Original Title: Is It Just Me?
Year Published: 2012
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of Pages: 323
First Sentence: “My Dear Reader Chum, a very hearty hello to you.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn’t tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?
Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures – surely it’s plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?
I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences – from school days to life as an office temp – and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much-needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life’s rocky path.
Because frankly where is the manual? The much-needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let’s call it, because it’s fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.
This book is hilarious and a must read for everyone feeling like they are struggling with being an adult. I might just be 24, but I related to so many things in this book. If you have already seen Miranda’s sitcom you will be familiar with her humour. It translates very well from screen to print, and I found myself laughing out loud several times.
It is an honest book as well as being humorous. There are definitely moments where you feel second-hand embarrassment for miss Hart, but it all makes it easier to relate to this book. Miranda speaks directly to you as a reader as well, which makes it feel like you are sitting down and having a conversation directly with her.
It is a very light-hearted book, so if you are looking for something profound that will teach you all the secrets of life, then look elsewhere. But if you are looking for something that shows that no, life does not magically get easy when you reach adulthood, but it’s okay, enjoy it all while it lasts; then this is the book for you.
Do I recommend it?
Yes yes yes! Go read it now!