A hilarious, quirky, and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions while hoping (and sometimes failing) to find herself, in the style of Never Have I Ever and Adulting. Join Dana Schwartz on a journey revisiting all of the terrible decisions she made in her early twenties through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz. Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty fucking difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it seems like you could be. Dana has no idea who she is, but at least she knows she's a Carrie, a Ravenclaw, a Raphael, a Belle, a former emo kid, a Twitter addict, and a millennial just trying her best....
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Choose Your Own Disaster Reviews
I got this book as an ARC, so I'm guessing in the final copy it actually has page numbers instead of "turn to page 000" since it seems that some of the chapters are supposed to follow each other. However, I read straight through and managed to still follow the narrative. I found the writing occasionally funny, but not particularly relatable -- is this Gen Z? Late Millenialism?
I didn't know Choose Your Own Adventure books were still a thing. They must be, or at least they were when Dana Schwartz was a child, and she was born the year I graduated from high school. Which made me feel kind of old while reading her book, but also surprised that not much has changed in 20 years for young women in their 20s, except now it's facilitated by Tinder.
This book is a brilliant sendup of the genre, but more importantly, it is a candid and vulnerable memoir dealing with binge-eating ...more
The Choose Your Own Adventure approach to biography has been done before (see Harris, Neil Patrick), but I doubt it's ever been done with more brutal honesty than Dana Schwartz has brought out here. For a book that's bound to elicit a lot of debate about what actually happened in each of these scenarios, what ultimately comes across is a portrait of Schwartz's mindset and personality that is refreshingly brash and raw. I loved reading this, and if you liked Amy Schumer's THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER ...more
You might know Dana from @GuyInYourMFA or @DystopianYA, or even her personal twitter. And if you do, you know that she's funny, quick-witted, and cunning with her snark that cuts to the heart of tropes and trends and people that are less than savory. With Choose Your Own Disaster, however, she proves that side is only just skimming the surface.
Her sense of humor abounds throughout the novel as she does what she does best: rip apart literary elitists and draw comparisons between rom-coms and near ...more
I originally wasn't going to read this because I'm extremely jealous of Dana's cool life and thought it would just make me feel bad, but I like her twitter so much that I decided to pick it up and I'm so glad I did. This is such a spot on and relatable account of being in your early twenties - getting stuck in self-destructive spirals, sleeping with people you know you shouldn't, occasional amazing moments of happiness where you can't believe something's worked out. I struggled with the eating d ...more
Writing a memoir about your twenties while you are still in your twenties and getting it published by a major publisher is some Big Dick Energy. And writing it in 2nd person? Not even @guyinyourMFA would risk that. It’s surprising that it works as well as it does, since I’m not a fan of millennials or 2nd person POV.
Dana Schwartz is a star and everyone should read this book!! It can totally be that new book you tell people to read when they ask for recommendations on Facebook.