Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

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From her beginnings as a wunderkind producer of pirated stage productions for six-year-olds, through her spirited adventures watching self-satisfying monkeys, throwing up on Chinese food deliverymen, and stalking Leo DiCaprio, here are the goofy highs and horrifying lows of life as Kelly Oxford.

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Overview

From her beginnings as a wunderkind producer of pirated stage productions for six-year-olds, through her spirited adventures watching self-satisfying monkeys, throwing up on Chinese food deliverymen, and stalking Leo DiCaprio, here are the goofy highs and horrifying lows of life as Kelly Oxford.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In these disjointed autobiographical essays, L.A.-based writer, Twitter celebrity, and mom Oxford per-forms a flatfooted exercise in pointlessness. Framed by silly dialog with her three children ("Did you write this book to make dough?" eight-year-old Hen asks), Oxford's erratic chapters relay cherished memories from a not-so-long-ago youth: her early attempts to stage a production of Star Wars at her French Canadian immersion school, a first job washing dishes at the popular Schitzelhaus, pot-smoking teenage shenanigans with her best friend Aimee (such as traveling to Las Vegas to meet the about-to-be-a-big-star Leonardo DiCaprio), finding her future husband while working at a diner, and freaking out after becoming a mother in her early twenties without a "backup" secondary degree. Though pithy moments can be found, these stories often succumb to aimlessness. A trip to Las Vegas to meet magician David Copperfield, who provides a gracious reception after becoming a fan of Ox-ford's on Twitter, and a trip to Disneyland with her family prove feeble fodder for hilarity. The humor is wackily contrived, nearly slapstick, possessing little irony, tension, or subtlety. Instead, exclamation points lead the way like a banal laugh track and scatological references seem like a desperate plot for reaction. (Apr.)
Jason Segel
“Kelly Oxford is one of the funniest writers I have read in a long time.”
Time magazine
“With biting wit and always-appreciated humorous self-deprecation, Oxford’s tweets have garnered a huge following .”
Jonathan Ames
“I’m fascinated by Kelly Oxford. She’s a 21st century public diarist, her story told in shards, brief moments of wit and observation.”
Kirkus Reviews
Autobiographical vignettes from Twitter comedian Oxford. These stories fall into roughly three stages of the author's life: obnoxiously precocious childhood, confused young adulthood and parenthood. When Oxford tells us about her childhood and teen years, she doesn't hold back, giving us mortifying stories about wetting herself in a gas station and puking in her friend's father's car before a party. She also comes across as somewhat bratty and entitled. Her young adulthood was appropriately wacky. She flew from Canada to Los Angeles on a whim in a desperate attempt to meet Leonardo DiCaprio and bought, then sold, a dilapidated camper van. When describing her adulthood and parenthood, she grows into her precociousness. "An Open Letter to the Nurse Who Gave Me an Enema Bottle" is entertaining, and the last sentence is genuinely funny and unexpected. "How I Met Your Father" is sweetly raunchy, the kind of story that will horrify her children but delight her grandchildren. As amusing as some of these stories are, Oxford is a mostly unremarkable writer with a remarkable claim to fame: her successful use of Twitter to gain an audience for her humor and writing. Yet this, the most interesting fact about her, receives very little attention in the book. She does share her experience meeting David Copperfield as a result of a Twitter exchange, but the story readers will most likely want to hear--how she got started with Twitter and how her tweets got the attention of significant public figures like Copperfield and Roger Ebert--is absent from the narrative. Alternately grating and amusing, Oxford skips the most interesting part of her life: her canny use of Twitter.
Justin Halpern
“Kelly Oxford has this unbelievable ability to tell stories in that way that makes you laugh without ever shoving jokes in your face. This book is basically an announcement that she’s one of the best humor writers working today.”
Lena Dunham
“Kelly Oxford is like your cool babysitter who teaches you about sex and sarcasm in an un-creepy way. Hanging out with her book makes you wish your parents were always out to dinner.”
Cameron Crowe
“Kelly Oxford is the friend we all deserve-the one who tells us the best secrets, takes us on all the finest adventures, and remembers every hilariously embarrassing detail. Everything Is Perfect is sharply funny, and truly great.”
Diablo Cody
“Kelly Oxford is a refreshing rarity in a sea of Hollywood suck-ups. She’s hilarious, hot, and the most truthful liar I’ve ever encountered.”
The Frisky
Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar is personal without being exploitative, smart but utterly unpretentious, and a complete delight to read. I’m not lying when I say this book is damn near perfect.”
Los Angeles Times
“Oxford’s writing is marked by the same wry voice that’s made her a social media sensation.”
Forbes
“[Oxford’s] new book is full of humorous stories about growing up, making mistakes, stalking Leonardo DiCaprio, and braving Disneyland. . . It’s funny but also surprisingly touching. . . a coming-of-age story. . . just a hell of a lot funnier.”
New York Daily News
“Kelly Oxford is the new cool kid in Hollywood. . . [In] Everything is Perfect When You’re A Liar Oxford displays the comic relief that’s been drawing celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel and Jessica Alba to her Twitter feed since 2009.”
Daily Candy
“[Oxford] is one freakin’ funny lady. . . Hilarious.”
Lifestyle Mirror
“Kelly Oxford in 140 characters seems like small doses of a great drug. We want more! Thanks to her new book, we’ve got it.”
Interview
“A hilariously mortifying memoir. . . Oxford plumbs her past for painful moments and turns them into slyly funny stories. . . These vignettes are vulnerable and powerful—they make us feel less freakish by comparison. Effortlessly cool, offbeat, devilish, dramatic Oxford makes sense and smart humor from her adventures.”
E! Online
“[Oxford’s] first book of humorous essays and we can officially confirm: They are indeed humorous.”
HelloGiggles.com
“The anecdotes included in the book will make you love [Oxford] even more than you probably already do, if that’s even possible. Kelly is truly hilarious. . . I couldn’t put this book down – you won’t be able to, either.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062102225
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 317
  • Sales rank: 707,477
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Oxford, dubbed "the Queen of Twitter" by Details, started writing at five years old when she penciled "I had a baby" into her Hello Kitty diary, and she hasn't stopped since. She now writes words that companies like Warner Bros., CBS, and NBC have bought for film and television and magazines like GQ have published. You can read more of her words online in places like Twitter (@kellyoxford) and Tumblr (kellyoxford.tumblr.com). Born in Edmonton, Canada, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who all wish they weren't in this book.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    Hilarious. Unlike any book you've ever read. Almost choked to de

    Hilarious. Unlike any book you've ever read. Almost choked to death on my gum because I laughed so hard. Don't chew gum while reading this book.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Horrible

    I am very disappointed at the pointless foul language in this book. The title sounds like a fun book to read, when in reality it is nothing but trash talk. I would like to know how to get my money back!

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Ugh

    Read the sample only. Intro was hilarious then I got bored.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Kelly Oxford is hot and every word she says is wonderful. I hig

    Kelly Oxford is hot and every word she says is wonderful. I highly recommend this book!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    A really good book! Loved the self-deprecating humor. As funny a

    A really good book! Loved the self-deprecating humor. As funny as it is, there are also a fair share of tender moments, even sad ones. Overall an excellent book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

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    One of those not-so-funny-books written by a very funny person

    Not so long ago, I posted a discussionary post about success prompted by an article about renown comedy writer, Kelly Oxford. I'm a big fan of hers so when I found out she wrote a book, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Oxford has gained legions of fans due to her incredible wit and irreverent observations as showcased on both her blog and Twitter. Personally, I think she's hilarious so I figured her book would reflect that humour quite succinctly.

    Unfortunately, some of that humour doesn't translate to the page as well as I hoped it would. That's not to say this book isn't funny, because it is, but I found some of the stories to be totally unrelatable, hence---not very funny. The book is broken into individual essays, each one recounting an important moment/event in Oxford's life. Where these little vignettes are exaggerated, they are also disjointed so it makes it a bit hard to follow. You're better off looking at them as separate entities rather than a book.

    Now some criticize this book for being too crass and narcissistic, but if you follow her on Twitter, you ought to know better! Humble, she is not. Look, it's not easy writing about yourself so I do have to give her credit for being so bold. I will, however, admit that she's made some poor life choices (as chronicled here), ones that I cannot abide. And there were definitely moments where she comes off as an overly privileged, pretty girl. And these are the parts I didn't like. It isn't until she has a serious brush with reality that her tone changes and the book finally becomes endearing. There's depth and humour in it, the kind of humour that I was waiting to see.

    Everything Is Perfect When You're A Liar isn't the funniest book I've ever read, but there is a note of sincerity towards the end that makes it a decent read. I was hoping for more here but this isn't the first time a funny person wrote a book that left me feeling a little disappointed. Perhaps these types of books aren't for me? Or maybe, just maybe, these funny people should stick to their usual mediums of comedy.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Very good raeding This book is in my 5 MUST HAVE

    This book is in my top 5

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Boring!

    Wow. Thank goodness i only read the sample. This book starts off with kids trying to be funny, and the wanna be "cool mom". It just seems very fake. Then, it gets super boring. I don't care about neighbor kids etc. MY life as a child was more interesting! Maybe I should write a book....

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    To below

    How long did it take you to finish?

    2 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Horrible, not enjoyable

    Series of disconnected things, no fluid content or thought. I expected humor but didn't get it to the bitter end but it was not worth it. Wish I could get a refund.... also not a fan of g.d. Don't curse with God's name. It's not necessary. Story made me feel sorry for her family and fans.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    I don't know if it was my infatuation with KO's story to stardom

    I don't know if it was my infatuation with KO's story to stardom that led me to begin following her anywhere I could find her on the net. When her book came out I read it 2x. The. First. Week. I laughed until I cried. My 2 year old was probably neglected during my first run through the book. It is absolutely uproarious! Don't read any more reviews. Trust mine. And  not even getting paid to write this. Camile Araujo

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Great

    Great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

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    1 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Hey all three of you

    You ae the only one who read the book but if it makes yous happy ill read the book too :-)

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Obnoxious humblebragger.

    Obnoxious humblebragger.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Must Read

    I both love and fear Kelly Oxford. She is the teen I wished I had the courage to be and the mother of all mothers with her honest wit and touching sentiment. Hysterically funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Laughed out loud!

    Clever writing. I absolutely love a book so full of realness that it makes me laugh out loud in the most inappropriate places!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    If Ramona Quimby grew up and wrote a book, this would be it.  

    If Ramona Quimby grew up and wrote a book, this would be it.  

    It was funny all the way through, but the chapter titled (something like) "I peed my pants and puked on a Chinese man" was the funniest thing I have EVER read.  I literally woke both my husband AND my four-year-old son because I could NOT stop laughing hysterically.  I was crying and got a belly ache laughing at that chapter!  

    It is not literature.  If you get uptight about language or prudish in any way, this may not be for you (get a life, by the way).  It is a look at the silly situations we sometimes put ourselves in... I could identify with most of them on some level.   I don't care if it is fact or fiction - it is funny and entertaining.  Perfect for the beach or a sleepless night.  ENJOY!  :) 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Witty

    Want to read her blog

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    A disappointment

    I liked Kelly on Twitter and thought the book would be a laugh riot. Instead, there was one funny story in the book and many stories that weren't mildly humorous. Don't waste your money. Her best stuff is on Twitter in short bursts.

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