I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better – by Monica Heisey



Paperback: 234 pages

Publisher: Red Deer Press (April 27, 2015)

ISBN-13: 9780889955356

Synopsis: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better is a collection of stories, essays, advice, and drawings from writer and comedian Monica Heisey. Created to help you live your Best Life, this book offers tips on everything from workplace politics to sexting, from how to make your apartment look like you read design blogs to where to cry in public. Important guides like “How To Watch Literally Hours of TV At A Time” will help you sort your life out for good, while thought—provoking personal essays such as “Pizzas I Have Loved” and helpful exercises like “Are You Being Flirted With, A Quiz” provide some gravitas and perspective to help you navigate this modern world. Plus there is a very weird short story about bees.

Funny, smart and charming, this book is the perfect accompaniment to your next life crisis, or at least an easy and appropriate gift for the niece you don’t know very well but want to impress.

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If you are looking for a genuinely funny, laugh-out-loud book, then you just found it! Heisey’s voice is refreshing and her stories highly relatable for most, if not all, women. Every chapter is formatted differently with: essays, quizzes, stories, advice and even the odd little drawing. This really helps to keep the reader entertained and engaged. This is not to say that every reader will relate to every story, but you should be able to relate to at least one of the stories – but most likely more.

Heisey uses her own experiences as a base for all of her stories. Readers familiar with her previously published work will instantly recognize Heisey’s wit and charm within the bright pink pages of the book. She voices all the things you have been thinking but never had the courage to say – all in a way that will leave you giggling to yourself.

The target audience for this book would be women in their early twenties to mid-thirties and this book does an amazing job at appealing to that age range. However, readers that fall outside of the target age range will probably have a hard time relating to this book. Definitely fans of Chelsea Handler and Ellen DeGeneres’s novels will thoroughly enjoy this book!

The best time to read this book – probably at the beach with your girlfriends. Or if you had a rough day at work, this book is sure to bring a smile to your face. It’s a light read and also a fast one, leading to the only complaint being that the book was too short. It leaves the reader wanting more and missing Heisey’s voice!

My favourite chapter: “Diary of a Bra”. Go get yourself a copy. Get your friends a copy. Get everyone a copy! And maybe a burrito also… (A joke you will have to read the book to understand!)

Rating: 8.5/10

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