Seth Rogen's YEARBOOK--A Hysterical Memoir Told in Essays
by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)
Seth Rogen's Yearbook (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)
Oh, man. I cannot tell you how much I adored this book. It was entertaining and hilarious. Rogen has a gift for telling really hilarious stories. I listened to the audiobook, which Rogen reads, but also has a FULL cast of voice work. When he quotes a celebrity, THAT CELEBRITY ACTUALLY READS THE LINE. What?!?! So, if he quotes Snoop Dogg, Snoop Dogg reads that quote in the audiobook. Perfection! (And you know I will bang my drum for a celebrity memoir every single time!)
Rogen shares stories from his childhood, growing up in a Jewish community and attending Jewish summer camp (which provides some wild stories!) and then switching from a Jewish private school to a public high school...hijinks ensue.
“In ’97, we were fifteen and our counselors were seventeen, which, again, is like entrusting a kitten to a ferret.”
I loved the way Rogen shared stories about his family. In particular, his stories about his grandparents (Bubby and Zaidy) are hysterical. He credits them as being his creative muses at the beginning of his comedy career--they provided a plethora of material.
“When I was younger, Bubby and Zaidy just didn't seem that into me. I got the impression they liked my older sister, Danya, more than me, mostly because their words and actions made it wildly clear that they did.”
Rogen also shares stories about being a celebrity, his experiences with drugs and alcohol, and the time he was ensnared in a political scandal with North Korea, and to say those stories are entertaining is a gross understatement.
My two favorite essays from this collection involve Rogen finding himself in a recording studio with Snoop Dogg and the time he and his friend in Amsterdam after taking hallucinogenic mushrooms. I laughed out loud at both of these stories. If a book makes me laugh out loud--that book is for me. Rogen has a knack for writing stories, and the audiobook experience in this case is a must. It is just so good.
Just a note--if you are sensitive to spicy language or drug references, this might not be the book for you. However, if you love a hilarious personal essay with lots of celebrity sprinkled in, I think you will love this.
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