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I Was Told There'd Be Cake

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

laughed out loud

This book was a refreshing escape after a long day of work. The author is witty and delightfully self-deprecating in her storytelling about otherwise normal day-to-day life in New York. I was sad to finish it! Her writing is similar to Dave Sedaris. Looking forward to r...
This book was a refreshing escape after a long day of work. The author is witty and delightfully self-deprecating in her storytelling about otherwise normal day-to-day life in New York. I was sad to finish it! Her writing is similar to Dave Sedaris. Looking forward to reading her other works.

posted by Charlie9 on April 26, 2010

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I was told this would be funny

I put off buying this book because every time I opened it in a book store, the random paragraphs that I read were so boring that I would put it back on the shelf. But yesterday the book shop had a used copy for half price and I already had my credit card out. After read...
I put off buying this book because every time I opened it in a book store, the random paragraphs that I read were so boring that I would put it back on the shelf. But yesterday the book shop had a used copy for half price and I already had my credit card out. After reading it I am sure of one thing -- I want my money back! As they say, "That's history. Get over it." But how can I describe Sloane's (don't call her Sloan) mundane stories and their New York-nothingness? Whiny. Braggy. Selfish. Without a moment of funny. By the way, if you really want to read it, I have a used copy for sale. Real cheap.

posted by JayKSeahawks on September 21, 2009

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    Eh.

    I saw that this book had mixed reviews, but based on what looked like a fun first chapter I gave it a shot anyway. Now I wish I had read a bit further.

    The writing style reminds me of some of the wittier columns written by journalism students at my college newspaper. A third of the way into it I'm wondering who this author knew in the publishing world and how she leveraged that into a boook deal.

    I'm not usually so neagative, but if I can stop one person from wasting their $12.99...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2009

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    Sort of Boring

    I was looking forward to this book being a lot like the Chelsea Handler series, but it lacked the substance and hilarity. It was funny in some parts, mainly in the last couple of chapters where she is the bridesmaid, otherwise pretty bland.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    Finish a thought already!!

    I so wanted to like this book. I am an obsessive fan of David Sedaris and when I read in one of the critics¿ comments that she is comparable to his writing style I thought for sure I had a winner. Furthermore, one of my dearest friends told me that when she read this book, it was my voice she had pictured in her head. Perfect! Let the laughing begin. <BR/>Wrong. <BR/>With the exception of a few snigger-worthy moments, this book is just a compilation of endless brain tangents. She¿ll start the telling of one story and just as you think it¿s going to amount to something, she completely digresses into some random musing. What you end up with is a series of diluted, and truthfully, very boring self deprecating yarns. <BR/>Very disappointing. <BR/>Rating: 2 out of 5 stars<BR/>Suggested With: A Long Island Ice Tea (it¿s in line with the constant references to New York and it¿ll help you find humor in the mundane)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Mediocre.

    This book is a collection of short stories the author tells about her life. They are mildly interesting and occasionally humorous. The reason for my low rating is two-fold. Firstly, the tone of this book is decidedly whiny. The book details some coming of age stories that are interesting, but not particularly horrendous (being a maid of honor, moving into her first apartment, first job, first volunteer experience, etc.). And yet she tends to write as if she is an unwitting or unwilling victim. Secondly, while sometimes life is daunting or perplexing, this book offers little insight into these experiences. Most chapters end with nothing more profound than the event itself was. You can make some interesting observations about my generation through this book (the material ease in which we live; a sense of a meaninglessness in our lives), but it left me wondering "what is the point of this story?". Each chapter left me feeling like insights were missed or not fully developed. I do think, though, that she could be more interesting and fun to read in the future, as she develops.

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