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Some Funny Parts, But Falls Short,
This review is from: Disaster Preparedness: A memoir (Hardcover)
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I agree with the other reviewer who said Disaster Preparedness doesn't offer enough story to make a good memoir. It starts off slow for the first few chapters, picks up in the middle, and the last few chapters fail completely.
Heather Havrilesky grew up in the 70's - 80's and led a safe, average life. She had typical low self-esteem and changed friendships throughout school. Some of the better chapters, in my opinion, focused on the junior high/high school period of her growth. Some parts were quite amusing.
The book focuses on many things, and nothing in particular. We learn about her parents and their eventual divorce, and the author devotes an entire chapter near the end to losing her dad, and how painful it was to lose him at the young age of 54. She has siblings, but we don't hear much about them. Havrilesky devoted portions of the book to friendships she had while in junior high, and people she dated in college, and some of those passages were funny. But near the end of the book, when she is married and has two daughters, there's very little meat. It's obvious she is trying to finish the book and has no plan; the last several chapters ramble on about this and that, and the final chapter is just one long unconvincing rant.
I read the book, beginning to end, one or two chapters at a time, each night at bedtime and it was enjoyable enough. Funny in places, but overall, not very memorable.