Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: I See You Made an Effort by Annabelle Gurwitch

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 by Annabelle Gurwitch was released from Blue Rider press March 6, 2014.

This book is  a collection of essays that in turn make up a memoir of sorts of Annabelle Gurwitch's life as she approaches 50. Since I am approaching 50 myself, I expected to find much of it funny and applicable. It didn't quite translate to my situation. And it wasn't quite as funny as I expected.

It did have humorous parts. But it also had some very poignant parts such as when her friend is dying of cancer. For some reason it seemed funnier towards the beginning of the book than towards the end.

Growing older isn't always funny though. There is that. The book is touted as appropriate for women of all ages. You have to judge for yourself, but I know that it's not quite appropriate for any woman in my family other than those approaching 50.

I think that the humor might be kind of hit or miss and it missed me more than it hit me. Many other people seemed to find it very funny. So, perhaps you should look at it and judge for yourself.

I gave the book 3 stars. It's likable, but for me, not lovable.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.