Book Review for EVERYTHING IS AWFUL by Matt Bellassai
EVERYTHING IS AWFUL: AND OTHER OBSERVATIONS by Matt Bellassai
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is a witty and honest collection of stories filled with fun anecdotes and humiliations.
Confession time. I loved Matt's Buzzfeed show "Whine About It". Watching his videos made me laugh and feel as if my desire to drink an entire bottle of wine in one sitting wasn't the most horrible thing in the world.
When I heard about his book, I was ready and waiting to dive in. EVERYTHING IS AWFUL is quintessential Matt Bellassai. His voice, humor, and blunt honesty jumps off the page. Personally, I loved rantings and the retellings of dreadful moments in the author's life. I know it sounds horrible to say, but we all have those times in our lives that make us cringe or lead us to where we are today. Bellassai just put them all in a book for us to read.
I don't know if I could have been so candid in a book, but I am sure glad that Bellassai was. I laughed, cringed, and cheered on the author through every page of this book. What can I say? I am a fan.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
From the break-out star of BuzzFeed and the People’s Choice Award-winning comedian behind the web series “Whine About It” and “To Be Honest” comes a collection of hilariously anguished essays chronicling awful moments from his life so far, the humiliations of being an adult, and other little indignities.
Matt Bellassai has no idea what he’s doing. Well, to be fair, he did become semi-Internet famous by getting drunk at work, making him a socially-acceptable—nay—professional alcoholic. He’s got some things figured out. But the rest is all just a terrible, disgusting mess.
This is Matt’s book. Just to clarify, though, it is absolutely not a memoir; Matt is far too young to have done anything worth remembering (though he did win an actual People’s Choice Award for his BuzzFeed web series, “Whine About It,” which is pretty good, if you ask his mother). This is also most certainly not a book of advice; he is too woefully ill-prepared for life to offer anything in the way of counsel (though that won’t stop him from talking). Call this a collection of awful moments that led to his grumbling, blundering adulthood—a chronicle of little indignities that, when taken together, amount to a life of hilarious anguish.
With keen wit and plenty of self-deprecation, Matt reveals how hard it is to shed his past as the Midwest’s biggest nerd, that one time a taquito nearly murdered him at his brother’s surprise birthday party, and the time he came out to his friends and family (the closet was a bit messy). Matt also wrestles with the humiliations of adulthood, like giving up on love in New York City, living alone with no one to heat his microwave dinners, and combating the inner voice that tells him to say aloud all the things the rest of us are smart enough to keep to ourselves.
You probably don’t need this book, but let’s be honest—you do. Since you’re already reading, you might as well pull up a chair, grab your glass(es) of wine, and enjoy.
About the Author: Matt Bellassai is a writer, stand-up comedian, and winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star, which remains his only real accomplishment, besides graduating fourth in his class in high school and losing an election for student body president in college. After the success of his BuzzFeed web series, “Whine About It,” Matt embarked on a solo stand-up career, performing to sold-out audiences around the United States and at least one disastrous not-sold-out audience at a casino in Palm Springs, California. He is the host and producer of his new solo web series, “To Be Honest,” and anchor of the forthcoming podcast, “Unhappy Hour.” Born and coddled in the suburbs of Chicago, he currently lives the poor gay man’s version of Sex and the City, with none of the sex, fashion, or friends. He will almost definitely die alone.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press (October 24, 2017)
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