You Deserve A Drink

I love to laugh. Especially the kind of laughter that’s not pretty- you know, when you’re head is bobbing up and down, but nothing comes out of your mouth except for the occasional gasp for air and you feel proud of yourself afterwards because it feels like you’ve been doing an ab workout for days? I laughed like this repeatedly while reading Mamrie Hart’s book, You Deserve A Drink for my AP Language and Composition class.

My reading group decided on reading memoirs written by women, and one of the first suggestions was to read memoirs from comediennes. I got really excited because, as you now know, I love to laugh. I was thinking about which comedienne’s book to read, when my sister recommended Mamrie Hart. I had heard about Mamrie’s comedy sketches on YouTube, but I had never watched them.

As I started reading the book, I was very skeptical as to whether I’d chosen the right book. I’d like to think that I’m quite an open minded person, but I was honestly somewhat afraid of what the book consisted of after reading the foreward- “None of what you’re about to read is exaggerated, fabricated or G-rated. But it is, like [Mamrie], special.”

And man, was I right to be afraid.you deserve a drink

From tales of karaoke in New York, to being stranded at an airport in Kuala Lampur, to spring break adventures spent lounging poolside at a nude hotel occupied chiefly by elderly gay men, this book is extremely engaging, while giving the reader great insight (probably too much) into real events that took place in Mamrie’s life. Mamrie uses jokes- some(many) very racy and many very witty, as well as strong imagery as rhetorical devices that gave the book a laid-back and welcoming feel and were effective in appealing to the reader (depending on who the reader is and how comfortable they are with certain references/content). In her employment of imagery, Mamrie often used hilarious comparisons, for example, likening her thin shirt to Prince William’s hair. Additionally, Mamrie’s confidence really shines through her book, especially in how she isn’t afraid to address any topic; this makes her writing solid and enjoyable.

You Deserve a Drink, based upon its title, has a drink recipe at the start of every chapter (quite creative, really) and relies heavily on the author’s bar-tending and drinking experience, which I must say was a drawback for me, in that I am excluded from that demographic. Additionally, while I think that being authentic is a great component in writing, it sometimes feels as if the author uses profanity just to use it rather than to further a specific cause or emphasize a specific point. The overall organization of the memoir is quite jumbled, making some parts seem unrelated and resulting in uncertainty as to what the point is. Mamrie strings the reader along with interesting anecdotes, but fails to conclude the book in a manner that ensures a lasting impression.

In an interview with the Daily Dot magazine, Mamrie says “I want this to be a book you throw in your beach bag, or for your subway ride. I want this to be a fun time. You’re not going to learn anything, I guarantee, or your money back!” Although You Deserve a Drink is one of the less serious and poignant books I have read, it was a fun change from the types of books that I do read. I laughed a great deal, and there were multiple tiny lessons, ranging from fairly serious to comical, to be learned from each chapter (like not to start a Topless Tuesday club).

If you are looking for a fun and ridiculously over-the-top book, try You Deserve a Drink (keeping in mind that there is some (well, more than ‘some’) not-so-appropriate content).

You know what? After reading this long post…I think you deserve a drink! Hehe.

-Angel

*I am not encouraging/endorsing underage drinking in this post  🙂

3 comments

  1. knockman47 · November 1, 2015

    Great job Angel! I loved how I could hear your voice clearly through your writing. It makes it humorous and it adds a conversational tone, relaxing the reader and making it a joy to read. One thing that you could change to improve this writing is to watch out for run-on sentences and to vary your sentence structure.

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  2. anisajoy · November 1, 2015

    Angel-
    I love your lovely disclaimer at the end. Your book review is very straight forward, yet still light and airy much like the tone of your book.
    One think I would suggest is maybe explaining more upon how the book impacted you-other than making you laugh.
    Great job! xxx

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