Author: Mamrie Hart // First published: May 2015 // Genre: Non-Fiction, Humour, Memoir
This edition: 274 pages, published in May 2015 by Plume // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in November 2015
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The riotously funny debut from the drinking star with a YouTube problem
Since launching her YouTube channel “You Deserve a Drink” in 2011, comedian Mamrie Hart has built an intensely devoted following of more than half a million viewers. Like her bawdy and bacchanalian show, Hart’s eponymous debut pays tribute to her boozy misadventures with an original cocktail recipe accompanying each hilarious tale. From the “Leaves of Three Martini,” commemorating the hookup to whom she accidentally gave poison ivy, to the “Bizzargarita,” in honor of the time she and a friend were approached by two uber-Republican couples who wanted to “swing” while on vacation in Mexico, You Deserve a Drink is as useful as it is entertaining.
I don’t know if you watch Mamrie Hart on YouTube, but you should. I love her and the relationship she has with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, and they make me laugh out loud every time.
Having already a little inkling of who Mamrie Hart is and the sort of stories she sometimes tell, I was very excited when I heard about this book (approximately 25 years after everyone else on the face of the internet). I don’t drink, I’m not much of a party goer and I am a very socially awkward person… But sometimes you have to live by proxy to know what the hell is happening in the real world.
So this was basically it for me: a window into the “normal” life of a normal human being having fun. Well… Okay, not really. There is nothing normal about Mamrie Hart, her life, and the situations she finds herself in. And it’s a good thing. Who has time for “normal”, imma right? Mamrie sort de ce corps! (I really just said that sentence in my head in full Mamrie Hart voice and facial expression)
YDAD is a mix between a memoir, a collection of anecdotes, a cookbook (but for cocktails), and a life advice book. You want to know more about Mamrie Hart? Check. You want to learn how to make a super fun and delish cocktail? Check. You want to know some tips about how to manage a panic attack? Check. You want puns? CHECK.
I really liked this book and the fact that Mamrie’s voice really comes through in written form (why the hell is there not an Audible audiobook of this yet, though?). I loved some of the stories and laughed my ass off at some others. And a couple were neither here nor there for me.
This book really sticks to Mamrie Hart’s brand, and it’s basically the book you expect to get when you buy it because you’re already a fan of her YouTube channel. If you’re looking for a good time, then this is probably for you. If you don’t know who Mamrie Hart is, you’re gonna be hella confused by it all. 3.5/5