Review: You’ll Grow Out of It

You'll Grow Out of It
You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If you are listening to the audiobook, go ahead and skip disk 2. Really.

The book jacket blurb about being a tom-man (what tomboys are -not- supposed to grow up to be) was smart and funny and so relatable. I thought it was going to be a humorous look at a woman who doesn’t fit stereotypical ideas of femininity but is badass and totally okay about it. It’s not.

From the publisher’s website:
‘As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity.

In YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her “transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man . . .”

That essay and the one about women claiming to love baths because they are the one place where no one will bother them for anything: “This is why Virginia Woolf stressed the importance of having a room of one’s own. If you don’t fight for it, don’t insist on it and don’t sacrifice for it, you might end up in that increasingly tepid water, pruning and sweating while you dream of other things.”

The rest of the book, about underwear and waxing and having a bad time on expensive vacations and moaning about not having a boyfriend and feeling bad about her looks – Is this the 1970s? Klein is a clever professional woman with a great career and she has nothing more to talk about? Sad sad sad. This was not for me. I feel really bad about not liking this because, it turns out, we went to the same high school. I would like her so much if she just liked herself a little!

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