Monday, February 8, 2016

Your twenties are the worst part of your life that you don't actually know at the time is terrible

I mentioned I read Us as part of a book club. It was my first time joining and after we finished talking about the book (and eating and drinking, as any good book club works) we each put a title in a hat to pick the next book. I suggested I Don't Care About Your Band and it was picked* and now here we are.

I Don't Care About Your Band comes up on Amazon as frequently bought with Caitlin Moran stuff so I figured, hey, good company. Though really, I would put this closer to Chelsea Handler which is good if that's what you like. I read her book My Horizontal Life and it was not really my thing. This is slightly more my thing, but not to the same level has Moran or Lawson.

It's mostly Klausner's experience having sex (and sometimes dating) a variety of people through her teens and twenties who were mostly losers and/or jerks and the things she learned from it. Sometimes it was funny, sometimes it was offensive, and even though I just finished the book the other day** I forgot a good deal of what happens. And at this point it is actually months later and I remember pretty much none of the book or the anecdotes, just a vague feeling I had while reading it.

There are funny moments. I highlighted some quotes I liked then and still like now. And since I've already said I can't remember much of this book (Book club is going to be interesting...), let's instead focus on some of those quotes I highlighted.
My advice to women who habitually gravitate toward musicians is that they learn how to play an instrument and start making music themselves. Not only will they see that it's not that hard, but sometime I think women just want to be the very thing they think they want to sleep with.
The trick is to realize that the boys who talk so much about being rejected that it seems like they're proud of it aren't necessarily sweeter or more sensitive than the Bababooey-spouting frat bullies who line up at clubs like SkyBar to run game on girls they want to date rape. There are plenty of nerds who fear women and aren't sensitive, despite their marketing; they just dislike women in new, exciting ways.
There's a whole generation of us who rode on the wings of feminism's entitlement like it was a Pegasus with cornrows, knowing how smart we were and how we could be anything.
So the book's fine. Entertaining enough, especially if Chelsea Handler is your thing. Wasn't particularly memorable and I don't remember laughing out loud as I did with a Moran or Lawson.

Gif rating:
*By me, when I chose out of said hat but I didn't do it on purpose at all and actually didn't want to pick my book because that's a lot of pressure and WHAT IF THE BOOK IS BAD AND I SCREW UP BOOK CLUB?
**Other day from the point I'm writing this, though by the time this posts it'll prob be a month or so later cos I am GREAT at keeping up with things

Title quote from page 248, location 3166

Klausner, Julie. I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated. Penguin Group, 2010. Kindle