I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 BLO
Characteristics: 282 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.


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Jan 18, 2021

2020; Grand Central Publishing

I will start this review with...I am not the audience that this collection of personal essays were written for. Honestly, I requested this book solely based on the nostalgic 90s teen cover art, and title. Reading the blurb on the inside jacket, I saw that Bloom was an actress for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (it has singing and comedy). I hadn't, and still haven't, watched the show so I didn't know the sense of humour I was going to get. The essays reminded me a little bit of the show Girls, and personal essays by Jenny Slate, Lena Dunham and women born in the late 80s/early 90s. I rated this book a three, because it was well written, and I assume for fans of Bloom and the show will really enjoy this book. I didn't find it that interesting, surprise surprise as I didn't get the background of the show. I also didn't find myself that curious to see the show. I read all the star power blurbs on the back of the book, so I am sure this one is just me.

***I received a complimentary copy of this hardcover book and ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

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