September 5, 2018

Book Review: Unqualified by Anna Faris


Unqualified

by Anna Faris

Genres: Celebrity Memoir
Publisher: Dutton Books
Length: 306 pages
Published: October 24, 2017
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

My Goodreads Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars (did not finish)

Official Book Summary:

"Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna's unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

Hilarious, authentic, and actually useful, Unqualified is the book Anna's fans have been waiting for."

Quote:

"If your closest friends stop showing up to your barbecues, you're probably in a bad relationship."

Audiobook cover

My Book Review:

As with any book review I post where I did not finish the book (I listened to just under half of the audiobook), take that into consideration.

I've never seen one of Anna Faris' movies, but I have seen a couple segments of her TV show and thought it might be interesting to learn more about her as an actress and a comedian.

Due to the book's advertising and its title, Unqualified, I thought this would be a comical look at life and that the only advice Anna offered would be sparse and very tongue-in-cheek. I expected it would be light-hearted, funny, and relatable. Not so. Perhaps my expectations are to blame for my negative response, but it wasn't what I was looking for in a book marketed as a humorous, celebrity memoir.

The memoir starts off with a very somber and immediately awkward tone. Her second divorce is the elephant-in-the-room and her ex-husband, Chris Pratt, gives the forward and his tone (at least in the audiobook rendering) completely caught me off guard. The darkness surprised me and so I thought the humor would pick up from there. Wrong again. Faris' narrative then segues to a rather serious chronological detailing of really bad relationships. Furthermore, though she repeatedly claims to be unqualified to give advice, that's all she does.

This book was not what I was anticipating nor what I wanted to read, but this could be resolved for other future audiences if it was no longer marketed as "comic" and "humorous."


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