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I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays Paperback – April 1, 2008
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I did find her essay on her first horrible boss humorous as, it was something we can all relate to, but after that we seem to loose touch with each other on things to connect on. Maybe because I never lived in New York so I did not understand the hustle and bustle. Either way, this was not a bad book at all, it just honestly seemed like I read it all before.
I had never really been into short stories or essays before I picked up this book at a friends house read the first chapter and had to get it myself.
it is a very funny, insightful and very well written book.
there is a nice balance of humor and vulnerability from the author.
if you're a fan of sedaris or mindy you will absolutely love this books. She has another essay books that is just as good.
I'm afraid there's nothing new here--a few chuckles and clever witticisms, but mostly I found this to be a monotonous collection of tales from a young woman shaking off the selfishness of youth and coming of age. Of varying length and format, these essays aren't polished and there are attempts to give a last-line/full-circle zinger in several cases; however, for me they didn't work. Further, I knew there was a generation gap when she started waxing nostalgic about video games in the excerpt entitled "Bring Your Machete To Work Day." And I didn't quite know how to take the proclamation: [I] "find people who publicly strive to make the world a better place to be moderately annoying." I feel I should have been more on board with her sense of humor by 117 pages into the book where this appears. Nevertheless, I can't blame the author for these particular criticisms--which means this book had more of an audience problem for me, rather than a talent problem. I'd love to read more of Crosley's work, say in another decade or two. My guess is that she's going to get better and better.
Bottom line: Good writing, mildly humorous, nothing new for baby-boomers, but probably great for Gen X'ers and those who follow . . . what are they called? No doubt, Crosley knows.
Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club