Review: A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average by Amy Elliot-Smith

a-guide-to-becoming-distinctly-averageTitle: A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average

Author: Amy Elliot-Smith

Pages: 147 Pages

Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd

The Blurb

WINNER: 2013 Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author

Life is a bitch. Depression is a bitch. Spending your life with depression, working with bitches is the worst of the worst.

A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average is a laugh-out-loud, dark comedy, which delves into the depths of a thirty-something dog groomer’s mind as she struggles to cope with life, depression and dogs who wee up her sofa.

Ultimately, the question she must ask is…

The Review

Upon writing this review I was faced with a dilemma. How do you write a review about a book without affecting the writer? Especially when the writer suffers from depression? The only way I can do this is by telling myself that the author isn’t going to read the review and if she does then I apologise in advance.

I really didn’t enjoy A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average by Amy Elliot Smith. I really wanted to but I personally felt that it was very disjointed and because of this I couldn’t find myself feeling any form of empathy. Certain stories tried to hard to be funny by being extremely self deprecating. I just really didn’t fall in love with A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average.

A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average by Amy Elliot-Smith is available now.

For more information regarding Amy Elliot-Smith please visit her on Twitter (@ItsAmyES)

For more information regarding Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (@crookedcatbooks) please visit www.crookedcatpublishing.com.

2-stars

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