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Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Poor Nugent. Reality has hit her—and hard. Armed with a degree from Emerson College (and thousands in unpaid loans), the snarky twentysomething must now figure out how to make her way in the world. It certainly doesn’t help matters that she’s moved back in with her parents. Seized by panic attacks, Nugent spends her days looking for meaningful work and a place to live. Along the way, she joins an online-dating service, but the “match-dot.coms” of the world aren’t typically inclined toward the offbeat, so she ends up with potential suitors who are hopelessly dull. Nugent, creator of the comedy blog The Frenemy, is committed to helping quirky girls feel good about themselves. This wry offering is at its best when she focuses on her own struggles to that end, including a longtime obsession to be thin. She likes to eat too much, Nugent says: “So yes, I have a tummy. I don’t always love it. Sometimes I really hate it. But I am going to acknowledge it, and I’m going to deal with it.” --Allison Block
Praise for DON'T WORRY, IT GETS WORSE
“Reading DON’T WORRY, IT GETS WORSE is the equivalent of spending an evening out with your funniest friend. Nugent keeps you laughing from start to finish—even her asides are gems.”
–Rachel Dratch, Saturday Night Live cast member (1996-2007) and author of Girl Walks into a Bar
"Charming…Nugent is a confection of fabulosity, a sharp and hilarious mind that falls a little bit in love–and a little bit in hate–with the ridiculous world around her. Her observations on post-collegiate life are somehow both cutting and warm, and all the more wonderful for it. "
–Sara Barron, author of People Are Unappealing: Even Me
“A bracing whiskey shot of a book. Equal parts hilarious and tender, DON’T WORRY, IT GETS WORSE will have you laughing out loud on one page, and tearing up ever so slightly on the next. Alida Nugent is wise beyond her years.”
–Meghan Laslocky, author of The Little Book of Heartbreak
"Touching and relatable." –BUST Magazine
"It will make you annoy your lounge chair neighbor with all your LOL-ing." –Cosmo, "Books to Pack in Your Beach Bag"
"Nugent's voice comes across as loyal and tough, and her sense of humor and authenticity will appeal to readers going through related chapters in their own post-college lives. This book, like one of its myriad cocktails, is dry, dirty and surprisingly refreshing." –Kirkus
"If Liz Lemon’s younger sister existed, she’d be just like Alida Nugent: a little bit awkward, perpetually single, and defiantly weird." –Book Riot
“[Nugent’s] essays are warm, funny slices of postcollegiate life, including amusing and helpful bits of advice from a very real person.” –Time Out New York
"Honest, real, and hilarious." –Shelf Awareness
“Humorous… [with] wickedly crafted insights.” –New York Journal Books
"Painfully hilarious, eye-opening and breathtakingly well-written. Nugent is a force to be reckoned with...we’ll be hearing from her for years to come." –DishMag
"Depressingly realistic and hilariously offbeat....Nugent is not afraid to tell the truth, no matter how ugly it gets." –Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“Hilarious…[Nugent] will leave you cracking up long after the book is over.” –Glamour.com, “The Biggest Books of Fall 2015”
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Great read for a poor girl in her 20's.
But I'm a millennial so I probably know nothing but brunch and Bernie Sanders ;)
Spoiler: one of my favorite parts of this book was when she discussed breaking into her friends parents liquor cabinet and hers was just a half open bottle of vodka in her freezer...
That's the only item I had in my freezer for a very long time. Great read!
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Anyway, Amazon (that wily minx) suggested Alida's book to me when I was scrolling for new kindle books to read when I'm on the treadmill and it sounded good. So now this review is my love letter to Alida Nugent.
I could start this review with the typical "Things that worked," but it would be very short because I would just say EVERYTHING. So I'm going to go the "highlights" route.
*The Shawn Hunter Complex*
Because just like Alida says, we all have a bit of a bad boy obsession that most likely stems from the beautiful haired Rider Strong.
*Friends Getting Married*
Ah, Alida, the situations we could discuss in reference to this. I'm rapidly becoming the only one of my friends that is unattached/unmarried. But you know what? Solidarity.
Not going to lie, I completely agree with the idea that this is just a great way to meet a serial killer.
*Going Out or Staying In*
Getting dressed up and standing in an overcrowded club and yelling your conversations back and forth, or sitting at home with a glass of wine and netflix? No contest.
I had a crazy awful time with the world's vision of what a woman should look like and what they should eat, etc
*Tequila is the Devil*
I refuse to do straight shots of this anymore, and Alida agrees.
What really spoke to me, however, was Alida's uncanny ability to turn the cynical twenty-something attitude about unemployment, dating, and living on your own into something wonderfully satiric and entertaining. I really feel like her and Max from 2 Broke Girls would make excellent friends.
Things that didn't work: the fact that this book was not longer! I know what you are doing here, Alida, keeping me interested...setting me up for buying your next book. And you know what? I'm okay with it. So hurry up and write it, or invite me to hang out in NYC so we can best friends.
I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book as soon as possible. It will make you laugh and will help you realize that there are plenty of other people out there like you, like me, struggling to make it in the world with our Liberal Arts degrees.