I hope that many of you picked up this book by Abbi Jacobson for our December Book Club so that hopefully we can have a discussion in the comments. If you haven’t yet read the book, there is a link to where you can buy it from Amazon located within the sidebar for the rest of the month. I encourage you to pick it up and give it a read.
I thought that I knew exactly what I could expect from this book since I am such an avid fan of Broad City, but after reading, occurred to me that Broad City is really a duo and this book was coming from a completely “Abbi” point of view.
At first, I was having trouble getting into it because she tends to go off on frequent tangents that don’t always seem to make sense, but after I got a little deeper into the book, I came to realize that she actually writes in a very similar way to how I might write in my journal. Kind of a constant thought diarrhea of the mind that comes out all at once and you sort it out later.
Once I made this connection, I kind of liked how the book was formatted and started to appreciate all of the different directions I was taken along her thought process.
Basically, the story is about Abbi’s first time being deeply in love, which just so happened to be with another woman, the dissolution of that relationship, and the ensuing road trip, during which she was hopefully going to leave her pain behind and find herself along the way.
She takes us with her to out-of-the-way locales, from east to west, on her way from New York to Los Angeles. From Whole Foods in Nashville to an aura reading shop in Sedona. She includes super cute illustrations of memorable sights and keepsakes from along her journey and has many lists for every sort of eventuality, from road tripping to “adulting”.
I love Abbi’s unabashed honesty throughout this book. Time and time again, she would mention some sort of personal insecurity or sense of unfairness when it comes to matters of equality in the world and I would feel like I could relate to her experience, in my own, less famous kind of way.
I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book quite like this one, who’s author is so close to me in age, written in such a loose and casual tone. I really thoroughly enjoyed it and will seek out similar materials in the future.
My only qualm about this book is that we aren’t taken to the moment when she runs into her ex-lover in LA. The story sort of builds to that moment happening and I was anxious to see how it would unfold, but alas, it is a moment that never comes to be.
I would love to hear your thoughts on “I Might Regret This” by Abbi Jacobson and I would really like to get your suggestions for next month’s Book Club pick!!