I had hoped this would be the sort-of "not funny premise" told with a mix of comedy and drama that "Funny People" was. Unfortunately, it was mostly depressing and flat without the jokes. A few funny moments, but not worth investing the more than two hours it takes to watch it.
Perhaps it was unfair going into this book hoping for something closer to Tina Fey's Bossypants. However, the first half seemed to give me the B-version of that book, with tales of SNL and 30 Rock and making it in the comedy world. Unfortunately, the book all-to-soon turned to a not funny, not particularly engaging mother memoir.
I grew up with Alice McKinley-- reading the first book of the series when I was in third grade, and continuing on as new books were published, even as I grew older than the title character.
This book, though, read like a 517 page epilogue. Instead of any propelling storyline, it just hit on the highlights of all of Alice's later life. Though I was curious about where she ended up, I didn't need quite the detail the book gave.
Additionally, it just all felt a little dated and old fashioned-- clear that it was written by a woman who grew up and was married in another era.
All in all disappointing.
After really enjoying Burnham's standup specials, perhaps my expectations were too high for this mostly comic book. A mix of poetry and images, the book was alright, but jokes missed more than they hit. Readers would be better off choosing Demetri Martin's "Point Your Face at This."
Suspenseful, disturbing, and suddenly moving. Though different in tone from most of E. Lockhart's books, the engaging story and characters remain. Though occasionally frustratingly slow in the middle, it's worth continuing for the unexpected ending...that changes the way the whole book reads.