Book Review: “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better”

Book Review: “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better” By Monica Heisey

Toronto born writer and comedian Monica Heisey guides women to coping with life in her new book “I can’t believe it’s not better”. Heisey is best known for her regular how-to column, “The Grown-Ass Woman’s Guide “ for Canadian website, She Does the City. If you haven’t already checked it out, you must at some point, it is a guaranteed laugh! (Find it here: http://www.shedoesthecity.com/tag/grown-ass-womans-guide )

I have to admit that when I first started reading this book, I really didn’t know what I was reading. Am I reading a memoir? Is this a self-help book? I just wasn’t sure. Some of the short stories really didn’t make sense. Either that or I’m just getting old and don’t get it.  One thing is for sure though…Heisey IS hilarious. A collection of essays, advice, quizzes, diagrams and stories of her life combined with how to deal and cope with common modern issues women have to face. Be warned: This book involves a hand full of gross mentioning’s, some profanity, and a ton of sarcasm. If you are looking for a great book to make you laugh your butt off, I would say this is the perfect read. If you are looking for an Oprah-style self-help book, definitely look elsewhere.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Food

What’s Going On With Your Body

Werk

It’s Called Manners, Read a Book

On Female friendship, Aka Everything

Fashion: Because for Some Reason We Cant All Be Naked

S-E-X-X-X and Love (zzzzzz)

“Our Modern World”

The grown ass woman’s guide to crying had to be one of my favourite parts of the book. Guiding a woman through knowing your triggers, having no shame, what to do if another lady is crying – “she does not want you to, and she certainly does not want one of those girl-circles to form around her where everyone demands to know immediately what is wrong and who did it and if there is there any way they could be drawing more attention to you at this moment of personal vulnerability”. Just hilarious.

I would recommend this book to the younger (under 25 years of age) single female crowd. It is definitely a certain kind of humour that may appeal to this population. I am in my 30’s, married with a child and I found that while many parts were humorous, a lot of her stories had to do with college roommates, boyfriends, and things that would have been a little more comical to me over 10 years ago. That being said, there is no doubt Heisey is funny in parts of the book and she definitely made me laugh.

**I received this book compliments of Red Deer Press to give an honest review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. For more information on this book including an excerpt, review quotes and to purchase, please visit the following link: http://www.reddeerpress.com/Detail/0889955352 Purchase price is $19.95. Prices subject to change.

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