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BOOK REVIEW: You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Finished Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out of It! I would definitely recommend it, and here’s why:

  • You’ll Grow Out of It is a non-fiction collection of tales from Jessi Klein’s days as a train wreck comedy writer in New York and Los Angeles. You do not need to be a fan of Jessi Klein, or even know who she is to enjoy this book.

  • Klein recalls growing up as a tom boy in a Jewish family in Manhattan, the time she bought her first bra, her quest to sculpt the perfect butt, dating in the city, and more. • This book is so enjoyable because Klein is so RELATABLE. She clearly knows who she is (a wolf, tom boy and huge fan of the Bachelor) and it is refreshing to read an author who so readily admits their imperfections and mistakes.

  • Klein challenges femininity, never really relating to the “girly-girl” stereotype, opting for oversized shirts and bagged underwear from the drugstore, absolutely NOT Victoria’s Secret.

  • She writes an essay (page 54) where she divides women into two categories: Poodles and Wolves, identifying herself as a wolf; funny, and sweaty with a large appetite, while there are some women, poodles, who are confident, sexy and coordinated.

  • This book made me reflect on what comedy really is since this book is just basically a compilation of embarrassing moments, dating horror stories, and Klein’s awkward coming of age. This book made me realize that maybe all stand-up comedy is is being brave enough to admit what no one else has the guts to.

  • If you like other humour books like Tina Fey’s Bossypants or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, you will surely like this one.

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