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“Whitney Cummings has written a book about being, well,
not fine—and what to do when you find yourself with brutal
anxiety and a co-dependency disorder; all in her trademark wit, humor,
and honesty. This book, however, is fine as hell.”—Sophia
Amoruso, author of #Girlboss

“The funniest
cry for help you'll read this year.”—BJ
Novak

Well, well, well. Look at you, ogling my book page....I
presume if you’re reading this it means you either need more
encouragement to buy it or we used to date and you’re trying to
figure out if you should sue me or not.
 
Here are all the
stories and mistakes I’ve made that were way too embarrassing to
tell on stage in front of an actual audience; but thanks to
not-so-modern technology, you can read about them here so I don’t
have to risk having your judgmental eye contact crush my self-esteem.
This book contains some delicious schadenfreude in which I recall such
humiliating debacles as breaking my shoulder while trying to
impress a guy, coming very close to spending my life in a Guatemalan
prison, and having my lacerated ear sewn back on by a deaf guy after
losing it in a torrid love affair. In addition to hoarding mortifying
situations that’ll make you feel way better about your choices,
I’ve also accumulated a lot of knowledge from therapists,
psychotherapists, and psychopaths, which can probably help you avoid
making the same mistakes I’ve made. Think of this book as
everything you’d want from the Internet all in one place, except
without the constant distractions of ads, online shopping, and porn.

 
I’m not sure what else to say to say, except that
you should buy it if you want to laugh and learn how to stop being
crazy. And if we used to date, see you in court.

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Dec 12, 2017

Loved this!!

It inspired me to write a mammoth blog post that I'll cut up and put on my blog later...

For now: I often enjoy the prospect of comedian essay collections more than the reality, but this one was empowering/compelling af!

I related so much to her experience of throwing herself under a bus to, uh, make a smoother journey for its passengers or something (I'm winging this review obvs.) And it's true that we should go out into the world with humility and in awe of its wonder and how much Loved this!!

It inspired me to write a mammoth blog post that I'll cut up and put on my blog later...

For now: I often enjoy the prospect of comedian essay collections more than the reality, but this one was empowering/compelling af!

I related so much to her experience of throwing herself under a bus to, uh, make a smoother journey for its passengers or something (I'm winging this review obvs.) And it's true that we should go out into the world with humility and in awe of its wonder and how much there is for us to learn. From a place of curiosity rather than arrogance.

I have a theory for why we don't, at least from my own experience. Making yourself vulnerable is attractive to the world's worst people. They want "in." They're like... zombies knocking on your front door, and vulnerability is removing the wooden slats and letting their hands burst in. (I'm looking at the cover of Brian Keene's The Rising as I type.) But for our own sakes, and in order not to sully our own experience of life, we should proceed that way anyway.

It's so important for people, time and again, to see beyond the highlight reel of successful people, to peek at their cutting room floor. Because they probably feel like you. But they kicked ass anyway. So, so can you. ...more
4

Nov 11, 2017

I am impressed by Whitney Cummings. She is brazen about sharing the very fraught and painful experiences from her life. This was not a book about comedy or the entertainment industry or onset antics from her acting career... Whitney boldly shares some very personal, deeply arresting heartbreaking stories about her journey to find herself. I was quite disturbed by much she suffered and in the end, very appreciative of her courage and intention to share that nothing and no one is perfect. She I am impressed by Whitney Cummings. She is brazen about sharing the very fraught and painful experiences from her life. This was not a book about comedy or the entertainment industry or onset antics from her acting career... Whitney boldly shares some very personal, deeply arresting heartbreaking stories about her journey to find herself. I was quite disturbed by much she suffered and in the end, very appreciative of her courage and intention to share that nothing and no one is perfect. She clearly wants to debunk the assumptions we make about beautiful and famous people being different from normal people. This woman has walked through some fire... and really, haven't we all? ...more
4

Nov 02, 2017

Highly enjoyed this!

I was wary of the last chapter, but it pulled through in the end.
2

Oct 14, 2017

Parts of it were amusing but it was mostly about her problems and I didn't sign up for that. I have my own problems.
4

May 24, 2018

4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐????. I loved this book. It was equal parts humorous, emotional, informative, and relatable.

The only reason I didnt give this a 5/5 rating was because I felt the last couple of chapters dragged on a bit too long and became a little repetitive. However I found the vast majority of the book to be excellent and I can and will recommend it without hesitation.

I expected it to be funny, but I had no idea how raw and genuine it would be. I am glad I listened to the #audiobook because there 4.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️????. I loved this book. It was equal parts humorous, emotional, informative, and relatable.

The only reason I didn’t give this a 5/5 rating was because I felt the last couple of chapters dragged on a bit too long and became a little repetitive. However— I found the vast majority of the book to be excellent and I can and will recommend it without hesitation.

I expected it to be funny, but I had no idea how raw and genuine it would be. I am glad I listened to the #audiobook because there were parts where she went off script and choked back tears. I felt the sincerity and emotion in her voice when she spoke about her struggle with a severe eating disorder. This is a #mustread. #bookreview #review #jpbookreview ...more
4

Dec 06, 2017

I think Whitney did a really excellent job of writing a funny self-help book that covered relevant, relate-able topics, a lot of which were similar to things I've experienced. It's always nice in a bittersweet kind of way for me to hear that others have come a foundation of dysfunction - due to family, typically, things outside of their control as a child - and have found ways to grow into stronger and more functional people because of it.
5

Oct 26, 2017

Hilarious as it is heartbreaking, but ultimately optimistic. Whitney Cummings shares the issues she's overcome in great detail and perfected wit. A great relatable read (or listen, since I grabbed the audiobook) that reminds us we are all humans dealing with our assorted anxieties. Good stuff!
4

Feb 05, 2018

It was very illuminating to watch Whitney Cummings discover herself - how she thinks, why she thinks that way, why she makes the choices she makes. There are so many neuroses discussed in this book that one is bound to see oneself somewhere. That being said, the excess of disorders that Cummings is diagnosed with - an eating disorder, a love addiction, codependency, etc. - make me wonder if there exists even one person on this planet that couldn't be diagnosed with some kind of personality It was very illuminating to watch Whitney Cummings discover herself - how she thinks, why she thinks that way, why she makes the choices she makes. There are so many neuroses discussed in this book that one is bound to see oneself somewhere. That being said, the excess of disorders that Cummings is diagnosed with - an eating disorder, a love addiction, codependency, etc. - make me wonder if there exists even one person on this planet that couldn't be diagnosed with some kind of personality disorder. It's just worrisome to think of people wandering around, hyperaware of all of their "disorders," explaining ad nauseam how they are different because this is how they think versus how others think, blah, blah, blah. There is undoubtedly a benefit in self-consideration and introspection but only to a degree. If your life is seriously messed up, self-analysis is surely warranted, but the level of self-analysis Cummings delves into borders on the narcissistic, which, of course, I'm sure she'd be glad to diagnose herself with as well.

The book is best when it is funny, and it often is. But it seems to be the trend right now (I'm thinking of Lena Dunham's book in particular) for funny women to explain how weird they are. Despite wondering how many issues one successful comedian can profess to have, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and laughed many times. One small complaint: Cummings loves to point out her play on words with the inclusion of "well." Something like, "When it came to my ear injury I needed to play it by, well, ear." It's basically like saying "No pun intended." Just don't. We get it. You don't have to point it out.

I know my review seems negative but I did give it four stars. Very readable and enjoyable just troublesome in an abstract, cultural commentary sort of way. Her best quotes and ideas are below.

"I was way too paralyzed by my own denial and survival mechanisms to even know what the truth was, but what I did know was that I was sick of being crazy because, frankly, being crazy isn't cute once you turn thirty.

I'm not an addiction specialist, but smart ones have told me that alcoholism doesn't just apply to cartoon bums pounding bourbon from brown paper bags, it can be used to describe overusing anything to anesthetize discomfort: eating, drinking, fighting, cheating, gambling, worrying, shopping, or in my case, controlling.

Because I have shame about it. And I learned that the engine of codependent, self-abusive, maladaptive, and addictive behaviors is exactly that. Shame. But shame can be mitigated or released in a shockingly simple way: by talking about it. The bad-ass psychiatrist Phil Stutz said something on Marc Maron's podcast that I'll never forget, which is that when we admit something shameful, it loses its power and it allows grace to enter the room.

It seems the easier our lives are made by modern technology, the more people need to make up struggles for themselves.

I have a completely unscientifically researched theory that humans aren't designed to look at ourselves as much as we do." ...more
5

Feb 08, 2018

4.5 stars

It is really interesting to me how many insecurities are lurking behind the most confident people. This was a fab autobiography and I appreciate Whitney's candour when discussing her relationships, her body struggles and her viewpoint of the world. A bigger fan of her now because of this.
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Nov 12, 2017

I'm so conflicted over this book. What I do know for sure: Whitney Cummings wants us to believe she is convinced of her authority in every aspect of her life. She certainly feels empowered by her personal self-discovery. And she wants us all to feel better. Just like her. After finishing the audio book two days ago, I'm still unsure how to explain her explanations for the explanations doctors and probably WebMD or the Mayo Clinic website have given her for everything that hurts in her body and I'm so conflicted over this book. What I do know for sure: Whitney Cummings wants us to believe she is convinced of her authority in every aspect of her life. She certainly feels empowered by her personal self-discovery. And she wants us all to feel better. Just like her. After finishing the audio book two days ago, I'm still unsure how to explain her explanations for the explanations doctors and probably WebMD or the Mayo Clinic website have given her for everything that hurts in her body and her brain. I'm glad she feels like she has it mostly figured out now. But reader be cautious. Please remember this is a memoir. This is not a self-help book. She is not a therapist or authority in treatment. Although, by chapter 4, I believed she believes she is. It's mildly amusing. I laughed once or twice. Mostly I felt like she self-deprecated just enough to make it seem like she wasn't trying to come off as an authority on self-help. But *wink-wink* she really wants you to be fine after you listen to her tell you how she's fine and you can be fine, too. According to her. Based on her. But I'm me. And she's not my therapist. ...more
5

Jan 03, 2018

Wow... Whitney goes deep with this one! I wasn't sure what to expect, but this book was different than any other celebrity memoir that I've listened to. Yep, listened. Audio is the way to go with celebrity memoirs, especially when they narrate themselves. Whitney did a phenomenal job and was completely authentic in her performance.

Whitney gives her life story, but breaks it into sections about her own life issues: self-help, codependence, roast jokes, sexism, egg freezing, eating disorder, Wow... Whitney goes deep with this one! I wasn't sure what to expect, but this book was different than any other celebrity memoir that I've listened to. Yep, listened. Audio is the way to go with celebrity memoirs, especially when they narrate themselves. Whitney did a phenomenal job and was completely authentic in her performance.

Whitney gives her life story, but breaks it into sections about her own life issues: self-help, codependence, roast jokes, sexism, egg freezing, eating disorder, boobs, headache, pit bulls and the Middle East. These all sound like random topics, but the book flows in a great way.

If you like her as a comedian, you'll enjoy getting this background of her life and how she came to be. She has great ideas on beauty standards, sexism, feminism... and one of the best things is that she realizes that she doesn't know everything.

Whitney ends the book so well.... "I’m gonna leave you with a quote by Jack Cornfield:
'In the end, only 3 things that matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. LET GO!' "

Thanks to San Diego County Library for the digital audio version via OverDrive.

[Audio: 9 hours, 35 minutes] ...more
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Jan 31, 2018

I loved the show Whitney, finding Cummings to be hilarious. When I found out she was also a co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, I knew I liked her.
I was really excited when I heard she was coming out with a book. I was hoping to laugh like I did while reading Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy. The first chapter had me laughing and my hopes were high. Unfortunately, the majority of the book felt like background noise to me.
I enjoyed the nuggets of psychology knowledge. For instance, I found myself I loved the show Whitney, finding Cummings to be hilarious. When I found out she was also a co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, I knew I liked her.
I was really excited when I heard she was coming out with a book. I was hoping to laugh like I did while reading Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy. The first chapter had me laughing and my hopes were high. Unfortunately, the majority of the book felt like background noise to me.
I enjoyed the nuggets of psychology knowledge. For instance, I found myself relating to her experience with being codependent. I just felt like the book was a little all over the place and had no real structure. I wish it had followed a timeline, maybe leading up to where she is currently in her life. The book just kind of abruptly ended with a story from years ago and then the book was just over.
Overall, it was okay. I liked parts but wasn't wowed. ...more
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Aug 20, 2018

I just can't anymore.

Whitney is really funny on TV and doing standup, but this book....ugh

There really isn't a story being told. It's not like other memoirs I read. There's a lot of good therapy tips in this, but other than that it didn't really work for me.

DNF - 25%
5

Oct 10, 2017

I loved this book because I love Whitney Cummings. She's really one of the best comedians out there.
3

Jan 10, 2018

3.5 stars and not what I was expecting at all (in a good way). Its not this is the story of my life from birth to now, its heres how I have struggled with all of these things all my life but I got help and I hope you can too. With jokes, of course. 3.5 stars and not what I was expecting at all (in a good way). It’s not “this is the story of my life from birth to now”, it’s “here’s how I have struggled with all of these things all my life but I got help and I hope you can too”. With jokes, of course. ...more
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Feb 19, 2018

DNF after 3 audiobook CDs

I like Whitney, and I think she's a great narrator for her book, but this book was not what I was expecting. I thought it would be like the typically celebrity memoir with funny or enlightening stories from their childhood and career. This was more about the mental issues that Whitney has (like co-dependence) and how she is attempting to overcome them through therapy, etc. It had too much psychology jargon for a lay person book; it was like reading a textbook, and going DNF after 3 audiobook CDs

I like Whitney, and I think she's a great narrator for her book, but this book was not what I was expecting. I thought it would be like the typically celebrity memoir with funny or enlightening stories from their childhood and career. This was more about the mental issues that Whitney has (like co-dependence) and how she is attempting to overcome them through therapy, etc. It had too much psychology jargon for a lay person book; it was like reading a textbook, and going to therapy doesn't make you an expert. There was too much "I'm so damaged" and "my brain needed rewiring." Stories went off on random, too-long tangents. I just wasn't having fun listening. ...more
3

Feb 12, 2019

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I first found out about this book because it was nominated in the Goodreads 2017 awards in the Humor category. Before that, I had no idea who Whitney Cummings was or what she did for a living. What pulled me into wanting to read this book was the title. It reminded me of the type of humor I usually go for and like to read about. It's slightly dark and a little bit twisted.

The overarching theme to this book was mental health or more specifically how twisted someone's psyche Originally posted at:


I first found out about this book because it was nominated in the Goodreads 2017 awards in the Humor category. Before that, I had no idea who Whitney Cummings was or what she did for a living. What pulled me into wanting to read this book was the title. It reminded me of the type of humor I usually go for and like to read about. It's slightly dark and a little bit twisted.

The overarching theme to this book was mental health or more specifically how twisted someone's psyche can get due to how they were raised and society in general.

Before this book, I didn't know very much about the stand-up comedy world. Seeing a glimpse of it through the eyes of a woman who has made a carrier as a stand-up comedian was interesting. The author also hit on the note of life speeding up and how the biological clock ticks away and eventually takes the choice of motherhood from a lot of women who eventually want kids of their own.

This novel also made me realize how messed up life can get if you don't have the right support system in place at home and school. The damage those early years cause later in life in all departments is scary. I also had no idea there was a disease involving love.

Overall it was eye-opening to see how broken people are. It's also amazing to see them taking care of themselves and still making a point to live life to the fullest regardless.

The Audio Book:

The narration was great! There were moments where she would crack up while reading what she had written, and there were moments where she would tear up and prove how deep what she was saying truly went. She also misread a few sentences throughout the narration and kept her ramblings in the audio book and made fun of herself because for it. ...more
4

Oct 19, 2017

I know Whitney Cummings from her tv show Whitney! And since I thought she was really funny, I started looking for her stand up bits. I don't love every one of them, because some made me uncomfortable but it was okay and I watched ALL of them! So when I saw she had written a book, I had to read it.

Well the book was not what I expected. She talks about her life (and what a life! I don't think I have ever known anyone who had that many problems! physically and mentally!) in a 'humourous' way! It's I know Whitney Cummings from her tv show Whitney! And since I thought she was really funny, I started looking for her stand up bits. I don't love every one of them, because some made me uncomfortable but it was okay and I watched ALL of them! So when I saw she had written a book, I had to read it.

Well the book was not what I expected. She talks about her life (and what a life! I don't think I have ever known anyone who had that many problems! physically and mentally!) in a 'humourous' way! It's not funny. It didn't make me laugh, but it was not dramatic and gloomy either.

I liked it because she speaks to the reader, it's like she's telling you the story and not just narrating it. So you get to know how her mind works, how she evolved over the years. She spoke about body image, trust issues, and several other topics that most people 'struggle' with and I liked her take on them.

But the chapter I loved the most, is the last one. I liked her critical thinking. More people should have this inner dialogue

...more
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Mar 21, 2018

Blugh... I feel bad about how negatively I feel about this book. The author is clearly a smart, funny, brave person, but she spends the entire book laying bare every excruciating detail of what seems like every conceivable thought and dilemma she has had in her entire life. While I appreciate her candor (and recognize her book is an autobiography),the whole thing just was too much navel-gazing for me. Half way through this book it starts to feel like you've been cornered at a party by someone Blugh... I feel bad about how negatively I feel about this book. The author is clearly a smart, funny, brave person, but she spends the entire book laying bare every excruciating detail of what seems like every conceivable thought and dilemma she has had in her entire life. While I appreciate her candor (and recognize her book is an autobiography),the whole thing just was too much navel-gazing for me. Half way through this book it starts to feel like you've been cornered at a party by someone who just wants to tell you their entire life story, and unfortunately, it just isn't that interesting. ...more
3

Dec 10, 2017

I liked the premise of the book. Whitney shared so much of herself her readers. it became a bit repetitive and I felt too long. Good book for fans of Whitney.
5

May 07, 2018

Shes funny! This I knew. What I didnt know is that shes also wicked smart, deeply damaged, and not afraid to talk about it. I loved her personal stories and the life lessons weaved in. She has a lot of courage and you can tell that because she talks in detail about some ugly things like her eating disorder, acne, being bitten by her own rescue dog and many more topics that you would have to torture me in order to get me to tell people about such personal matters. Good book! I would read more by She’s funny! This I knew. What I didn’t know is that she’s also wicked smart, deeply damaged, and not afraid to talk about it. I loved her personal stories and the life lessons weaved in. She has a lot of courage and you can tell that because she talks in detail about some ugly things like her eating disorder, acne, being bitten by her own rescue dog and many more topics that you would have to torture me in order to get me to tell people about such personal matters. Good book! I would read more by her and I am also going to seek out some of her comedy. ...more
3

Nov 05, 2019

I feel seen and heard after reading this book. So many of Whitneys mental illnesses I share and they are explained in a very digestible way. I really vibed with her definition of co-dependence. I picked it up after hearing an interview where she talked about her relationship with money and I was riveted.

There were a few very humorous sentences, but in general its just not laugh out loud funny. She uses some form of the phrase primordial brain A LOT. Would have appreciated a chapter about how I feel seen and heard after reading this book. So many of Whitney’s mental illnesses I share and they are explained in a very digestible way. I really vibed with her definition of co-dependence. I picked it up after hearing an interview where she talked about her relationship with money and I was riveted.

There were a few very humorous sentences, but in general it’s just not laugh out loud funny. She uses some form of the phrase “primordial brain” A LOT. Would have appreciated a chapter about how she gets her work done, how does her mental illness impact her creative work?

I appreciated a more introspective, self-aware book from a comedian, but this was good not great. Skip reading if you’re looking for the funny, stand up comedian. ...more
3

Mar 05, 2018

I was expecting a funny lighthearted biography, however this was not at all that. Whitney spoke about so many struggles she had in her life, while still interesting and she spoke so many truths. My favourite chapter was her talking about we as humans are wired to work harder, suffer through the pain and not listen to our body, but what we should be doing is listening to our body, slow down and learn what our bodies need to thrive which is different for everyone.
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Mar 25, 2018

Didnt expect to like this but it was pretty great. She talked about real life stuff like mental health and relationships which I appreciated. I got kinda bored towards the end but still give it a 4/5 Didn’t expect to like this but it was pretty great. She talked about real life stuff like mental health and relationships which I appreciated. I got kinda bored towards the end but still give it a 4/5 ...more
4

Sep 14, 2017

Sorry. One of those people who hasn't heard of Whitney Cummings but am going to change that. Some of her stories made me laugh out loud. See that's how out of date I am. No LOL. A very fun read. Thank you PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE for sending me this delightful book.

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