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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061864595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061864599
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ariel Leve is brilliant and funny and the only other person I know without an oven. Buy this book and keep it close.” (Bill Nighy)

“A funny, smart, delightfully cranky book about everything from Facebook to dating to Angelina Jolie’s dinner conversation. If Fran Leibowitz didn’t have her famed case of writer’s block, The Cassandra Chronicles is the kind of book she might publish.” (A.J. Jacobs)

“Ariel Leve is the love child of David Sedaris and Fran Leibowitz. An original and funny voice…The flip side of Sex and The City. Insightful and sharp—this is a very funny book written by a woman who knows how to laugh at herself and her insecurities.” (Joan Rivers)

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Meet Ariel. Her glass is half empty . . . and leaking.

If someone tells her everything will be okay, she asks: How do you know? If there's a wrong thing to say, she'll say it. If there's a downside to see, she'll see it. She lives in a permanent fear of what's to come. But at least she's prepared.

In these witty and entertaining tales from the front lines of woe, Ariel highlights the humor in our everyday anxieties and delivers insight that will ring hilariously true if you are inclined to view the world through gray-tinted glasses.

So whether you've been dumped by the love of your life, lost your job to the guy in the cubicle next to you, said the wrong thing at the party, or weren't invited to the party at all, Ariel is here to remind you that it could be worse, you could be her.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danielle M. Smith VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
From the opening line, "People like to say it will all work out. But what if it doesn't?", you are instantly pulled into the self-deprecating world that Ariel lives in. She's constantly second guessing things and never moving on anything because it will definitely lead to some serious problem at some point in her life. And as sad as this sounds it's absolutely hilarious. It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me is a book of the things we sometimes think, but almost never say out loud. And it was exactly what I needed, a good laugh.

This is by far one of the funniest books I've ever read. Ariel's life is a string of constant disappointment and it's basically all her fault, in more ways than one. Before it happens she's already decided it's going to turn out poorly, her birthday is already on the most depressing day of the year and she's entirely dismal about her image, including how she looks and thinks.

The book is broken up into one to two page segments like, "Operating Instructions" and "Other People's Children and My Fake Child". Each segment is based on a topic like "Romance". In one of the segments Ariel was talking with her friend Liza about how wonderful it would be to be mysterious, unfortunately Liza decided to tell Ariel when she was planning on becoming a "mysterious woman". Well, needless to say the result was not great:

"I checked with Liza to see how life as a mysterious woman was going. Not well. She'd gone on a date, didn't tell anyone, and then when nobody called to see how it went, she was depressed. 'Now I feel like nobody cares about me,' she said. I welcomed her to my world." (It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me p. 64)

It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me is the perfect book for those of you in need of a good chuckle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Patton on June 7, 2010
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Ariel Leve is beautiful, thin, smart, funny. You'd think from her writing that she was a depressed vegan hypochondriac vampire, only too tired and depressed to go out vamping at night. She's very funny, has wonderful insight into human frailties. This book is not only a fun, worthwhile read, it's a great gift for all your sometimes depressed friends. I know -- I've given them to a dozen friends of mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Tomlinson on March 20, 2013
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It's funny, it's sad, it's pathetic, it's scary, it's real, it's True !! But she has friends !! So with friends not all is ever lost. I loved it & had quite a few laugh out loud moments.
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Such a great book. I was able to relate and laugh to myself as I know the feeling on so many levels. Great, witty humor in a believable situation.
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