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Everything Sucks: Losing My Mind and Finding Myself in a High School Quest for Cool Paperback – July 14, 2009
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Some of the funniest parts of Hannah's memoir are those about her family. Amelia, a monkey is Hannah's oldest "sister" and was adopted by Hannah's mom, who trained monkeys to assist paraplegics. Hannah's dad is a talented singer-songwriter proficient in a variety of musical instruments. During one chapter, Hannah's family (plus her brother Sam, minus Amelia) and her father's entire band jam into a small van/bus for a concert tour in England. The tour inflicts a variety of humiliations on Hannah including home schooling, tight quarters, dwindling audience interest, a nearly catastrophic accident followed by an equally mortifying and hysterical experience in a convenience store.
The chapters about Hannah's experience at Danforth Academy are an insider's view of teen-age popularity, casual cruelty, and the stress of achieving academic success in the midst of experiencing her first love, drugs, sex, and death of a friend. Anyone who attended high school in the US will be able to relate to Hannah's clear depiction of peer pressure, the desire to belong, and clueless adults.
Reading Everything Sucks is like talking with an older sister about high school and having her share her swings between cool and uncool, lost and found. Hopefully is the first of many books by a talented new writer.
When I started reading it, I'd put it down to throw laundry in, or eat dinner, but I'd find myself glancing over at it . . . in wonderment. I was desperate to find out what was going on with her. Was she going to fall in love? Was she going to finally let Cashmere have it? Was she gonna blaze with the hippies? Was she going to come to terms with things? I was so drawn into her world. It certainly brought me back to when I was 14/15/16 years old. And somehow my past was soothed by this memoir.
This book, nay, this woman is brilliant. She has gracefully splattered herself across these pages, holding nothing back. I could ask for nothing more from a writer. Bottom line: this is a story that everyone can relate to, and everything else will just blow your mind! I laughed, I cried, I felt her emotions.
I found out about Hannah Friedman when one of the people that I follow on youtube sent a link to her channel ([...] I watched every single video. I was blown away by her mind, her heart, her creativity, her TALENT! I couldn't get enough. Then I watched the trailer for this book. My mind soared! I logged on here and bought the book (thank you Amazon.com for getting it to me so quickly!). Just recently I bought 2 more copies for my best friend and my boyfriend.
This is a must have in anyone's collection. Do yourself a favor: buy it, and love it with me.
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This past semester I took a course in Adolescent Literature and one of the points we focused on was the authenticity of the narrator's voice in a given work. Did it sound like an adolescent or like an adult trying to sound adolescent to connect with their target audience? Some were better than others, but I have to say, of any "adolescent literature" I've read recently, Everything Sucks definitely has it nailed. Honestly, it was refreshing how on point Hannah's voice was, because I'm not sure there is anything more off-putting to me than didacticism veiled in the voice of a 15 year old.
There are many things in this book that you will find yourself nodding your head to in that "been there" way. Nothing is off limits and at times I found myself gasping in shock, while simultaneously laughing out loud or fighting back tears.
I'm not usually a big non-fiction fan, but I really loved this book. It's a wonderful look inside the mind of a teenager who, although her life may be different than mine, many of her experiences are the same. It was refreshing to read such an honest and open memoir from such a talented writer.
I couldn't put this book down! Hannah's story is so unique but there are so many things that I find myself relating to. This books entices you to read faster to see what will happen next. I actually found myself laughing out loud, which NEVER happens.
I am in love with this book. I have already recommended it to all of my friends. I've even had people come up to me because they hear me laughing and reading by the pool and want to know what the book is about!
I can't wait for more!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honest and intelligent writing. A must-read for any high schooler. Also great for parents who want to get an inside look into the head and imagination of a teenager. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by RJ Thieneman
This book doesn't contain just a few scattered gems... instead, each sentence is clever, beautiful, and written in a style that is singularly Hannah's... Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by César Chávez
Hannah Friedman navigated the trials and tribulations of middle school and high school in "Everything Sucks" to find her true self - an incredibly gifted writer and creative... Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by Eggman
Bought this for my 13-year-old daughter. She read it in one day. Her one-word response: "Awesome.''Published on August 4, 2010 by J. B. Roberson
I'm an adult and I loved the book and couldn't put it down. Told from an adolescent perspective, we gain insight into Hannah's world of girlfriends, boyfriends, drugs, sex and... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Dog-eared
Hannah Friedman has written possibly one of the most starkly honest (intelligent and funny, too) portraits of adolescence I've read in quite some time. Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by M.Jacobsen
A very readable enjoyable glimpse into Hannah's life and a clear demonstration that her talent goes well past music.Published on March 8, 2010 by David Johnson
If I have to use just one word to describe this book, it would be "Honest". Hannah Friedman is very upfront about everything-sex, drugs, peer pressure and so much more that... Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by BooksatVioletCrush
I loved reading this book. It's funny, exciting, insightful, and sometimes tragic. Even though it's non-fiction, it reads like a novel. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Julian Charnis