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The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“[Laurie Notaro] writes with a flair that leaves you knowing she would be a gal you could commiserate with over a bucket of longneck beers. If you need to laugh over the little annoyances of life, this is a book for you. If you need to cry over a few of them, Flaming Tantrum can fit that bill, too.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A double-handful of chuckle-worthy vignettes . . . Notaro blends sardonic, often self-deprecating comedy with disarming sincerity.” —Publishers Weekly
“For pure laugh-out-loud, then read-out-loud fun, it’s hard to beat this humor writer.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
Top Customer Reviews
Now, the second half of the book was pretty good, but I paid for a hardback book for which I only enjoyed half. I did laugh out loud at a few moments, but there just seemed to be less to be tickeled by this time around.
One of the other things I found a bit irritating was the phrasing she uses. She writes very conversationally, but her passages become so longwinded and mixed that a number of times I had to reread sentences to understand what she was getting at. I understand that this is part of her humorus effect, but this book felt a bit like it was tripping over itself too much.
Don't get me wrong...I will buy the next one when it comes out...but I don't think any of her new material will be as good as her first, or even her second book.
*** I am amending this review.
Hours after I posted this review, I received an email from the author stating..."Thanks for the crappy review on amazon, beth." I find this to be extremely unprofessional and immature. She sent a second email later that day to say that she should not have sent the email, but she never actually said that she was sorry for sending it. I believe her unapologetic email was to prevent bad PR.
She might have been upset by my "crappy review" (which I don't find to be that harsh at all) but she had no right whatsoever to try and shame me. This is a customer forum. We should be free to present our opinions without the threat of harassment from others, especially when the review was in no way rude or undignified.
Just my 2 cents.
One thing that was in this book that I never expected was a very poignant story about the author's dog. I won't give anything away here, but it was incredibly beautiful and sad.
This is my favorite book that Ms. Notaro has ever written. I really enjoyed it, and now I can't wait for the next one!
I found almost nothing funny. I may have chuckled once...I can't remember (YES! It's that forgettable!). I couldn't finish the book and immediately removed it from my Kindle. What a waste of time and money.
The cabin visit...huh? What was so funny about that? Honestly.. It was so stupid! I was left wondering what the heck I had just read that was suppose to be funny in that chapter? The story about their home invasion....I didn't get the humor there either. I can't remember anything else I read in this book. That's how bad it is (though I couldn't read the whole thing. It was just too boring)!
I had to give people a heads up on this book. After I read all the RAVE reviews I couldn't wait to read it! Whoa! What a huge disappointment. [...]
I guess this author is most definitely an acquired taste and most assuredly, not one I will ever read again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always love a good dose of Ms Notaro. She always makes me feel so wonderfully human! She can see the comedy in everyday life. What a gift she is!Published 1 month ago by Judy A. Grabski
At first I was " I am not going to like this book", but I kept reading I could not stop laughing and saying to myself this so much about me, my phobias, my crazy neighbors and so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book way long and boring. A few really funny places but too much description going on. Enjoyed the funny parts but got really bored with most of it.Published 4 months ago by katip1453
I enjoyed this book, very funny and irreverent! I totally relate to Laurie's sense of humor and her writing style.Published 4 months ago by Ellen Vines
If you haven't read a book by Laurie Notaro then you will be in for a pleasant fun surprise.
Read it and laugh out loud to your hearts content. Loved this book.
This is "by far" the funniest book I have ever read. She leaves you in stitches!Published 10 months ago by Grandma