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It's All Your Fault Hardcover – January 26, 2016
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Paul Rudnick is one of the funniest people out there and he's on fire with It's All Your Fault. This book is as fun and crazy as a wild night out. I had to know what happened next.” Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live and New York Times bestselling author of The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
Caution: Do not read in public. Will cause you to laugh (and possibly cry) out loud, sometimes at the same time. Screamingly funny and yet warmly touching. Buy multiple copies: You'll want to share this one with friends.” Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Mediator series
*A culture clash on steroids. Rudnick's affection for his flawed characters lends emotional depth to the skillful satire. Targets skewered include the symbiotic culture of narcissism binding celebrities and their fans, teen literary clichés, and Brooklyn. Hilarious, irresistible, and oh so timely.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A laugh-out-loud, irreverent tale built on as much snarkiness as sweetness. Rudnick expertly melds the good and the bad of youth and Hollywood without going unbelievably over the edge. Eschewing common sense and exhibiting a great deal of heart, this is one riotously good read.” Booklist
A whirlwind, laugh-a-minute escapade about a girl swept far outside her comfort zone, with real heart beneath the acid humor.” Publishers Weekly
Praise for Gorgeous:
"Gleefully wacky and irreverent . . . readers are treated to Rudnick's considerable talents as a satirist as he uproariously eviscerates our celebrity-mad, class-conscious, appearance-obsessed, reality-TV-vapid culture with puckish delight . . . a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching. And as a summer beach read? Well, it's perfect." -- Libba Bray, New York Times Book Review
"When I wasn't laughing out loud (which was often), I was wiping away a tiny tear."
-- Meg Cabot, bestselling author of The Princess Diaries series
"Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth and love and great wicked humor, whom we ignore at our peril." -- David Sedaris, bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day
"Rudnick's first Y.A. novel is full of magic, snark, style, heart, and hilarity." -- The Atlantic Wire
Huffington Post's Five Things We're Into This Week
"Paul Rudnick's generous, open heart, scathing wit, encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and droll humor are all in force in his latest creation, Gorgeous, which is aptly named. I absolutely adored this book and snort-laughed through the entire thing. You will too." -- Melissa de la Cruz, bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series
"Paul Rudnick's young adult debut, Gorgeous, is not a fairy tale. "Because in real life, fairy tales always end badly." What it is is a satire sharp as a stiletto heel that takes on celebrity culture, the fashion industry, consumerism, and princess stories. Oh, and it's wickedly hilarious." -- Boston Globe
*"With writing that's hilarious, profane, and profound (often within a single sentence), Rudnick casts a knowing eye on our obsession with fame, brand names, and royalty to create a feel-good story about getting what you want without letting beauty blind you to what's real." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Acute, wickedly funny observations on appearance and identity punctuate this sprawling, caustic fairy tale that cheerfully skewers the fashion and film worlds and their celebrity-culture spawn. . . . A Cinderella story with a difference, Becky's journey to reconcile her inner household drudge and outer princess starts where most fairy tales end." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Totally irreverent and wonderfully refreshing." -- RT Book Reviews
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Let's talk writing really quick, because this is where I both loved and hated the book. Rudnick is the king of one-liners and rapid exchange. The dialogue that comes out of Heller's, and Caitlin's, mouth had me laughing out loud. Of course with this intense back and forth, the quips just keep coming and it's great. I feel like I'm on a non-stop rollercoaster, which is needed because the things that happen in this book are somewhat stretching reality. But at the same time, there is A LOT OF CAPS USED TO EXPRESS THINGS. Both Caitlin and Heller, at one point or multiple points, yell throughout the book. I hate when ALL CAPS are used in books, because while I understand the want to really emphasize the crazy, I don't need someone to shove it down my throat.
But that is completely a personal thing of mine, and I can see how it works well in the context of this crazy story. Heller is the resident crazy famous girl, who did a stint in rehab and is now being baby-sat by her uptight Jesus-loving cousin, Caitlin. Obviously these two girls consistently bash heads because their lives couldn't be more different. Throw in all the crazy promo stuff that Heller has to do for her new movie, think a Twilight/The Hunger Games level franchise for the movies, and shenanigans happen. The plot and the dynamic between the two are really what makes this book so fun. While sometimes you have to suspend disbelief, it works.
I feel like this book is in a way Rudnick's commentary on pop culture and how crazy both the conservative side and liberal side of people can be when it comes to celebrity or being a "good Christian". Also, the additions to the book that highlight pop culture are really the best. There's a particular scene that really captures all the feels us book lovers go through when reading a particularly heart-wrenching book that just had me laughing so much. Then, of course, there are other things like the three little girls named Katniss, Hermione, and Bella, and the clear reference to the "cancer book"; we all know what book that is.
But even with all the crazy that happens, underneath it all is really a story of cousins, and how they deal with their issues with each other and with themselves. There are some heavy themes in the book, like drinking, drugs, OCD, anxiety attacks, that are prevalent but never lingered on for very long. This helps keep the story light, but also helps ground it in reality amidst the circus that Caitlin and Heller's three days become. I think without this aspect I wouldn't have liked the book at all because it would have been just too crazy.
Overall, this was a very fun book, full of madcap hijinks. The fast-pacing makes you fly through the book and the humor never lets up, even in the more serious times which I really loved. I think this is a must needed addition to any humor collection, whether it be YA or Adult because it is so funny and current. With It's All Your Fault in hand, you won't have a dull moment.
ego and superego and wrapping it up inside one young girl who, as they say, "acts it out." Two girls actually. No, wait a minute, three. Each perfectly aligned and off-kilter with one another. A terrific book.
Caitlin is a good Christian girl, she is a Singleberry meaning her and her 8 siblings are all home-schooled and all sing together as a family. On top of this though Caitlin has anxiety, and we don’t really see how bad it is or how long it’s been going on until a ways into the book.
Then we have Heller who is Caitlin’s cousin who is now a teenage star. The only problem is that Heller has gone off the deep end with drinking, drugs, etc. and now it appears that Heller’s mother is asking Caitlin to babysit Heller for the weekend in order to make sure she doesn’t go off the deep end and ruin in big new movie and chance at starting over.
Seems simple enough… That is until you realize that these two girls have a very big problem with each other that happened when they were younger and caused them to stop talking to one another.
After the girls have spent some time together and Caitlin has seen Heller’s world and all that comes with it. She starts to see why Heller did turn to those things and even though she didn’t think they were right she saw why Heller did it and realized how alone she really had been.
And then craziness happens with Sophie the girl who has cancer and that Heller is supposed to spend the day with. While the girls do end up spending the day together it is not how they thought it would be at all, or one that the parent’s wanted to happen…
But it was a good thing it happened because along the way we got to see Caitlin’s anxiety and some of her triggers and we got to see Heller try to fix it and make Caitlin feel okay… which was nice except for Caitlin just completely letting her self-lose control for the first time ever. This was very entertaining to read about, but was also rather sad because it made you realize how anxious she was all the time.
I really ended up loving this book, it talked about some really big issues, but dealt with them along with humor. I was smiling and cracking up all throughout this book. I would highly recommend you read this if you want a quick, fun read that does deal with anxiety in a very real way.
"All it had taken was a baby asprin, swallowed under the false pretenses, to turn me into a wild, lawless, deranged creature--into Heller. We need to turn Heller into me."