You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein is smart-ass funny. She’s written for Inside Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live, and has performed in her own comedy special. This collection of short real-life essays covers her move from cute tomboy to not so cute tom-man (her term for awkward years), dating, work, aging, and pregnancy. Her down to earth tone is very relatable. I snickered throughout the book. I had heard Jessi Klein on an NPR Podcast and that’s what brought her book to my attention.
p.94 Sartorially, I like guys who wear T-shirts and old canvas sneakers and generally look like they are incapable of taking care of another human being. Celebrity inspiration – Mark Ruffalo, if he were a failure.
p.97 in regards to Mike (whom she ultimately marries) He’s an advertising executive. He is charming and funny, but he’s not a mumbler. He’s straightforward and clear. In other words he’s nothing I thought I wanted. I thought for sure he would be the exception that proved the rule and soon I’d return to some hipster, sugar-addicted rabbinical school dropout. But then something happened.
p.120 in regards to a writing day. 9:15 am – go buy the New York Times 9:30 – Take the Times to my local café to read while eating breakfast. 10:30 am to 12:15 pm - Return home, Sit down and try to write something. Look at everyone I’ve ever dated on Facebook and also join LinkedIn. Never figure out how to get off LinkedIn. 12:30-1:30 Lunch 1:30-4 pm – Lose steam on writing. Eat two dainty squares of Ritter dark chocolate, put the bar back in the fridge, sit down as if to stop eating it, get up again, and then gobble the whole thing. 4p: Oprah
Together, these activities gave my day a shape, a journey from waking to sleep. But that journey was always fraught with the idea that I should be having more fun.
You’ll Grow Out of It is a light read, easy to pick up and put down, with life observations that you’ll relate to.