Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All From Someone Who Is Not Okay by Lauren Weedman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you've lived, then you have a story to tell. If you've lived and you also happen to have a good sense of humor, you should probably write it down. That's pretty much the premise for Miss Fortune by Lauren Weedman. She is a writer/actor/entertainer that has quite a few interesting stories to tell, from her days in high school show choir to some crazy days in Europe and beyond to her envelopment into domesticity and motherhood.
This is one of those books where you probably shouldn't try to read it straight through—it's made up of a series of essays that are not linear in their storytelling. This is more of a chapter-a-day kind of book. The stories themselves are interesting and much more entertaining that your cousin or friend telling you the same type of story because Weedman has a wry sense of humor. The only parts that were lost on me in this book are the days that Weedman spent in Amsterdam: a strange threesome, a high-caliber acting group that breaks up before it ever gets started, befriending the leader of that group only to find out she's a compulsive liar, etc. Maybe I've lived a sheltered life, but who does that and actually stays to see what would happen next instead of running away? Those were the only parts that seemed a little out there to me.
Overall, this is a fun read if you want to hear funny, crazy stories.
*Received a copy of this book from Penguin First to Read
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