So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta
Published by St. Martin’s Press on June 26, 2016
Genres: memoir, humor
Rating: 4 stars
Recommend to fans of: Parks and Rec, treat yo self, funny down to earth books
Read with food: KFC chicken, biscuits, and an alcoholic beverage of your choice (as always, be safe and not if you’re under 21)
In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she’s always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese).
Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents for a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hollywood to star in her own sitcom―like her comedy heroes Lucille Ball and Roseanne.
Say what? Word. Turns out Retta might actually be on to something. After winning Comedy Central’s stand-up competition, she should be ready for prime time―but a fear of success derails her biggest dream.
Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling “dirty” jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, or expertly stalking the cast of “Hamilton,” Retta’s unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you’ll cry.
Her eponymous sitcom might not have happened yet, but by the end of So Close to Being the Sh*t, you’ll be rooting for Retta to be the next one-named wonder to take over your television. And she just might inspire you to reach for the stars, too.
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.
Retta is hilarious! Her book was entertaining, a quick read, and something that I didn’t want to put down. It’s honest and relatable, and put me in a good mood while reading. I definitely recommend picking it up if you’re in a grumpy mood. Definitely a pick me up!
I also enjoyed Retta’s explanations about the process of working as a comedian and actor. Very interesting!
The only downside is that she was rooting for the LA Kings and not the Chicago Blackhawks. As a Blackhawks fan, this made my heart hurt a little.
But overall, I definitely recommend this funny, lighthearted book.