In a series of essays that span her childhood to present, Nora introduces us to her mind and her world while inviting us to more closely observe our own. This collection is a response to a society that tells us to live, laugh, and love. It reminds us that we don't have to be oppressively optimistic or obsessed with self-improvement.
... a witty, insightful set of essays about self-worth and parenting in the social media era ... Even when dealing with serious topics like anxiety and narrow escapes, McInerny has a consistently light touch ... Channeling humorists like Nora Ephron, she writes about her extreme homebody nature, her surprise at learning a college friend became a nun, and recounts taking a recreational drug to get through her 20th high school reunion ... McInerny is endearingly honest, aware of her privilege and open about her contradictions ... There may be no nuance on the Internet, but there's plenty in these 19 funny, bittersweet essays.
McInerny isn’t afraid to attack these challenges and speaks frankly about alcoholism, depression, her husband’s death from cancer, and an aunt with dementia. Her gift is addressing these grim topics with humor and insight ... Whether she’s recalling a college friend who danced drunkenly on bar tops who later became a nun, or attending a high-school reunion, this author can find a hilarious twist. Childhood adventures, competitive parenting, the lure of social media, and emotional therapy are all served up with groans and laughs. The author is a millennial nearing middle age, but her experiences are told with fierce honesty that will resonate with a wide range of readers.
... humorous ... Occasionally, McInerny’s meditations can seem unfocused but her wit, vulnerability, and self-deprecation make her an enjoyable companion. Despite the title, this is nothing but a good time.