AN IDIOT GIRL’S CHRISTMAS: TRUE TALES FROM THE TOP OF THE NAUGHTY LIST by Laurie Notaro [Review]

An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List

While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be stressful, incredibly busy, and sometimes not so much fun. In an effort make the Holiday season more enjoyable, Laurie Notaro compiled a book of 10 true stories of her life. Notaro is amazing, and AN IDIOT GIRL’S CHRISTMAS: TRUE TALES FROM THE TOP OF THE NAUGHY LIST does not disappoint! There has never been an author that I’ve read that can make me laugh out loud throughout an entire book, but somehow Notaro succeeds in doing just that.

Her books are all made up of short stories from her life experiences, and let me say this; I want to be friends with this woman! Awkward and so true to life, her stories have me nodding as I read them and feeling connected to her because I’ve DONE the things that she’s done – and generally with the same results.

An Idiot Girl’s Christmas is a collection of Notaro’s family (and friend) Christmas stories. I absolutely loved the entire book. Coming from an Italian family myself, the little nuances that make up Notaro’s family are hilarious to me – they exist in my family as well.

With stories like “Deck the Mall” where Notaro recounts her adventures of taking her wonderful and sassy grandmother Christmas shopping at the mall (one particularly hilarious line has Nana telling an Aveda sales girl that she is “Out of her mind”) to “Where do Good Trees Go When They Die” (I’ll let you read that one on your own), this book is one of Notaro’s best.

There were a few stories that were recycled from her previous works, but that’s to be expected when you’re attempting a “theme” collection (and I’ll forgive it because the stories are all fantastic enough to be repeated).

Notaro’s writing is second to none. She can weave a world through writing that makes you feel like you’re there, experiencing the situations with her; and every last one of them will make your sides hurt from laughing.

While the stories are funny, there is a genuine quality that I love about them. You can really tell that Notaro means everything that she says, and while there might be a hint of exaggeration (not saying there is!) for dramatic flair, it never feels over the top. An Idiot Girl’s Christmas is genuine and heartwarming, and is guaranteed to make you smile.

If you’re looking for something for that hard to shop woman on your list – An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List is the perfect answer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Release Date: 2005 | Publisher: Villard Books | Pages: 160 | Buy on Amazon

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