Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse

This funny memoir is more forgettable than hilarious. | A book review by Newbery and Beyond

Alida Nugent graduated college with a degree in one hand and a drink in the other, eager to trade in parties and all-nighters for “the real world.” But post-grad wasn’t the glam life she imagined. Soon buried under a pile of bills, laundry, and three-dollar bottles of wine, it quickly became clear that she had no idea what she was doing. But hey, what twentysomething does?

In Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse, Nugent shares what it takes to make the awkward leap from undergrad to “mature and responsible adult that definitely never eats peanut butter straight from the jar and considers it a meal.” From trying to find an apartment on the black hole otherwise known as Craigslist to the creative maneuvering needed to pay off student loans and still enjoy happy hour, Nugent documents the formative moments of being a twentysomething with a little bit of snark and a lot of heart. (Summary via

I’ve been on a funny memoir kick for a while now, and this is one of my more recent picks.  Alida is a writer who is exploring “real adult” life in her twenties.  It’s pretty funny, especially if you’ve been through some of the same struggles (finding a cheap yet safe apartment is a memorable experience that most 20-somethings, including me, can relate to!).

Unfortunately, a few months after I read it, I had forgotten just about everything about the book.  Sure, I remember feeling vaguely amused, but I don’t remember specific stories or jokes.  I remember the author giving advice, which sometimes was helpful but other times came across as too obvious or cliche.  Take a look if you’re into the genre, but if not, I’ve got several more memorable books in the postscript for you to check out.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

P.S. Looking for another funny memoir?  Check out Bossypants, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and Never Have I Ever.

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