Title: I Was Told There’d Be Cake
Author: Sloane Crosley
Genre: Humor, Essays, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: April 1st, 2008
Source: Gifted from Ashley at Happy. Pretty. Sweet.
From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions — or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character who aims for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There’d Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.
This book amused me. With the exception of one rambly essay that lost its own point long before the end, each essay has a high dose of humor, mainly self-deprecating and earnest. One was stuffed so full of puns it went from funny to annoying. But there were both the standard “my family is so wacky” ones and the “here’s something real and poignant and wise, wrapped in a brocade of funny”.
Overall, it’s a quick read that I think most people in their 30s can relate to (I’m guessing especially if you live in NYC). Sloane Crosley comes across as the kind of gal you’d be friends with, out of mutual understand that friendship at this age means an email once a year, if nothing else.
Actually, her observations about life at this age (while not overtly about life at this age) were painfully honest and very relatable. So although I wasn’t entertained enough to give it a full A rating, it’s a good book to gift your girlfriends.