Monday, October 6, 2008

Book Review: Hide & Seek


HIDE & SEEK: HOW I LAUGHED AT DEPRESSION, CONQUERED MY FEARS AND FOUND HAPPINESS: A NEUROTIC’S HILARIOUS JOURNEY: Wendy Aron: Kunati: Biography: 225 pgs.


Wendy Aron had suffered from depression and low self-esteem for most of her life.  In this memoir she recounts how she began to overcome these obstacles.   The process seems to be kick-started when she discovers that her long time therapist may move away. Her resulting panic leads her to a series of self-help education classes and seminars which eventually empower her to move beyond her difficult childhood.


I had hoped this book would be a lot funnier than it was.  Don’t get me wrong, there were humorous moments and the book is well written and quick to read, but I didn’t feel I was entertained like I had been anticipating. That, I believe, is the danger of including the word “hilarious” in your subtitle….it builds an expectation which is very difficult to fulfill.

2 comments:

mclayson said...

I doubt I'll ever read that book. Are you surprised? I enjoy reading your blog because you are so dang funny! Thanks for a super night o' violence last night. :)

Michaelynn said...

Yes, I agree with you. If I ever write a funny book, I'll definitely keep "hilarious" out of the title. Maybe I'll substitute it with something like "solemn" or "serious" or "dull". That way everyone will be pleasantly surprised.