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I won this book off of Goodreads First reads and I had such high expectations when I got this book I thought Hmmma girl fresh out of college goes overseas on a theater tour only to find herself.interesting Boy was I wrong.This book was a little bit of a struggle to get through I know right away when I like a book, I ll want to keep going Here, I had to struggle to not put down the book after the first chapter The way that Shukert uses humor to diffuse the story that she s tellin I won this book off of Goodreads First reads and I had such high expectations when I got this book I thought Hmmma girl fresh out of college goes overseas on a theater tour only to find herself.interesting Boy was I wrong.This book was a little bit of a struggle to get through I know right away when I like a book, I ll want to keep going Here, I had to struggle to not put down the book after the first chapter The way that Shukert uses humor to diffuse the story that she s telling in chapters comes across as forced and the antidotes spread throughout the chapters do nothing but provide unnecessary distractions I really wanted to LIKE this book But I couldn t.Maybe because it reminded me so much of the Chuck Klosterman style of writing that I loathed so much earlier this year that turned me off to this book Who knows I would have much preferred the story the way it s written without the cute doodles, stupid chapter related distractions or anything else for that matter I guess in the world where for one Anthony Bourdain, there s a million Chuck Klostermans that just don t seem up my alley Hilarious Here s a peek Amsterdam can be an impossible place to navigateThe only foolproof way to get anywhere is ask a native for directions, which they are usually happy to provide But this too poses a difficulty, because the names of Dutch streets are, to a native English speaker, completely impenetrablea street name can easily havethan twenty letters, which, I m sure you ll agree, is completely f cking ridiculousTherefore, the best solution is simply to pronounce the unpro Hilarious Here s a peek Amsterdam can be an impossible place to navigateThe only foolproof way to get anywhere is ask a native for directions, which they are usually happy to provide But this too poses a difficulty, because the names of Dutch streets are, to a native English speaker, completely impenetrablea street name can easily havethan twenty letters, which, I m sure you ll agree, is completely f cking ridiculousTherefore, the best solution is simply to pronounce the unpronounceable by substituting the unfamiliar words with familiar English look alikes The results are informative and often amusing Laurierdwarsstraat Laurie s a Dwarf Street Weteringplantsoen Watering Plants, Son Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal New Side for Burgers, Y all If you ve ever dreamed of traveling to Europe with no money or any real idea of how you are going to live, this is the book for you If you have a young daughter who wants to do that, do not read this book, it will scare the hell out of you.Subtitled An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour, Shukert recounts her many adventures traveling around Europe, first as the member of an acting troupe with a sketchy agenda, and then on her own, courtesy of an unstamped passport which allowed her If you ve ever dreamed of traveling to Europe with no money or any real idea of how you are going to live, this is the book for you If you have a young daughter who wants to do that, do not read this book, it will scare the hell out of you.Subtitled An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour, Shukert recounts her many adventures traveling around Europe, first as the member of an acting troupe with a sketchy agenda, and then on her own, courtesy of an unstamped passport which allowed her to travel unfettered throughout Europe.Shukert is a very funny, albeit somewhat vulgar, writer I read this on the city bus traveling around Manhattan and found myself keeping the book as closed as possible so as not to offend any Upper East Side matrons who may be trying to sneak a peek at what I was reading.She writes very freely of her many sexual exploits, which often coincided with her drinking to excess One really crazy night had her doing her best to avoid participating in a three way with some very scary, excitable Italian men she did not know well It was a scene a young, Jewish Lucy Riccardo might find herself in, all that was missing was Ethel, and Shukert had me laughing like crazy as she described extricating herself from this potentially dangerous situation.I loved her mother, whose favorite pastime was to send Rachel large manila envelopes containing scraps of information that she feels need to be brought to my attention notices culled from the local newspaper reporting that my high school boyfriend has once again been imprisoned for car theft excerpts from the latest sermon torn from the synagogue bulletin photocopied magazine articles detailing gruesome diseases from which she believes I might be at risk On one card, her mom wrote Remember having multiple sexual partners significantly increases your immediate risk of developing cancer of the cervix Please consider Hilarious Shukert includes in the text helpful tips for living abroad, including what to do When Someone Mistakes You For a Prostitute , Are You About to Be Sex trafficked and Snappy Comebacks To Loaded Questions such as1 Why are Americans so fat 2 Are Americans religious because they are stupid, or just ignorant and3 Why do Americans cruelly refuse to provide public health care for all There is lots of heart in this memoir, and I liked Shukert s adventures in Amsterdam, living with her friends, Jeroen and Mattis She gives the reader a good flavor for what it is like living in a foreign city the loneliness, the difficulty in getting a job, the joy of riding a bike as a means of transportation.Everything Will Be Great will appeal to mostly a younger crowd, and for those lucky enough to have traveled to Europe, they will chuckle with recognition As a 99 cent book on itunes goes, it was OK I was hopeful at the beginning, which had some laugh out loud moments, but the irreverent writing style soon wore thin when there was little actual substance I didn t find Rachel to be likeable or relatable I guess because I was capable of making better decisions in my early teens than she was in her twenties After awhile, it just got tiring I wasn t offended by the language or humor, which I m assuming is why a lot of people gave it low reviews As a 99 cent book on itunes goes, it was OK I was hopeful at the beginning, which had some laugh out loud moments, but the irreverent writing style soon wore thin when there was little actual substance I didn t find Rachel to be likeable or relatable I guess because I was capable of making better decisions in my early teens than she was in her twenties After awhile, it just got tiring I wasn t offended by the language or humor, which I m assuming is why a lot of people gave it low reviews I have a vocabulary like a pirate and no issues with crudeness, it s just that if your witty sarcasm isn t used to make a point, after awhile it loses its wit It was somewhat entertaining, and perhaps if I had read it off and on while on a vacation and didn t give it my full attention it would have beenlikeable to me There were a few spots at the end where again I chuckled aloud, but the pages in between I just kept waiting for Rachel to wise up and something interesting to happen.The author finds redemption in the end, in the form of a good relationship, which almost doesn t seem fitting given her independence But we hear so muchabout the unsuitable suitor than the keeper, so there s not much emotional payoff there The ending feels rushed, the middle feels never ending The book feels less like an European adventure andlike the author overstayed her welcome with her current group of friends, so she had to find a new group of people to hang out with The location seems to not be that important to her which is a shame as the best parts of this book for me were the descriptions of Amsterdam She seems to have little interest in immersing herself in the culture of the place she lives, and it is only through her acquaintances prompting that she does anything to interact or integrate with her temporary home Like another reviewer I think her writing shonewhen she was just being real and not recounting another embarrassing evening of drunkenness and clumsy sex The fantasy sitcom she creates is the best example of that ( EBOOK ) ♎ Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour ♉ Everything Is Going to Be Great, is performer, playwright, comedian, and author Rachel Shukert s hilarious memoir of traveling through Europe in her twenties She chronicles her youthful navigation through the haphazard fun and debauchery of new freedoms, and the growing pains that ultimately accompany adulthood Fans of Sloane Crosley and David Sedaris are going to love Shulkert s story, and her sharp, smart humor Less a travel memoir anda sex sexual encounter memoir I m not a prude and I love this genre, but this book was just a little too self indulgent for my taste The tone is humorous and the pacing is good, but overall the book didn t do it for me The people who love this appear via other reviews to love exactly what I did not. Lately the publishing world has seen fit to gift us with a subgenre of memoir written by youngish American lady performers as they detail their sexual escapades and the ridiculous partners with whom they engaged in said sexcapades I have read at least half a dozen of them although I have yet to indulge in their converse, the ones about religious ladies who struggle to keep both faith and hymen intact as they brave the Big City and for the most part I find them disappointing For me the nadir Lately the publishing world has seen fit to gift us with a subgenre of memoir written by youngish American lady performers as they detail their sexual escapades and the ridiculous partners with whom they engaged in said sexcapades I have read at least half a dozen of them although I have yet to indulge in their converse, the ones about religious ladies who struggle to keep both faith and hymen intact as they brave the Big City and for the most part I find them disappointing For me the nadir of this subgenre has to be the books written by Chelsea Handler, and I know this is sacrilegious among many of my friends, but she is someone who thinks she s being outrageously funny when really she s just a big asshole On the other hand, I actually laughed out loud multiple times, even while reading this book I ve written in the past about the difficulties of finding a book that transcends the merely humorous and becomes legitimately riotous the medium makes it waychallenging than if you are, say, on TV or in a movie or something Yet Shukert is such a funny, self deprecating writer that I actually had moments where I had to put my book down because I was shaking so hard from laughter that trying to read my book would have been like trying to read while riding a roller coaster or an earthquake or something I m sure my fellow pool goers thought I was having some sort of fit or something I am not sure what I laughed at harder her riff on the Dutch love affair with Phil Collins or the extremely expensive Dutch health care she received I ll divulge no further because I want you to actually read this book Aside from the considerable hilarity, there is also the fact that Shukert is a beautiful writer with a gift for metaphor and description and dialogue you know, all of the elements that make for an excellent read Some passages some sentences, even wrapped themselves around my chest and squeezed hard The whole funny memoir thing can sometimes feel forced, like you are reading someone s extended stand up comedy monologue, and you don t really get the sense of a person with a beating heart behind the words I think that s what pushed this book over from liked a lot to loved for me that Shukert wasn t just content to splay her stories out on a blanket for us to peruse as we walked by, that she actually wanted to make us feel something You know that friend you have who s a complete fuck up and tells the funniest stories about the debacle that is her life She isn t a real friend, someone you d trust with your spare keys, for instance, or to console you when tragedy strikes, but she s oh so much fun to be around Now imagine that friend went to Europe for a year and has just called to dish the dirt That s Rachel Shukert s memoir in a nutshell You ll laugh when she reveals that the Dutch don t believe in lactose intolerance You know that friend you have who s a complete fuck up and tells the funniest stories about the debacle that is her life She isn t a real friend, someone you d trust with your spare keys, for instance, or to console you when tragedy strikes, but she s oh so much fun to be around Now imagine that friend went to Europe for a year and has just called to dish the dirt That s Rachel Shukert s memoir in a nutshell You ll laugh when she reveals that the Dutch don t believe in lactose intolerance or seasonal allergies You ll chuckle as she attempts to exchange sex for dental work You ll guffaw when she accidentally falls in love with a charming sociopath But when the laughter is over, you ll forget the whole conversation in about twenty minutes This is Eat Pray Love for the cynical fun haver No spiritual mumbo jumbo here, thank god Just loads of cocktails, misadventures with horny foreigners, and a whole lot of laughs Finished it in one day and not because it was a light read because I couldn t put it down Oh, and evenevidence that Christopher Hitchens is full of shit because this broad is high larious This is Eat Pray Love for the cynical fun haver No spiritual mumbo jumbo here, thank god Just loads of cocktails, misadventures with horny foreigners, and a whole lot of laughs Finished it in one day and not because it was a light read because I couldn t put it down Oh, and evenevidence that Christopher Hitchens is full of shit because this broad is high larious It was only until the final third that I was really even interested Shukert s story.