Title: You Deserve a Drink
Author: Mamrie Hart
Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber
You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart is a comedic, autobiographical account including many “boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery” that come straight from the creator of the popular YouTube channel of the same name. Mamrie Hart is so unique that my auto-correct is keen to decorate her name with red squiggles at every turn. Just like her name (that has now been added to my computer’s dictionary) her tales are nearly impossible to forget.
You Deserve a Drink is one of the most honest memoirs that I have ever read. Mamrie does not shrink away from embarrassment. In fact, she generally takes advantage of her own discomfort, whether she is getting blackout drunk in New York or celebrating a bizarre, Americanized version of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, to turn her most awkward moments into self-deprecating comedy. I also appreciated her numerous pop culture references (which are part of the built in drinking game that Mamrie creates in the introduction) that range from the 1980’s to the early 2000’s. If you like TV, movie, and boy band references, then this book is especially for you!
Mamrie spends a lot of the book drinking, thinking about drinking, recovering from drinking, or providing drink recipes for the reader to try out. The idea to begin each major chapter with a mixed drink recipe is thematic to the book and enjoyable even for non-drinkers (myself included) because of the pun-laden names and oftentimes forceful and profanity-sprinkled directions. Several chapters of smaller stories called “Quickshots” are also nice additions to the book since these chapters provide smaller doses of debauchery to break up the longer stories. Generally speaking, however, it is easy to read a full-length story in one sitting because the normal chapters generally range between ten to just under twenty pages.
One point to mention, as some readers may be surprised, is that Mamrie very rarely talks about her YouTube career. She focuses You Deserve a Drink almost exclusively on her childhood through early adulthood. If a reader is solely interested in a behind-the-scenes look at her YouTube years then this is book will probably not scratch that itch. However, if you enjoy Mamrie’s humor (crude, clever, and punny) then You Deserve a Drink is a fun, uplifting, and occasionally surprising read. Seriously, wait until you get to the part about the mushrooms on New Year’s Eve …
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