• Page Count: 240
  • Release Date: April 25, 2017
  • My Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

This Is Really Happening BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack provides a collection of personal essays for the Snapchat generation.

Erin recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company.

She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether it’s her first kiss (“Sean’s tongue! In my mouth! Slippery and wet like a slug in the rain.”) or 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 a dustpan”).

Yet Erin also offers a fresh perspective on universal themes of resilience and love as she writes about surviving cancer, including learning of her mother’s own cancer diagnosis within the same year, and her attempts to hide the diagnosis from friends to avoid “un-normaling” everything.

My Thoughts:

I usually don’t read memoir-type books from non-celebrites, but I was interested when I heard the author writes for BuzzFeed. And her writing IS really funny!

The book’s a series of fun life stories mixed in with her experiences fighting cancer. Her insights on death were extremely accurate and my favorite part of the book for sure. The rest of the stories kind of depend on your personality… I thought the menstrual cup story was a bit too much information, but can totally see how others would find it funny.

Erin’s ability to jump between hilarious anecdotes and some potentially heavy topics while still keeping a light, conversational tone was impressive. Basically, it’s a really relatable and well-written book for millennials!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.


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