because I was on all the pages.

The only solution was to devour it in a day, which seems kind of rude considering the time it must have taken to write (not to mention live). I felt  like someone devouring Thanksgiving dinner in 10 minutes while watching football.

I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a funny, insightful book, by a smart, talented writer.

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