Book Review: I See You Made an Effort by Annabelle GurwitchI See You Made an Effort by Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch the humorist The Washington Post calls hilarious and O, The Oprah Magazine slyly subversive returns with a wickedly funny new book chronicling the vicissitudes of turning 50.

The panic began to set in when Annabelle Gurwitch turned 49. Suddenly, new and pernicious health problems began to plague her, solicitations from the AARP began flooding her mailbox, and a marriage proposal on Twitter was abruptly rescinded when the tweeter caught a glimpse of Gurwitch’s age.

A visit to her gynecologist ended not with one of his usual benign send-offs stay healthy, stay happy, stay hydrated, but instead with the slightly ominous: Stay funny.

In this new collection of essays, Gurwitch has taken her gynecologist’s advice to heart. Whether she’s lusting after the young man fixing her computer, navigating the extensive anti-aging offerings in the Barneys beauty department, or negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenage son, Gurwitch bravely turns an unflinching eye towards the myriad of issues women can expect to encounter in their later years. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Humor is very subjective and unfortunately, my sense of humor is different than the authors.

I was hoping for an amusing look at aging from a woman’s perspective, something along the lines of Nora Ephron maybe, but was sadly disappointed.

While I could sometimes relate to the issues covered, none of them really tickled my funnybone. I don’t expect to laugh out loud at books like this, but I do expect to chuckle knowingly, nod wisely, or grin to myself every now and again.

Unfortunately, I was not amused.

Not all of the stories are supposed to be amusing, which I found strange in a book marketed as “wickedly funny,” but these serious tales turned out to be my favorites.

The story of an old friend dying of cancer was incredibly touching.

As I said, humor is subjective. This one wasn’t for me, but others might enjoy it.


eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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