Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

29405093Title: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
Release date: August 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: Approx. 6hrs
Format: Audiobooks
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Description (from goodreads)In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over.

My review

I decided to pick this book on a whim. I needed an audiobook for my commute, and it’s the first one that seemed interesting (and not too long) on OverDrive. Bonus point, it’s read by Amy Schumer. I’m a sucker for memoirs read by their author.

To be honest, I didn’t really know who she was. I mean, sure I’ve seen Trainwreck (love it) and I’ve watched her HBO special, but that’s about it. I think she’s hilarious, but I wasn’t a “fan”, at least not until I read her book.

What I was expecting: a whole lot of sex jokes.

What I got: a bunch of sex jokes mixed in with some funny life/family anecdotes mixed in with some more serious stuff. A perfect balance.

She talks about women in the entertainment industry, about her childhood and realizing your parents can make mistakes and how gutting it can be, she touches a bit on her dating life, but she also talks about more serious topics like physical and sexual abuse.

I really appreciated her honesty and her ability to keep the tone of the book light even when she was speaking about difficult issues.

Amy Schumer has a very lively personality, and I wish I had half of her self-confidence. I’m definitely going to check out her TV show and whatever movies she makes in the future.

All in all, I highly recommend this book if you like memoirs, humour, Amy Schumer or all of the above! :p

Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

Wrap-up: May 2017

May is coming to an end, and I couldn’t be happier. What a crazy month it has been! I adopted a new cat, Jemma(you can see her on my IG, link in the sidebar), at the end of April, and Fitz hasn’t been very welcoming, so it caused a lot of stress both for the cats and me. I finished my (second) first year of college after deciding I wanted to do something else with my life and I’ve been job hunting all month. Phew! The only great thing about this month was that I procrastinated a lot and so I was finally able to kick the reading slump I was in, thanks ACOWAR!

Here are the books I read in May:

Posted reviews:

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

What have you read in May? Any good ones you would recommend?

Wrap-up: May 2017

Review: The Nature of Jade

JadeTitle: The Nature of Jade
Author: Deb Caletti
Release date: 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Description (from goodreads)Jade DeLuna is too young to die. She knows this, and yet she can’t quite believe it, especially when the terrifying thoughts, loss of breath, and dizzy feelings come. Since being diagnosed with Panic Disorder, she’s trying her best to stay calm, and visiting the elephants at the nearby zoo seems to help. That’s why Jade keeps the live zoo webcam on in her room, and that’s where she first sees the boy in the red jacket. A boy who stops to watch the elephants. A boy carrying a baby.

My Review

This book was a little jem. It’s one of those quiet yet powerful “coming of age” stories. The Nature of Jade is about family and facing your fears. About growing up and realizing your parents are humans after all. And love. This novel is filled with it and not only the romantic kind of love. This is realistic YA fiction at its best.

If you can’t tell yet, I absolutely adored this novel (and not only because it featured elephants, my favourite animal)! It’s one of those books I wish I had read when I was 18. Jade reminds me a lot of myself when I was her age. She has an anxiety disorder, but she doesn’t let it define who she is. She’s strong and capable she just doesn’t quite know it yet.

She starts volunteering at the nearby zoo where she works with the elephants. It becomes this safe place she retreats to. Her parents are having relationship issues and the household becomes tense. Her father thinks sport is the solution to any problems and her mother (PTA mom) is a little bit too involved in Jade’s school community. Her brother is the sweetest, a little Narnia fanboy!

Jade also not so accidentally meets this boy with his baby and of course, she falls in love (not the main focus of the book and it doesn’t cure her anxiety!!!), but love is never not complicated.

I guess I’m late in reading this book. It did come out in 2007 after all, but it’s such a beautiful read. More people should read it. I highly recommend it!

Review: The Nature of Jade