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A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure Paperback – January 10, 2012
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This book is for all the losers, social outcasts and straight-up weirdos out there. The stories inspire you to be a better person, to not be afraid to do what you want. On top of all that the stories are funny, I legitimately laughed out loud at part. Who really ever laughs at a book. Gethard has proclaimed himself the King of Authors, with this debut book I got to agree. All authors need to beware because this Gethard is gunning for them.
Naturally extending his surreal and suburban brand of comedy into prose, "A Bad Idea.." is a riot from start to finish. There is not a single moment in this book that isn't both completely unbelievable and absolutely true. Chris proves himself both increasingly foolish and brave with every turn of the page and you'll only identify with him and love him more and more for it. This may be about one man's insane (mis)adventures, but it's truly a chronicle of all of our inner underdogs and a testament to the freedom of our spirits.
I am not from New Jersey, but Philadelphia, which is pretty close. I thought that the kind of childhood we had with crazy relatives and free range adolescence was a thing of the past, but this guy is almost 20 years younger than me and it seems some vestiges of that ethnic, working class weirdness linger on.
I don't buy humorous books often but I am glad that I bought this one.
Not to spoil it too much, every chapter in the book is funny, especially the herpes scare story.
Great writing. Funny. I bought one as a Christmas present for a friend.
This book is so good that I was upset when I finished it. I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to even stand the next book I read because the author wasn't Chris. Thankfully, I picked an amazing book the next time around too, but I honestly believe almost any other book wouldn't have been good enough and I may have become some kind of mole person if that were the case.
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The stories in this book are both funny and cringeworthy. I recommend against the audible version, as the narrator is awful. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Seth P.
Sometimes this book got a little dark, while the very next page could make you laugh out loud. A lot like life eh?Published 28 days ago by Jeff
My son was a classmate and enjoyed reading about life in West Orange High and the townPublished 2 months ago by Bonnie Nutkis
I really enjoy Chris Gerhard's podcast. After enjoying all current episodes of his podcast I decided to buy his book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PFisher
most entertaining book i've read in a long time. it got a little out there at the end but all in all it was great!!!!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer