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Review: I Was Told There'd Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley

I was Told There’d Be Cake is a series of essays by sometimes-contributor to the Village Voice Sloane Crosley. There are fifteen essays total, and they cover typical twenty-something subjects, such as moving into a new walkup apartment in New York City (not as easy as it would appear), attending the wedding of every girl you knew in high school that you’d forgotten about (been there, done that), a semidysfunctional family (her family IS my family), and a satanic first boss.

Sloane Crosley tells these stories with humor and insight and she has a truly unique voice. But there were also times where I found myself thinking, “I think the same way!” Or, “I wish I’d thought of that!” It’s a completely honest, open kind of storytelling, one that you don’t see in many writers of today. Being a twenty-something myself, I could completely empathize with this book—made even better if you understand the cultural references (Oregon Trail, anyone?) This book is a complete gem, and my new bible.
Also reviewed by: Reading Reflections, Tripping Toward Lucidity, S Krishna's Books

Comments

Andi said…
I LOVE ESSAYS, and based on your review, I must have this book. Off to BookMooch I go!
reading1001 said…
Hum... I rarely read essays. But you sold it with the Oregon Trail reference! :D

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