Book Review: This is Really Happening

this is really happening

Reviewed By: Alex

Genre: Humor/Biography

Page Count: 272

Format: Paperback

In Stock: Yes

Rating: 9/10

What? Alex is writing a book review?!? Yes! This book inspired me to write a review about it, that’s how much I enjoyed it! (If you’re not a fan of exclamation points this review is not for you!)

Now this isn’t a book that I’d normally pick up, I tend to personally read youth or science fiction books, but for some reason or another this one caught my eye.  Not going to lie, it was probably the bear talking through a speech bubble that initially grabbed my attention.

The synopsis on the back further peaked my interest;

With humor and heart, Erin chronicles everything from her first kiss (“Sean’s tongue! In my mouth! Slippery and wet like a slug in the rain”) to her struggles with anxiety (“When people throw caution to the wind, I am stuck imagining the poor soul who has to break his back sweeping caution into the dustpan”).  She writes about surviving cancer at age nineteen and learning of her mother’s own diagnosis within the same year, and her attempts to hide her diagnosis from friends to avoid “un-normaling” everything.

That roller coaster ride of a synopsis does no justice to just how laugh out loud worthy (laugh out loud, not just LOL) and heartfelt this book really is! A particular moment I enjoyed was the anecdote about when Erin her boyfriend and one of their friends went camping on a cross country road trip, and a bear appeared outside of their tent.  I laughed so loudly that people in the area looked at me funny.  I still think about the general situation she was in and how comically they handled it frequently.

The heartfelt parts were so real and for lack of a better phrase free of the BS usually found in these sorts of humorous anthologies.  When she had her first kiss, the descriptors she used were awkward and true, and just so unusual! making it all that more enjoyable to read and experience with her, her cancer story was traumatic as it would be for anyone, but she presented it in a lighthearted, lust-for-life kind of way without taking away from the seriousness of what she and those around her were going through.

Erin Chack is now a senior writer for Buzzfeed and I unashamedly follow her on both Buzzfeed and social media, (not in a creepy way though!)  and she still seems to get up to the crazy stuff she told about in her book! 10/10 would recommend for those who want to laugh, maybe cry and just explode with the all of the feelings that come from those little moments that make you think, “This is really Happening”.

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