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Is it Just Me? - Miranda Hart
Member Name: novagirl291
Is it Just Me? - Miranda Hart
Date: 01/03/13, updated on 13/10/13 (84 review reads)
Advantages: Side-splittingly funny *** An insight into her life *** Easy to read
Disadvantages: Housework doesn't get done *** Laughing out loud causes much confusion to people around.
I am a huge fan of Miranda in her series on BBC so when this book was published, it went straight on my wishlist. I was bought it for a 'treat' present and, boy, was I in for a treat! I have the hardback edition which can be bought for as little as £9 or a paperback version for around the £5 mark. (I also notice it is available on audio-download. This possibly would get away from my awful impression of her voice which I hear in my head when I read or is it just me that does that?)
Anyway, on with the review!
The whole book is written in the similar way to the television series in that Miranda directly talks to you. She also introduces her 18 year old self and has conversations with her as she pops in and out of the chapters. I love that using this younger character,you start to find out some of her secrets, dreams and desires. I am slightly younger that Miranda but some of the things that the 18 year old talks about really strikes a chord with me. For example, the delights of a having a double cassette player so you could record your own tapes and also it having a CD player even though you owned no CDs.
The chapters are clearly marked out into different topics such as Weddings, Christmas, Exercise and Diets. I strongly advice you to either read this around friends and family that know that you edge on the side of "slightly nutty" as strangers or work colleagues may think you have seriously lost the plot when you start laughing out loud. Also, throughout the book, she will get you to complete tasks which I feel adds excitement to the book. I mean, come on, who doesn't feel the urge to do a forward roll when someone really encourages to revert to your childhood again? Or pehaps being really tempted to gallop into work rather than the supposedly adult way of just walking in?
If you want to laugh hysterically whilst reading, then this definitely is the book to read. I love finding out part of the life that a celebrity has had and seeing whether that has had an influence on what they have become. Her, sometimes in-depth, conversations with her younger self showed that she dreamed of different things for herself like becoming a farmer's wife, a model or lacrosse coach. It leads you on a funny journey through her life and, without giving the ending away, it is very motivational I thought.
I will certainly read this book again purely for its sheer comic genius and that it is so easy to read and understand. Hart has created her own manual (or "Miran-ual") for the way she has dealt with things that have cropped up in her life and gladly passed the over to us. I won't give away too much but her chapter on weddings is absolutely hilarious and I will never look at a marquee again without recalling her musings. FLAPS!!!! ...and I continue with my conclusion
Overall, this is a must read for anyone that loves Miranda or is in a need of a laugh. I would mark it as indispensable as everyone in this life surely needs a bit of light-hearted humour and a Miran-ual to learn from or is it just me?
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Summary: A fantastic Miran-ual that everyone should read
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