Review: I Might Regret This

Review: I Might Regret ThisI Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff on October 30th 2018
Pages: 320
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four-stars

New York Times Bestseller

From the co-creator and co-star of the hit series Broad City, a "poignant, funny, and beautifully unabashed" (Cheryl Strayed) bestselling essay collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew.

When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn't she going with friends? Wouldn't it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one... why? But Abbi had always found comfort in solitude, and needed space to step back and hit the reset button. As she spent time in each city and town on her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions-- What do I really want? What is the worst possible scenario in which I could run into my ex? How has the decision to wear my shirts tucked in been pivotal in my adulthood?

In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections--all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike--readers will feel like they're in the passenger seat on a fun and, ultimately, inspiring journey. With some original illustrations by the author.

I saw this book and knew I had to have it. I’m not sure why; I’m a casual fan of Broad City at best. But it sounded interesting, and the illustrations were cool, and I went home with it. I haven’t been reading as much lately, or at least not finishing everything, but this book held my interest. In fact, I very much liked this book.

Abbi goes on a road trip from New York to Los Angeles, making several stops along the way. This book covers her trip, her musings, and tells the story of the start of her career in show business. I’m a fan of her illustrations, and she has great musical taste (David Bowie (my favorite!), Tom Petty, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett…) The subtitle promises vulnerabilities, and she reveals a slew of them. At one point, a hotel room key sends her into a tailspin. She stays at a bed-and-breakfast by herself and immediately regrets it. She is often awake at night against her wishes, pondering what-ifs and experiences past. Her anxieties make her incredibly relatable, at least to me, despite all her success and the vast difference in what we chose to do with our lives. I read this book much quicker than most things I’ve read in a long time, because I find her journey (not just the road trip) compelling.

four-stars

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