The fact that it takes me a couple of weeks to read a book can mean a lot of things. I might be extra busy or tired or invested in binge-watching TV. I might like the book well enough, but not love it. I might have misplaced the book (It happens more often than one might think). Sometimes, as with It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), it takes longer than normal because I’m savoring it.
Part of the description on her book’s site says it all really:
I wrote this book for everyone who has been through some sh*t, or will be someday. Which is to say, I wrote it for you.
I hope you love it.
What that says is that yes, like in many memoirs, you will encounter some four-letter words. If that bothers you, skip it.
Those three sentences also do a wonderful job of conveying the overall tone of the book. The stuff she went through was bad. She lost her husband, her father, and her unborn child within two months of each other. But she’s not writing the book to say, “My husband had brain cancer, and now I’m a young single mom widow, so everyone should pity me.” No. She realizes that pain and grief is universal and something we all experience, and she hopes that by sharing her story, she will inspire some others.
Reading that snippet doesn’t tell that she’s funny, which she really is. And even though she doesn’t hold herself out as an expert, she’s quite motivational. Check out this video: