Author: Jen Kirkman
240 pages, published April 25, 2017
Note: I received this book from the publisher to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
New York Times bestselling author and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman delivers a hilarious, candid memoir about marriage, divorce, sex, turning forty, and still not quite having life figured out.
Jen Kirkman wants to be the voice in your head that says, Hey, you’re okay. Even if you sometimes think you aren’t! And especially if other people try to tell you you’re not.
In I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself, Jen offers up all the gory details of a life permanently in progress. She reassures you that it’s okay to not have life completely figured out, even when you reach middle age (and find your first gray pubic hair!). She talks about making unusual or unpopular life decisions (such as cultivating a “friend with benefits” or not going home for the holidays) because you don’t necessarily want for yourself what everyone else seems to think you should. It’s about renting when everyone says you should own, dating around when everyone thinks you should settle down, and traveling alone when everyone pities you for going to Paris without a man.
From marriage to divorce and sex to mental health, I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself is about embracing the fact that life is a bit of a sh*t show and it’s definitely more than okay to stay true to yourself.
I was offered this book from the publisher because I loved other memoirs from celebrities such as Anna Kendrick and Amy Poehler. While this book was witty, funny and well written, I didn't connect with it quite in the same was as others in this genre, mainly because I am not as familiar with the author in general. If you've watched her stand up acts and enjoy her style, I'm sure you will love this book! I still enjoyed the book though, and I admired how completely and brutally honest she was in this book--I laughed in the beginning when she was freaking out worrying about her parents reading this book.
This is a fun, light hearted book that's perfect for a weekend read. Thanks to the publisher for letting me read this laugh out loud book! This book would be a great one to listen to an audio version, I think!
Overall rating: 3 stars