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Summary

In the vein of Mindy Kaling, Ali Wong and Amy Poehler, a collection of hilarious personal essays, and poems on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety and much more from the charming and wickedly funny creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her 'different', she's come to realise that a lot of people also feel this way - even people who she otherwise thought were 'normal'. 

In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star, Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness and female friendships to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old. It's a hilarious, smart and infinitely relatable collection (except for the pooping thing).

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"It's nice to know someone as talented as Rachel is also pretty weird. If you're like me and love Rachel Bloom, this hilarious, personal book will make you love her even more." (Mindy Kaling) 

"Rachel is one of the funniest, bravest people of our generation and this book blew me away." (Amy Schumer) 

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Brilliantly delivered and both honest and funny

I've been a huge fan of Rachel Bloom since seeing her music videos many years ago. This book delivers the same style of humour, honesty and emotion as her previous work. The delivery of the book is also great, with several ad-libs for the audio version and a brilliantly realised musical section. You could really feel the emotion around her experiences and that made the book so much more engaging and affecting.

As someone with mental health issues I appreciate her willingness to talk about her own struggles both through her childhood and adult life. The feeling of not being normal has followed me through the years and hearing about it from people who've powered through and achieved so much is so encouraging.

It was also great to hear some of the behind-the-scenes details around Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - a show that has a special place in my heart (it's the best depiction of mental illness and BPD I've seen in any media).

A great listen by an amazing performer.

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Blooming Marvellous

if you love Bloom then you'll love this book. If you don't know about Rachel Bloom then go watch some of her work so you can come back here and love this book.

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If you like Crazy ExGirlfriend you'll love this

This was a great listen, with a musical surprise thrown in too. I had to ration myself with this as it was so funny I could have listened in one go. I would 100% recommend!

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Fabulous Debut Book from Rachel Bloom

I loved this audiobook so much. I found Rachel's story refreshingly honest but absolutely hilarious.

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Super funny!

Loved it! though the beginning was the best, but it had its highlights through out the whole story, and I really enjoyed it.

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Funny!

If you’re a fan of crazy ex girlfriend then you’ll like this book. Easy listening and funny throughout :)

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Witty, fun, and hilariously honest

This is a must-read for any fans of Rachel Bloom's work. She has an endearing way of letting us into her inner world, unfiltered childhood trauma and all.

Great read, thank you!
I think you make us all feel a bit more normal.

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shes AMAZING. so is this book

amazing. listend to it All in 2 days. only thing id say to the author is please do more

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hireliously smutty and on point

loved it. enjoyed the whole thing, even the appreciations at the end! would recommend to anyone wanting to listen to a different beat and style of book.

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Just a generally entertaining person to listen to

She's just funny and also it was interesting to get an insight into the industry she's in, from the perspective of a normal down to earth person. She highlights the misogyny and ridiculousness of the industry but makes in funny, not depressing. Anyone who like the show crazy ex girlfriend will like this

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  • Danielle
  • 15-12-20

Amazing!!!

I have waited so long for this book and I absolutely loved every bit of it. Thank you for sharing your story. I had so many emotions for this whole book. Rachel Bloom is an inspiration and I am so greatful for this book.

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  • Juliana Maziero Castro
  • 30-11-20

This book is a great audiobook

Memorable hearing her singing and telling her own story. Rachel is amazing. Its a true, engaging, funny yet dramatic narrative

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  • Julie
  • 24-11-20

Funny and meaningful

Hilarious and deep, pure Rachel Bloom. Do you miss Crazy Ex Girlfriend? Then this audio book will ease your feelings of loss. Do you like funny books about mental illness? Then this book will help you and the voices in your head laugh through the pain. Do you like good old fashioned comedy? Then this book may finally convince you that women are funny, you misogynistic jerk. The material is awesome and Bloom’s performance is note perfect. I related, I chortled, I empathised, I admired. Definitely give this book a listen.

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  • Anastasia Theodosi
  • 17-11-20

loved it

I was waiting to listen to this book and it was an unique experience. thank you.