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Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour Paperback – July 27, 2010
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“Rachel Shukert manages to do something almost unprecedented in the female travelogue subgenre: she is funny.” (The New Yorker)
“Rachel Shukert’s memoir is more than just ‘girl-gone-overseas’; it’s a hilarious, brave and surprisingly piercing work of art.” (Diablo Cody, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Juno)
“[Everything is Going to be Great] comes off like a cross between David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk….lurking beneath the jabs and one-liners is an affecting—and pretty unforgettable—coming-of-age tale.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“[Shukert’s] wit is pitch-perfect and amusingly self-conscious….The story itself spans continents, but the consistency with which Shukert perceives everything anchors and enlivens wherever her antics land her.” (Nylon Magazine)
“Rachel Shukert’s new memoir Everything Is Going To Be Great does something unfortunately rare in women’s writing: celebrating mistakes….what Everything affirms is that screwing up from time to time—or even a lot—doesn’t make you a terrible person.” (Jezebel)
“Thoroughly enjoyable.” (Time Out New York)
“A great summer read for anyone who likes funny ladies—or who has a friend who is threatening to give it all up to teach English in Prague. This should stop them cold.” (The Daily Beast)
“Shukert possesses a certain talent to find the funny in almost any situation, and her shockingly personal and irreverent writing makes for many laughs….[an] entertaining and very current meditation on what it means to be a young American artist abroad.” (Booklist)
“The humor with which [Shukert] recounts her experiences allows her work to transcend beyond the cliché of overseas-love-affairs-gone-awry….An entertaining and often laugh-out-loud—though not altogether atypical—story of soul-searching abroad.” (Kirkus)
“If you read only one memoir by a disaffected, urban, 20-something Jewish girl this year, make it this one. Shukert rocks the lulav.” (Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan)
“Everything Is Going to Be Great is full of smartly observed cultural detail, sexual misadventure, heartbreak, and helpful tips. This outrageous and hilarious memoir will make you laugh, gasp, and occasionally squirm—sometimes all three at once. A weird and wonderful read.” (J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement)
“Shukert is a hugely funny, wildly smart, and menacingly original writer. I don’t much care for leaving the house, but if I were ever to travel, I’d want to do it in book form and alongside Rachel, who has one billion crazy stories set in foreign lands, all beautifully told.” (Julie Klausner, author of I Don’t Care About Your Band)
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Top Customer Reviews
Shukert takes us through her days as a young college graduate struggling to make it in the theatre world in New York City and with a traveling performance group that stops off in Zurich and Vienna. Following that, she settles in Amsterdam with some friends, and this is where the bulk of the book is set. She has a real knack for pointing things out that will make you say "Oh yeah, I remember that". One example is her mention of the ubiquitous Dutch chocolate sprinkles used for breakfast toast. But the best thing about her writing (besides the humor) is her very well-developed self-awareness. She seems fully cognizant that her trials and tribulations are largely of her own making. She accepts this, she doesn't apologize for it. In other hands, this book might not come off as so endearing.
Bottom line is that this book is funny as can be. I don't want to sound like the MPAA, but beware if you not are not a fan of 4-letter words and adult sexual situations.
2 words that describe the book'Sex Memoir (NOT so much a travel memoir as you might think)
3 setting where the book took place or characters I met
* Setting: Primarily Vienna and Amsterdam, Modern Day
* Rachel Shukert is a Jewish girl from Omaha who moves to New York City to make it as an actress. She is broke and barely getting by when she finally gets her "big break"--working for a temperamental director in an off-Broadway play that eventually has a European run in Vienna. After the play closes, Rachel decides to stay with friends in Amsterdam. After all, why not be broke and miserable in Europe instead New York?
* During Rachel's adventures, we get to meet a colorful cast of characters, including: Berthold ("an Austrian photographer old enough to be my father"); Mattijs and Jeroen (a gay couple who allow Rachel to live in their tiny apartment in Amsterdam); Marco, Ivan and Enzo (Italians--one of whom is an amateur dentist and two of whom are sex-crazed possible sex traffickers); Pete (Rachel's lover and possible boyfriend except for the little business of him having a girlfriend and possibly being a psycho); and Ben (potential husband material).
4 things I liked or disliked about the book
* This book is f#*@ing hilarious! BUT if you blanched when you saw the F word (even typed with nonsense characters), this book isn't for you. It is raunchy, dirty, irreverent, bawdy and wonderfully scatological. In other words, not for everyone. But if this kind of stuff doesn't bother you, you'll be spitting drinks out your nose from laughing and saying "OH NO SHE DIDN'T" as you read along.Read more ›
Shukert is funny, so it's an enjoyable read, even the second time around. But it's not what I expected - a travelogue - but more of a memoir.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived in perfect condition; was exactly as pictured, and recipient is really happy.Published 6 months ago by J. Darnell
I found it very hard and sad to read about a woman drinking herself into oblivion and repeatedly injuring herself and then trying to make it sound funny. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by mandomar
Not the travel book I was hoping for, I needed information on traveling and this is not a "take a trip" book. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Ruby L. Gallagher
Be prepared for laugh out loud stories and foul language. I am recommending to everyone I can. Almost makes me want to give up my job and live a life like this for a few... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Katie Rudow
Did not enjoy reading about her sexual escapades...maybe others might..net
Enjoy travel much better. Just not my fast at all.
This is a hilarious memoir laugh out loud funny. When Rachel lands a non speaking, non paying role in a play which is going on a European tour, with a brand new acting degree from... Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by lady g
This book was written by my second cousin. The tone of it is rather ingratiating, as though she is critical about everything. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by goldiemae
For those of us who don't have the guts or the talent this starkly honest retelling of life's awkwardness made me laugh out loud and squirm at breakneck speed. Loved it.Published on February 6, 2012 by design matters
Wow. I paid 99 cents plus tax for the Kindle version of this book, and it still feels like I got gypped. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Prairie Gal