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I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays Paperback – April 1, 2008
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No? Then you're not like Sloane Crosley, the twenty-something author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake. This little book of wildly assorted essays is a kind of cubist blueprint for the young, well-off, well-educated New York woman. Crosley's writing is irreverent about her family ("I have never met two people more afraid of their house burning down than my parents") and particularly about her (we hope) well-disguised friends. She says of a pair of dinner guests: "Because there are no more hippies, you don't call them hippies. (But if you ever saw two people on a beach, gorging themselves on whole-wheat burritos and pot, picking sand out of each other's toes, and diving into the water naked, that would be them.)"
You may wonder whether you care about Sloane Crosley's observations on her short life to date. That's one question I can't answer for you.Read more ›
I was quite disappointed with the first few essays, and thought that maybe she was trying too hard. The essays are somewhat enjoyable, but she mixes a few too many clichés in with too few of her very original sentences.
But-- it was good enough to keep me reading, and I absolutely loved the "You On a Stick" essay about her being asked to be a bridesmaid in an old friend's wedding. Thoroughly enjoyable, and something many of us can relate to.
She's young and still finding her voice. My guess is that her next work will be an improvement and that we'll be hearing more from her.
She definitely is cool-- in that she is honest, and that she writes from her own perspective, not caring what might "sell."
This book to me, while disappointing overall, does show that she has the observational voice that we all love in the Sedarises and Burroughs of the world. Plus she has the ability to create unusual and entertaining phrases which you have to admire.
I'll definitely be watching her rise.
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This book amused me. With the exception of one rambly essay that lost its own point long before the end, each essay has a high dose of humor, mainly self-deprecating and earnest. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Beth Wade
Extremely boring and not a bit funny. Had to stop reading it; gave it to a used book store.Published 2 months ago by Angie M
I enjoyed some of these biographical stories more than others. Perhaps it was just the ones I could related to more? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy R.
funny, relatable. 'the ursula cookie' was my fave essay and could be a movie (a la 'the devil wears prada'). overall, a fun, honest read. crosley is charming, quirky. recommended!Published 3 months ago by Hilal Isler
I found this an easy and enjoyable read. At some points I laughed out loud. And I can't use a public restroom with a hands-free flushing toilet without being reminded of this book!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer A.
I wasn't totally thrilled with it. Her viewpoint was interesting, but I've been there and moved on.Published 3 months ago by Dianne
I have to agree with some of the other comments - this book is good but not great. It made me smile but it didn't make me laugh out loud. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alyssa