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Choose Your Own Disaster

A hilarious, quirky, and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions while hoping (and sometimes failing) to find herself, in the style of Never Have I Ever and Adulting. Join Dana Schwartz on a journey revisiting all of the terrible decisions she made in her early twenties through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz. Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty fucking difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it seems like you could be. Dana has no idea who she is, but at least she knows she's a Carrie, a Ravenclaw, a Raphael, a Belle, a former emo kid, a Twitter addict, and a millennial just trying her best....

Title : Choose Your Own Disaster
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ISBN : 9781478970392
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Status : Available For Download
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Choose Your Own Disaster Reviews

  • Kari

    I didn't know Choose Your Own Adventure books were still a thing. They must be, or at least they were when Dana Schwartz was a child, and she was born the year I graduated from high school. Which made me feel kind of old while reading her book, but also surprised that not much has changed in 20 years for young women in their 20s, except now it's facilitated by Tinder.

    This book is a brilliant sendup of the genre, but more importantly, it is a candid and vulnerable memoir dealing with binge-eating
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  • Erin

    I am reviewing this book for Library Journal.

  • Joe Cool

    The author is asking people on twitter to give this book 5 stars even though it's not out till next month. That's the definition of lame. Giving this one star and will readjust once I've actually read the book. EDIT: I have now read the book and adjusted my rating.

    This book was tricky for me because I really do think Dana is a good writer. The pacing and voice of this book was so easy to digest and really likable. There were multiple times when I picked up the book with the intention of reading
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  • Sara

    I got this book as an ARC, so I'm guessing in the final copy it actually has page numbers instead of "turn to page 000" since it seems that some of the chapters are supposed to follow each other. However, I read straight through and managed to still follow the narrative. I found the writing occasionally funny, but not particularly relatable -- is this Gen Z? Late Millenialism?

  • Brandon Forsyth

    The Choose Your Own Adventure approach to biography has been done before (see Harris, Neil Patrick), but I doubt it's ever been done with more brutal honesty than Dana Schwartz has brought out here. For a book that's bound to elicit a lot of debate about what actually happened in each of these scenarios, what ultimately comes across is a portrait of Schwartz's mindset and personality that is refreshingly brash and raw. I loved reading this, and if you liked Amy Schumer's THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER ...more

  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    FULL REVIEW TO COME

  • Taylor

    A hilarious, thoughtful, and brutally honest memoir of a woman in her early 20s. I've been following Dana's writing and tweets for a few years now, and I always appreciate how vulnerable she's willing to be, whether it be about relationships, eating disorders, or starting a career. Dana examines her own mistakes and insecurities with as much scrutiny as she places on the other people mentioned in her book, so while this is obviously one person's account, her criticisms rarely felt unfair to me.

  • Nat



    Personality Tests & Modern Feminism

    It's known by now that I'm a fan of memoirs, given that I'm easily swept up in the juicy secrets of someone’s thoughts and secrets without having to reciprocate; it's bliss for my nosy self.

    With this new release part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, Choose Your Own Disaster is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of “you can be anything you want!” is actually pretty fucking difficult when there ar



    But my reading experience encountered some minor hindrances when it came to the series of men in this book...

    Firstly, I couldn't help but hear the uncanny resemblance Dana Schwartz's writing voice bore to Esther's from the TV series Alone Together (probably because they're both New York millennial Jewish girls). In particular, those moments when Dana's hanging on to a guy who's giving her the clear 'He’s just not that into you' signals (which she herself notes more than once).



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    I appreciated when Dana focused more on chronicling her personal life, instead of wasting time on the men in her life that ditched her or vice versa, like a broken record. (I have to admit, though, that I felt delicious victory at putting together the identity of a certain established writer she was keen on that ended up ghosting her...) It threw me off with the overtly sexual details that I truly don’t care enough to spend pages on pages. I mean, there's this lawyer dude that I skipped reading (because he came off as the biggest creep), but he was still written about for over twenty pages…

    If nothing else, the aforementioned made for a comical line in her acknowledgments:

    To all of the men I’ve slept with, thank you for giving me what I needed in that moment, for making me feel special or wanted or loved. And if you hurt me, thank you for helping me to learn while I was young. Hope you bought this book full price just to see if I wrote about you.

    Oh, what last lines...

    On another note: I couldn't shake off my annoyance when it came to the constant excuses for her bad calls by comparing herself to problematic fictional women. It just brings home the point that fiction shapes your viewpoint, in particular, when she tries to brush off flirting and sleeping with a married man by using these women from TV shows that cheated (Carrie Bradshaw, Rory Gilmore, Olivia Pope). Everything about this screams midlife-crisis-with-precocious-college-kid.



    If I'd gotten a more individual take on Dana Schwartz as a person - not Dana Schwartz in a relationship - I would've grown to appreciate this memorable take on memoirs that more.

    ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Expected publication: June 19th, 2018



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