Idiot: Life Stories from the Creator of HELP HELEN SMASH by Laura Clery

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I first came across Laura Clery’s work when my sister sent me one of her Facebook videos. It was titled Life with a Newborn. It chronicled her day-to-day life with a newborn in a humorous way. Incidentally, I had just had my first baby and I found the video to be 100% accurate and relatable. Suddenly I was hooked! I watched video after video, hours on end, switching between her various social media profiles. Every video of hers struck a chord with me and I soon became her fan.

In one of her videos on Instagram, I watched her read out an excerpt from her book. It was about how she adopted her one-eyed pug and the events that followed. It was very well written; funny and yet had me in tears as I watched the video. I decided to give the book a chance and bought it.

Cut to, three days later I am in my bed at midnight, baby sleeping next to me, unable to put the book down. I finished the book in three days straight, despite the million distractions around me.

But hold on, before I get ahead of myself, let me give you some details.

Overview:

From YouTube star and Facebook Video sensation Laura Clery comes a collection of comedic essays in the vein of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby and You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein.

Laura Clery makes a living by sharing inappropriate comedy sketches with millions of strangers on the Internet. She writes songs about her anatomy, talks trash about her one-eyed rescue pug, and sexually harasses her husband, Stephen. And it pays the bills!

Now, in her first-ever book, Laura recounts how she went from being a dangerously impulsive, broke, unemployable, suicidal, cocaine-addicted narcissist, crippled by fear and hopping from one toxic romance to the next…to a more-happy-than-not, somewhat rational, meditating, vegan yogi with good credit, a great marriage, a fantastic career, and four unfortunate-looking rescue animals. Still, above all, Laura remains an amazingly talented, adorable, and vulnerable, self-described…Idiot.

With her signature brand of offbeat, no-holds-barred humor, Idiot introduces you to a wildly original—and undeniably relatable—new voice.”

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: 24th September 2019

Pages: 256

My Review of the Book:

To be honest, I was quite sceptical about the book when I started reading it. Yes, her videos were extremely funny and relatable but would her book be the same? Would I read a few pages and get bored and then put it aside and never pick it up again? I had a thousand questions in my mind as my fingers hovered over the “Buy” button on my Kindle.

Surprisingly, the book was an easy read. From the very first page, it caught my attention and I wanted to know more about Laura Clery’s life. Her narration of the more serious issues like drug addiction and her relationship with an abusive addict is honest and has a raw quality throughout it. She does not sugar coat her experiences and does not hold back or make excuses for her actions. Her ability to use subtle humour to describe some of her darkest moments in life is indicative of her innate sense of humour.

It is evident that Clery’s drive to establish a career in comedy and the discipline she showed in her path to sobriety has surpassed all her past mistakes, paving way for her success. Her desire to succeed has fuelled her journey of rehabilitation. Through her description of the efforts that she took to put herself first in challenging situations, she motivates people to alter their priorities. Her book is a testament to the fact that people can change for the better with consistent effort and discipline.

Verdict:

In conclusion, Laura Clery’s Idiot is a worthwhile life story narrated in a humorous and honest manner. Moreover, the personal element is presented in a lucid narrative style that enables the readers to relate to the experiences of the author. I would not go as far as to say that it is a must-read book, but if you are a fan of Laura Clery’s work, I would definitely suggest the book and say go for it, you will not be disappointed. It would engage the readers completely and enable them to identify themselves with the narrator.

Reviewed by The Review Owl.

 

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