A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of the Year!
BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack hits you in the guts, the feels, and the funny bone all at once with this collection of personal essays that reads like Sloane Crosley for the Snapchat generation.
In turns hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, Erin recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company.
She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether it's her first kiss ("Sean’s tongue! In my mouth! Slippery and wet like a slug in the rain.") or her struggles with anxiety ("When people throw caution to the wind, I am stuck imagining the poor soul who has to break his back sweeping caution into a dustpan").
Yet Erin also offers a fresh perspective on universal themes of resilience and love as she writes about surviving cancer—including learning of her mother's own cancer diagnosis within the same year and her attempts to hide the diagnosis from friends to avoid "un-normaling" everything.
Honest, hilarious, and totally unfiltered, this sharply observed memoir introduces Erin Chack as a strikingly original new voice.
BuzzFeed senior writer Chack debuts with a collection of 11 evocative stories mined from her personal life. In the opening entry, "Girl-Shaped Tornado," a 19-year-old Chack attempts to tell her friends about her cancer diagnosis, often with awkward results. "Why I Can Never Visit Egypt" ventures into the world of menstrual cups, necessitating a work call-in when removal goes awry. And "Don't Read the Comments" is all but self-explanatory: "I thought by now, after years of receiving countless emails, Tweets, Facebook messages, Instagram DMs, and yes even a text message saying that I am the dumbest, ugliest, most worthless flesh puddle to ever seep onto the Internet, that I'd have grown a thicker skin." Chack writes with self-awareness and sarcastic wit, tackling emotionally resonant subjects. In "Greener Pastures," she muses, "People love to couple cancer survivors and bravery, but they get the relationship between them wrong: Cancer doesn't make you brave; it only helps you to see the depth of the bravery you've always had." This wide-ranging collection should win Chack many fans. Ages 12 up.
I mean I really like it
But I wrote it so I may be biased