A staff writer for Entertainment Weekly revisits all of the terrible and life-changing decisions she made in her 20s while trying to find herself amidst the millennial experience and modern feminism. Original. 25,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
A"hilarious and heartbreaking" (Jo Piazza) and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions while hoping--and sometimes failing--to find herself, in the style of Never Have I Ever and Adulting.
Join Dana Schwartz on a journey revisiting all of the awful choices she made in her early twenties through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz. Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, Choose Your Own Disaster is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty fucking difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it seems like you could be.
Dana has no idea who she is, but at least she knows she's a Carrie, a Ravenclaw, a Raphael, a Belle, a former emo kid, a Twitter addict, and a millennial just trying her best.
This long-form personality quiz manages to combine humor with unflinching honesty as one young woman tries to find herself amid the many, many choices that your twenties have to offer.
- (Grand Central Pub
Bona fide millennial Schwartz (b. 1993) shot to Twitter stardom when she launched @GuyinYourMFA, a humor account parodying pretentious young men studying creative writing at the graduate level. Schwartz has continued to rise in recent years, conceiving numerous viral Twitter feeds, penning the YA novel And We're Off (2017), and notoriously calling out Jared Kushner for his father-in-law's anti-Semitic campaign rhetoric while she was working at the Kushner-owned Observer. She covers all of this excitement and more in her breathless new memoir, formatted as a choose-your-own-adventure personality quiz. Schwartz is candid about her misadventures as a recent college graduate living in New York City, working as an intern at a couple big-name late-night television shows and stumbling her way through dating married men, exploring BDSM, Tinder courting, and optimizing her use of the subway. Though much is gleaned about Schwartz the romantic partner, much is left to learn about Schwartz the influential culture writer. The snappy direct address gives the feel of a playful internet bit, sure to please Schwartz's loyal fans. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Part memoir, part personality quiz, this book recounts many of the poor decisions arts and culture writer (the Guardian, Marie Claire, Vice, The New Yorker) and YA author (And We're Off) Schwartz made during her 20s in a quirky, "choose your own adventure" style format. Her experiences are relatable, especially because she uses second-person singular to put readers in her shoes. She writes candidly about the disordered eating habits and mediocre men that dotted the landscape of her young adulthood with humor and unflinching honesty. She tells the real story of setting up the Twitter account @GuyInYourMFA while studying at Brown University, and how it led to a Tinder date in London with the same type of guy the Twitter account parodies—he recognized her as the creator. VERDICT Equal parts amusing and cringe-worthy, these stories will have millennial readers relating and older ones nodding, "Yes. I've made similar mistakes."—Erin Shea, Ferguson Lib., CT
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