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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays Paperback – May 2, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of May 2017: Some of the best books, in my opinion, don't really end when you turn the final page. Instead, something about them sticks with you, causes you to look back, challenges you, or maybe just revisits you from time to time. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter qualifies. In this case, not only do many of Scaachi Koul's laugh-out-loud accounts of her experiences in her everyday life bring smiles time and time again, they also strike with a surprising poignancy that both speaks to your core and challenges you moving forward. It's great for bite-sized reads in its structure, but good luck not devouring it in one sitting. Either way, the end seems to come much too soon. I’m expecting more great things from this author! --Penny Mann, The Amazon Book Review
"Looking for a voice-of-their-generation type writer? No pressure or anything, but BuzzFeed writer Scaachi Koul might fit the bill. Drawing comparisons to Mindy Kaling and Roxane Gay, Koul is a voice for outsiders, children of immigrants and just about any other millennial trying to make their way in today's perplexing world with this entertaining and thought-provoking collection of essays.”―Rolling Stone
"You're probably already in love with Scaachi Koul on Twitter, so if you read this book, be warned that you'll likely fall even deeper. Equal parts hilarious and profound, it's simply a must-read."―Cosmopolitan (Best Books to Read This Spring)
“I want to compare Koul to Nora Ephron and David Sedaris so that you'll buy the book (and because it is that funny), but her deft voice―with its smirking gut punches, its generous exasperation―is unmistakable, or at least will be soon."―The Village Voice
“Koul’s essays are sharp, hilarious, and insightful.”―The New York Post
“Koul manages to balance uproarious comedy with poignant blows to the gut, somehow mastering the art of being both fun and affecting, outrageous and vulnerable.”―Bustle
"In writing honestly about incredibly intimate moments, Koul reaches two distinct audiences: those who can’t imagine what her life is like and are given a glimpse into it, and those like her, who will likely feel relief to see themselves reflected in a piece of culture that is sharp, witty and just plain fun to read."―The Toronto Star
"Deeply personal and humorous...In order to overcome racism, it must have a strong light shone on it to illuminate all its ugliness. Koul does this by bringing her vulnerability, honesty and, of course, wry sense of humour to the discussion. She weaves stories, which through their cultural uniqueness and specificity, become universal and applicable to all."―The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Simultaneously uproarious and affecting, the personal essays in Buzzfeed contributor Koul’s debut explore the nuances of life as a first-generation Canadian with Indian parents, from phobias, guilt trips, and grudges to the drama of interracial dating…. She also reflects poignantly on race, sexism, and body image issues…. The specifics of Koul’s life are unique, but the overarching theme of inheritance is universal, particularly the vacillation between struggling against becoming one’s parents and the begrudging acceptance that their ways might not be so bad. Koul’s deft humor is a fringe benefit.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Unveiling the double standards that exist for her both as a woman in her family (moving in with her much-older boyfriend prompts months of anger from her father) and a woman of color in the world, Koul is funny and generous in sharing, and blissfully not in the business of cutting slack...Like all great essays, Koul’s will inform and entertain both those who already identify with her and those who don’t yet.”―Booklist
"One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is an absolutely wonderful, impossible-not-to-love book. Whether writing about race or girlhood, the internet or family, Scaachi Koul's writing makes each issue feel fresh and newfound. Hilarious but thoughtful, Koul draws you in to her life and makes you never want to leave."―Jessica Valenti, New York Times bestselling author of Sex Object
"One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter made me laugh embarrassingly loud on the train while surrounded by snarling, irritated commuters, approximately 1,729 times. And she has so many killer lines that destroyed me. Scaachi Koul is a miracle."―Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty
"One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is moving, edifying and funny besides."―The National Post
“An iconoclast whose voice will likely resonate with a specific generation.”―Kirkus Reviews
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Update #1: Originally I gave this three stars. I reduced it because the more I read the book, the more I believe this does not deserve such a high rating. I'm still not finished with the book, so I will update the review if anything changes.
Update #2: Still not finished with the book, but at least two of the essays are pretty good. They seemed more personal and less like they were trying (and failing) to get a laugh. They are still repetitive and have the odd cuss, but the subject matter was interesting. Maybe I will raise my review to a two-star review if there is one more good essay.
The book is entertaining and youthful, but also surprisingly thoughtful. I appreciated Koul's honesty and willingness to poke fun at herself. There are some preachy moments that irritated me, but Koul's earnestness keeps the collection grounded. It's easy for me to see that she's just genuinely trying to figure life out, and I like and respect her for that.
So One Day We'll All Be Dead (etc.), is a quick, light read. It's pretty much what you expect a memoir written by a 20-something to be, but it's one of the best books in that category that I've read. I hope Koul keeps writing, because I am definitely interested in reading her future books.
Advance Reader Copy provided by Net Galley.
This book is so funny, smart, and deeply personal. I'll be picking up copies for friends for sure.