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And the Heart Says Whatever Paperback – May 4, 2010
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Sadly, there's little evidence of that in her actual book.
"And the Heart Says Whatever" is moody, aimless, and pretty self-indulgent. There are flashes of insight or humor, but these are so few and far between they feel like they belong to a different, better book. This one has almost nothing to offer besides a fragmented portrait of the author's late-teenage-to-late-twenties ennui.
Here's the thing about memoirs: usually the good ones are written by people who have led fascinating or unique lives. So far, Gould doesn't seem to be one of these people. She moves to NYC after freshman year of college, works a variety of rent-paying jobs, and recovers from the slow dissolution of a six-year relationship. There are sporadic attempts to inject her open-ended anecdotes with gravitas ("We were just college kids," or "I wonder why I didn't crack like an egg on the sidewalk."), but it came off as, well, pretentious. Gould also seems to luxuriate in the idea of herself as a screw-up; not necessarily a Bad Girl but one who realizes the trap of being a Good one. While I applaud the sentiment (and the homage to Liz Phair), her adventures read less like owning her mistakes and more like, you know, stuff. Stuff that happens to everybody, like getting involved with someone when you're not right for each other, or getting a puppy before you're ready for the (huge!) responsibility. None of it's that big a deal.Read more ›
I'm a 64-year-old widow who never saw the show Sex and the City although I've heard about it in bits and pieces. The ironies in Gould's book abound. She writes about her mom and dad who at 26 were embarking on married life together and well on their way to the stereotypical two kids, a dog, and a station wagon and she at 26 is sitting on her ratty futon in a dilapidated apartment.
She remembers the break-up of her six-year relationship (her longest relationship) because it coincided with a time when she was contemplating her next tattoo. Her lover agrees that a certain tattoo would be a good addition and would add symmetry to her collection. Shortly thereafter they split!
I particularly enjoyed the story of her ill-fated encounter with pet parenthood and noted that she got rid of the dog and a guy at almost the same time and with nearly the same lack of emotion.
She recalls one of her early lovers whom she'd bedded just 13 times when she asked herself how people could maintain long-term relationships when she and her lover had nearly "exhausted the possibilities of the act."
She recalls the good times during her six-year-relationship--a typical night would be spent cooking and eating dinner, smoking a joint, and then falling asleep entwined in front of the TV. But she writes that the good times weren't meant to last. She betrayed her lover by kissing a coworker and wasn't able to retrieve the relationship.
At the end of the book she has a boyfriend, once again, but doubts whether she will ever marry and doubts whether love can last.Read more ›
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Hmm... I can see why she became "editor" of Gawker. And she looks kind of fat.Published 4 months ago by kickitjp
After loving Gould's book Friendship, I found her memoir/short story collection to be "meh." I enjoy her writing, and I'd read her next novel, but this one just didn't cut... Read morePublished 15 months ago by laroodoo
"And The Heart Says Whatever" (2010) is by journalist, author/editor Emily Gould. This is a memoir collection of eleven engaging essays mainly about young adulthood, and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by missmickee/bookreview
In the new book "MFA vs NYC", Gould has written an article (on Medium here [...]) about how she was paid $200,000 to write this book, which soon turned out to be a flop. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by James R Newlin
I started reading this in a borders store years ago when it first came out (and clearly before borders obviously closed down) and couldn't stop reading! Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by CHRIS
An apt title for a disappointing, humdrum collection of essays. Shrug, whatever. Lacks hilarity, insight. Many essays end with pathetic attempts at self-reflection. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Young Lady Dede
Most reviews I have read have been unnecessarily harsh on Emily Gould. And the Heart Says Whatever is well-written and Emily comes across as open and vulnerable. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Dandelion
Even though I admit to not reading all of this book, I have browsed Miss Gould's various blogs (and boy, are there many) over the years and believe I am entitled to an opinion. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by pf
I'm in my early twenties, a big reader and a closet writer who dreams of an awesome writing job. I once had big dreams about New York and this memoir sounded right up my alley. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by mellsbells