Title: A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average
Author: Amy Elliot-Smith
Pages: 147 Pages
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd
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…
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.
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