I can’t tell you why exactly but for some reason I’ve been in a sort of dark and depressing reading binge throughout 2020. And my anxiety is constantly sky high because of it. So I decided that I wanted to read something more light-hearted. *Enter I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are*
Now there were four main reasons why I requested this on NetGalley:
- It promised light-hearted content which is what I was after
- I knew that I had heard of Rachel Bloom – even if I couldn’t place how or why at the time
- It’s blurbed by Mindy Kaling which is a great way to sell me anything
- My experience of reading the memoirs of popular women in comedy has been overwhelmingly positive
Before I started reading the book, I did do a quick Google to figure out why I knew of Rachel Bloom but couldn’t place her. And it was quite simple really. You see, Rachel Bloom plays my 2 year old son’s favourite character in Trolls: World Tour. And we watch Trolls: World Tour a lot. Like, several times a week. He’s a big fan. And while I can’t claim to have seen Bloom’s other works, I’m a fan of anyone and anything that can keep my son quiet for an hour and a half. (Don’t judge me.)
Anyway… I think it’s time we got onto my review of I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom. So here we go…
Many thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
by Rachel Bloom
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of Publication: 17th November 2020
Genre: Non-Fiction – Celebrity Memoir
CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNINGS:
bleeding in pregnancy
If I had to summarise my thoughts on this book in three words, I’d choose funny, authentic and relatable. That last one in particular. I loved how incredibly relatable Rachel is. The way she writes about her anxiety just resonated with me. It even got to the point where I was forcing my husband to read certain passages because my own anxieties tend to manifest themselves in very similar ways. One particular example that stood out to me was Rachel’s sleeping pill and how she was apprehensive about taking it in case she became addicted. And honestly, that is something I go through regularly. (In fact, I recently learnt that my pain meds aren’t prescribed in the US because of the risk of death in even healthy people without underlying conditions. And I now freak out about that a lot.)
I found it really refreshing to see Rachel tackle topics that are a little bit more out there, like way outside of my comfort zone. But these topics were dealt with in such a light-hearted and matter of fact way that I couldn’t dislike it. If anything, I felt like it reflected how authentic this book is. Rachel doesn’t shy away from being herself to appease other people and I loved that.
That said, I did feel more connected to the afterword where Rachel spoke about becoming a mother in the midst of the COVID crisis. It was so incredibly moving and vulnerable that my eyes welled up with tears. So I think that this could have been a five star read if that same vulnerability had filtered through in the rest of the book but ultimately I did really enjoy it.
- Funny and light-hearted
- Not all written in a traditional prose style
Read this if you…
- Are a fan of Rachel Bloom
- Enjoy reading the memoirs of women in comedy
Will you be picking up a copy of I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom? Let me know in the comments below!