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We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive Paperback – April 19, 2005
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By Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY
"Hilarious...(Notaro) is Dave Barry with ovaries, filing bizare and frequently humiliating reports on Life on the Goofy Side." -- The Miami Herald
by Connie Ogle
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Her riffs on e-mail spam ("With all of these irresistible offers served up to me on a plate, I WANT A PENIS NOW!!"), eBay ("There should be an eBay wading pool, where you can only bid on Precious Moments figurines and Avon products, that you have to make it through before jumping into the deep end"), and the perils of St. Patrick's Day ("When I'm driving, the last thing I need is a herd of inebriates darting in and out of traffic like loaded chickens") are the stuff of legend. And for Laurie, it's all true.
Top Customer Reviews
In We Thought You Would Be Prettier, Notaro still is the often the butt of her own jokes, but somehow now she seems more Roseanne than Phyllis Diller. Even her bio at the end of the book is good for a laugh. My favorites were the story of the flippy-haired guy at the supermarket and her description of her day at driving school.
I was also pleased to find her website (LaurieNotaro dot com) where there was a very funny piece about her misadventures with the supermarket self-check-out machine. There you can also read the story of how her first book was rejected seventy times before she finally self-published and then she was almost immediately contacted by an agent who sold that book and her unpublished second book. I love that story. And she has a new book coming out in November!
Some of the essays in the book were a little over done for me. Almost like she was trying too hard to be funny. But there were several that just hit a nerve - that I could relate to - that had me laughing so hard I was crying & couldn't see the page. I loved reading a book like that - it felt good to lose myself in the humor. And I'd recommend it - in fact, my sister in law has it now.
There are several very moving "This Is Your Life" segments that reveal Notaro's roots with humor and wit. In "Moving Day," Notaro relives all her memories of her grandparents' house and what it was like to interact with them. In "Last Night at Long Wong's," she attends the closing party for the bar in which many of her Idiot Girls' adventures took place. She had't been there in years, and she was too tired/responsible to go to the all-night after-party, something she would have been the life of in her Idiot Girls' days.
For readers who have grown with Notaro, from being a reckless Idiot Girl to becoming the Dorkiest Girl Alice, this will be a surefire hit.
Her first book so artfully introduced her world, a world with an Italian family that could put the Sopranos to shame, a Catholic mother who makes the reader feel guilty just for reading the "filth" that only her daughter could come up with, and some of the best friends a girl could have. If there had been an Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club in my town, I would have been the first to sign up.
Her second book introduced us to the lifetime of heart ache the male species gave our heroine. But lo and behold, she finds love and marriage with a man she flashed her unharnessed breast at in their shared work environment (and he still married her). The third book continues her adventures in marriage, friendship, family, and the ungratifying work of being a journalist. Giving up her job after she publishes her book, she leads us right to the next chapter in her life.....the book tour.
I think that by far the most recent book really takes us to some pretty scary places, whether that be a squinky eye, or feral cats in the neighbors yard, but it also gives a lot more emotion to the voice that in the past has been funny but not necessarily nice. The sorrow of moving, seeing old friends, the everyday reality of married life, she relays all these things poignantly.
I have given these books as gifts and loans to all the girls I know. Laurie Notaro finally gives a voice to our pathetic band of idiots. We have a mantra, you know. "Egg, bread crumbs, frying pan!" Long live the Idiot Girls!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
She never fails me and there are times I think she is writing my life story. Very funny and down to earth.Published 1 month ago by Laura
It started off so well, had me laughing out loud quite a few times. Rather unusual for me. Then, the author got into these repetitious stories, with predictable punchlines also... Read morePublished 2 months ago by smmdb
This is without a doubt one of the funniest books I have ever read! I mean laugh out loud funny. It was a birthday gift from my twin sister, and I couldn't thank her enough for a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Petie Ogg
Laurie Notaro always makes me laugh. And as a bonus, she also made my offspring laugh when I insisted on reading to him the story of Laurie's husband and the baby spiders. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book had me chuckling and waiting for the next adventure. What a life to read about. Never knew what was nextPublished 4 months ago by Digemonk
Hysterical. Notari is a brilliant writer, you're right there with her in every adventure. Hilarious, great fun.Published 6 months ago by Susan Kennedy