In Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault, Cathy Guisewite proves that she can impart wit and wisdom about life as an adult female in the United States today just as effectively in an essay format as she did when she wrote her highly successful comic strip ... Guisewite’s humor, empathy and insightfulness combine to create a clever and highly entertaining look at the challenges and issues faced by women today.
Although some of the essays are repetitive and clunky in their attempts at comedy, Guisewite hits the mark more often than not. It’s a collection that isn’t likely to appeal to readers who were never 'Cathy' fans (Ack!), but the author offers a new way to savor the humor of her classic comic-strip character. Absurd and often witty takes on life as a caregiver, mother, and woman.
... Guisewite finds an outlet for her frustrations in this amusing debut essay collection ... Some will find Guisewite’s discussions of shoes and makeup shallow, but women who can relate to her experiences and concerns will enjoy her girlfriendish voice and appreciate the more substantive material.