Friday 12 March 2021

Review: I want to Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom

 From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal."

In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

Review: I read this book on audio and I highly recommend reading it that way if that is a format you can access. I recommend the audio because Rachel Bloom reads it and so you feel like she is just sitting down and chatting to you...and sometimes her former younger self and also sometimes singing to you. It is definitely worth the investment for the mini broadway numbers alone!

I didn't know a whole lot about Rachel bloom going into this other than having watched the first couple of episodes of Crazy Ex Girlfriend but I don't really feel like you have to know her as an actress to appreciate this book. It feel like an honest account of her life so far whilst exploring various sides of her identity. She really delves deep into how her past, her up bringing and her religion have formed her as a person. She goes into her work ethic and the various aspects of her life that have formed her writing and improv comedy. 

I really loved how open and honest this book is when it comes to workplace bullying and the discrepancies amongst men and women in the workplace. People are so wary to talk about that kind of thing especially when they have a very active career. She also goes into the subject of her own mental health specifically OCD. It was so refreshing to hear someone writing and speaking about the actual illness and how it affects their life and not talking about it the was most people misuse the term.

I loved how much heart and soul went into this book as well as the honesty and humour that it brought. It made me laugh out loud and it also make me take up watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend again, I'm onto season 3 now.

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