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Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life & Sex . . . Not Necessarily in That Order Paperback – February 7, 2012
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Colonna's debut is a mixture of sexcapades, drinking stories, and embarrassing adventures. I don't identify with Colonna for a second, being an overeducated, prudish homebody who thinks that a fun night out is going to get Korean barbecue and be home by 9 for five episodes of `Arrested Development' for the 50th time and some string cheese for dessert. Once I started this book, I couldn't stop. From recollections of boyfriends past and her inability to settle down, I was laughing out loud having a great time. With a few exceptions of dull moments and random connecting threads, this book lives up to the expectations given to it as being a book connected to Chelsea Handler's comedic writing mastery.
If you are into comedic books with a more adult take (IE tales of drinking, drugs, and lots of sex), then LIFE AS I BLOW IT is probably a book for you. The stories are funny, ranging from heartfelt to just plain hilarious. And although I don't identify with Colonna, I do identify with being a young person who isn't ready to grow up, be serious, and figure out who I am.Read more ›
Rather than just throwing a collection of funny stories together - and don't get me wrong, there is an awesome collection of stories here -- Sarah Colonna sets out in this memoir to explore and, if possible, reconcile competing aspects of her personality. The tales that illustrate this struggle begin in childhood and move to the present. There are moments that are devastatingly funny and some that are just devastating, and I don't sense the usual memoir attempt to whitewash portions of the story or exaggerate certain aspects to make the author look good. I got the feeling I was reading the naked truth, and she does not hold back. This book is bold.
Sarah doesn't go for easy comforts when it comes to her life choices (maybe with her soap opera choices, but who am I to say). She challenges herself in her work and love, and she insists on her right to enjoy life to the fullest.
Throughout the book you realize that, in spite of experience and even success, Sarah's life is still a high-wire act. You can't look away as she continues, on her terms, to figure it all out.
Oh, one more thing: this book is hilarious. Get it.
Sarah does not disappoint since she has a way of telling her story with amazing honesty, great detail, sometimes disturbingly clear images, and that quick wit/sarcastic humor that makes her so much fun to watch on TV. There are many highlights and I don't want to create any spoilers but just a few of my favorites include her high school love Bucky who was not the best poet, Lifetime network addiction, true reason for loving baseball, picking roommates based on scent, meeting Chelsea, perfecting her acting skills on cops, how not to wake up in Cabo, the worst way ever to become a cat owner, dating guys who keep notes (creepy), drunk buying a guy flowers, spreading ashes at Yankee Stadium, trying to juggle a relationship and get a career going, why online dating is very flawed, and her love of the movie "Arthur"...not the very crappy Russell Brand remake. I was laughing from the beginning all the way to the last page.
Between all the funny stories I also learned how much crap Sarah has gone through to get to where she is today. When they say success in the entertainment business doesn't happen overnight,this is proof of that. Sarah was tough enough to keep striving to reach her goal when I think most people would have just given up and moved back home, also lucky for her she has a loving support system in the form of her family and the friends she has made along the way. I think this book should be required reading for anyone thinking of moving to Los Angeles to be in the entertainment industry. Thanks for the laughs. Well done, Sarah. Well Done.
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This book was fine, probably more interesting at the beginning than the end. It wasn't written very well though, so it became harder and harder to enjoy. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Katya
hysterical read -especially if you are a fan of her comic friend chelsea handlerPublished 1 month ago by melissahoneybeee
Colonna doesn't disappoint! She is never repetitive or stale!Published 2 months ago by Kathryn McNeely
I'm a devoted "female comedian book" fan! In fact, I've read about three or four of Chelsea Handler's books (she also wrote the forward to Sarah's book here). Read morePublished 3 months ago by jman
A coming of age story probably like most of us thirty something "girls" went through. Written with a great sense of humor and tremendous honestyPublished 4 months ago by Lesley Charette
Didn't laugh once. I read tons of celeb/comedian memoirs --- do yourself a favor and read "girl walks into a bar" by Rachel Dratch.Published 5 months ago by Katie
Such a great read! I couldn't put the book down and I actually laughed out loud at some of the things that happened. Love love love!!!Published 5 months ago by Ashley Smith