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  1. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Memoirs by comedians are always a bit hit and miss for me, probably because I'm not that into comedy. But Survival of the Thickest ended up being a pleasant surprise, even if the first few chapters were less my thing. She really shines talking about growing up in an immigrant family, colorism, the journey to getting comfortable in her body, having an interracial and intercultural marriage, and dealing with infertility and a non-traditional path to motherhood. There is a lot to like here and I esp Memoirs by comedians are always a bit hit and miss for me, probably because I'm not that into comedy. But Survival of the Thickest ended up being a pleasant surprise, even if the first few chapters were less my thing. She really shines talking about growing up in an immigrant family, colorism, the journey to getting comfortable in her body, having an interracial and intercultural marriage, and dealing with infertility and a non-traditional path to motherhood. There is a lot to like here and I especially appreciated her openness about the reality of what it's like to go through IVF, experience multiple miscarriages, and then face judgement for going the route of surrogacy as if it was her first choice. These are painful experiences that aren't talked about enough and I hope this helps women find understanding and empathy. While some of the jokes comedic material can get a little crass, I appreciate the intent of the book, which is about pushing back on slut-shaming, mom-shaming, racism, and general toxic masculinity. This one is definitely worth a look. Thanks to Libro.FM for providing an audio copy of this book for review! All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I would give this more like 2.5 stars, but rounded. up. As far as "celebrity memoirs" go, this one was not a winner, for me. It just felt like it was trying too hard, and Ms. Buteau really hasn't figured out what makes her stand out enough to write a book. Some of my main issues are that there were many parts where she seemed to contradict herself. She claimed to have two different "first loves" within a couple c I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I would give this more like 2.5 stars, but rounded. up. As far as "celebrity memoirs" go, this one was not a winner, for me. It just felt like it was trying too hard, and Ms. Buteau really hasn't figured out what makes her stand out enough to write a book. Some of my main issues are that there were many parts where she seemed to contradict herself. She claimed to have two different "first loves" within a couple chapters of each other. She also went from talking about saving herself for marriage to "being a heau" without explaining what caused the change. There was one chapter where I swear it was the same exact joke I heard on an Ali Wong standup special at least 2 years go. So who stole the joke from whom??? Also, the author seemed to think that having "big tits" was a personality trait. Newsflash, it's not. While I did appreciate the chapters where the author was very open and honest about her struggles with infertility, it came so late in the book that I was more or less skimming everything just to be done with it. I think she needs to tighten up her POV and dig deeper.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nandika | Booktrovertgirl

    I have really liked Michelle Buteau wherever I have seen her. She has the type of personality that demands attention even if she is in a minor role (she is hilarious in a Always Be My Maybe). Her personality translated through in the book, especially while listening to the audiobook. Her dating history and mishaps resulted in some funny anecdotes. But I think her more serious chapters was where she shone. Her experience with 9/11, multiple miscarriages, or even when she was standing up to her fam I have really liked Michelle Buteau wherever I have seen her. She has the type of personality that demands attention even if she is in a minor role (she is hilarious in a Always Be My Maybe). Her personality translated through in the book, especially while listening to the audiobook. Her dating history and mishaps resulted in some funny anecdotes. But I think her more serious chapters was where she shone. Her experience with 9/11, multiple miscarriages, or even when she was standing up to her family for being homophobic, was where she was vulnerable and it showed how authentic and real she is. You really don’t know what anyone is going through in their lives. We are so quick in being judgmental, or even the one-off phrases like asking someone about when they’ll have babies can be painful triggers for someone. Kindness is such an under-appreciated quality, and I loved how Buteau showed her struggles without being bitter about it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    (free audio review copy from Libro.fm) 3.5 stars. So. Well. Let’s see. First of all, this isn’t a book I would have chosen on my own, so I always feel a bit unfair reviewing books outside of my usual genres. But since there are a few other books by comedians that I’ve enjoyed, I thought I’d give it a try. I thought my biggest struggle was just how totally up and down and disconnected it was, but that’s almost always true of collections of essays. So maybe that’s not it. Maybe the reason I’m so co (free audio review copy from Libro.fm) 3.5 stars. So. Well. Let’s see. First of all, this isn’t a book I would have chosen on my own, so I always feel a bit unfair reviewing books outside of my usual genres. But since there are a few other books by comedians that I’ve enjoyed, I thought I’d give it a try. I thought my biggest struggle was just how totally up and down and disconnected it was, but that’s almost always true of collections of essays. So maybe that’s not it. Maybe the reason I’m so conflicted is because of the super light raunchy humor sliding right into traumatic and graphic stories of infertility and miscarriage. I’m so aware of how triggering this can be for so many readers - even me who has never lost a baby, but have close family members and friends who have. Also, there’s a lot of wrestling with feelings about the Catholic Church and its stance on queer relationships as well as you know, the whole pedophilia thing. It was very open of the author to expose this grappling on the page but it was hard for me to understand it given the fact that I’m not Catholic and have no issues condemning the Church for these things - I get that it’s not so clear cut for people who have been raised and steeped in the faith. If you love this actor, you might love this book. Just be VERY aware of the triggers regarding infertility and miscarriage.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Oyinda

    Oh this is a fave! I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Many thanks to Libro FM and Simon Schuster Audio for providing me with an ALC of "Survival of the Thickest" in exchange for a honest review. This review was written voluntarily and all opinions herein are my own. I didn't know who Michelle Buteau was before starting this book, and after finishing it, I'm going to try my best to seek her and her work out and experience her awesomeness every way I can. I decided to read this because of the cover and Oh this is a fave! I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Many thanks to Libro FM and Simon Schuster Audio for providing me with an ALC of "Survival of the Thickest" in exchange for a honest review. This review was written voluntarily and all opinions herein are my own. I didn't know who Michelle Buteau was before starting this book, and after finishing it, I'm going to try my best to seek her and her work out and experience her awesomeness every way I can. I decided to read this because of the cover and the blurb. A plus sized black woman telling it as it is? Yes please. Survival of the Thickest is a collection of essays about Michelle's life leading up to the present. The essays are mostly told in non-chronological order throughout her life but there's some sense of progression from her childhood to adulthood. The essays were funny, whimsical, open, and brutally honest. Some chapters made me laugh and there were some that made me cry. She bared it all in this book, especially her struggle with fertility and miscarriages. I felt so many things while reading this, and I'm so glad she was able to come out on top. This book examined the author-narrator's relationships with so many people all over the course of her life, especially her parents. She had really different relationships with her mom and her dad, and that was interesting to read about. The author also examined her life as a thick girl who went through puberty and grew huge breasts really early on in life. I really enjoyed and loved this book, and I highly recommend it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Shaw

    Rating: 5 🍷 🍷 🍷 🍷 🍷 Book: Survival of the Thickest Release Date: December 8 (Some areas) and February 3, 2021 (in others) Author: Michelle Buteau Genre: Essays, Memoir Sipping Synopsis: One good thing that came out of this pandemic and the stay-at-home order was my introduction to Michelle Buteau and Nicole Byers (Nailed It!)- by the way they are NOT the same person and do NOT look alike (lol Michelle will make this clear in her book). Anyways, back to my Netflix binge. I met Michelle from hosting Th Rating: 5 🍷 🍷 🍷 🍷 🍷 Book: Survival of the Thickest Release Date: December 8 (Some areas) and February 3, 2021 (in others) Author: Michelle Buteau Genre: Essays, Memoir Sipping Synopsis: One good thing that came out of this pandemic and the stay-at-home order was my introduction to Michelle Buteau and Nicole Byers (Nailed It!)- by the way they are NOT the same person and do NOT look alike (lol Michelle will make this clear in her book). Anyways, back to my Netflix binge. I met Michelle from hosting The Circle and then her stand up on Netflix. So, when I heard that she had a memoir type book coming out I was too excited to cop it. Michelle revisits the most important, funniest, saddest, and most memorable moments of her life in Survival of the Thickest-great title by the way. Final sipping thoughts: This book is 100% not for the prude folks. If you get offended by a curse word or sexual reference or two (or 20) then you might want to skip this book. I enjoyed Michelle’s realness and I am so happy I had the audio version so I could hear her oh so sassy reading of it. Go ahead and pre-order or be ready to grab it in February! You can thank me later! Cheers and thank you to @NetGalley, @MichelleButeau and @GalleryBooks for an advanced copy of @SurvivalOfTheThickest #SurvivalOfTheThickest #MichelleButeau #GalleryBooks #NetGalley #advancedreadercopy #ARC #Kindle #AmazonReads #Booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #nicoles_bookcellar #bookworm #bookdragon #booknerd #booklover #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #bookreview #essays #memoirs

  7. 4 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    Hilarious! I laughed out loud reading this book more than I have in a long time. Michelle Buteau is hilarious. She also had the ability to create extremely emotional moments that had me bawling while I listened. This is a book that you should listen to the audio if you have the chance. Michelle narrates it, and she does an absolutely phenomenal job! This is a memoir that will take you on a journey of Michelle’s romance situations, both absolutely hilarious and heartwarming, her friendships, her f Hilarious! I laughed out loud reading this book more than I have in a long time. Michelle Buteau is hilarious. She also had the ability to create extremely emotional moments that had me bawling while I listened. This is a book that you should listen to the audio if you have the chance. Michelle narrates it, and she does an absolutely phenomenal job! This is a memoir that will take you on a journey of Michelle’s romance situations, both absolutely hilarious and heartwarming, her friendships, her family, her job, her journey to being a mother, and her overall thoughts on life. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was funny at times, making me laugh, but there were other moments that were so touching, so heartbreaking, that I had to pause and give myself a few moments. Michelle’s story made me feel like I was sitting down with a good friend with a drink and discussing life. It was easy to sit with Michelle and have this chat. Overall, this was a wonderful, engaging memoir! I loved Michelle’s story, the individual moments she chose to share, and the ways she delivered the experiences to the reader! I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Book Reviews By Tara

    Before reading this book I had never heard of Michelle Buteau. And after reading this book I will never forget her. ⠀ 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐭 is a loud, in your face collection of essays from the life of actress and comedian Michelle Buteau. ⠀ In this book Michelle talks about everything from friendship and infertility, to being an only child raised by a Jamaican mother and Haitian father. ⠀ Michelle grabbed my attention from the first page when she boldly announced that she is a “Jerseyan”. That’s Before reading this book I had never heard of Michelle Buteau. And after reading this book I will never forget her. ⠀ 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐭 is a loud, in your face collection of essays from the life of actress and comedian Michelle Buteau. ⠀ In this book Michelle talks about everything from friendship and infertility, to being an only child raised by a Jamaican mother and Haitian father. ⠀ Michelle grabbed my attention from the first page when she boldly announced that she is a “Jerseyan”. That’s right! She’s from my home state of New Jersey. When she described “Jerseyans as, “loud, brash people in leopard skin clothing, with red lip stick.” I knew right then that I was going to like this book😂. And, I was right. It was wonderfully entertaining. ⠀ I listened to audio version, as well as read the hard copy. I liked the audiobook much better. With Michelle reading the story it was hilarious! Down right laugh out loud funny. But I have to warn you, if you are sensitive to profanity, this may not be the book for you. ⠀ But, not every chapter was filled with comedy. There are moments when Michelle goes deep. One such moment can be found in the chapter titled 9/11 Chronicles. In this chapter there is a shift. Michelle’s emotions become very somber as she recounts the details of the horrific and tragic events of 9/11. ⠀ Another somber moment can also be found as she writes about her struggle with infertility. She goes into detail about the many miscarriages she experienced, while taking us into her IVF journey. It was definitely eye opening. ⠀ What I like most about this book is that even as she shares her most difficult moments in life, she ends each chapter with light at the end of the tunnel. She offers hope coupled with humor. And in this world today, this is a perfect combination. ⠀ Overall, I give 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐭 5⭐️s. Because of this book Michelle now has a new supporter. I will be on the lookout for her movies and stand up comedy shows. ⠀ Thank you Atria Books for gifting me this digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Unpopular opinion I didn’t love this book. I didn’t know Buteau as a comedian before this book, but I am always up for a memoir, especially a funny one. There were definitely some parts I could relate to or appreciate but it was very hard to get past the part where she made fun of an ex for not being able to read. Whatever your problems with a person, I would think we all live in a day and age where we can appreciate making fun of someone for something like that is not acceptable. I received an adv Unpopular opinion I didn’t love this book. I didn’t know Buteau as a comedian before this book, but I am always up for a memoir, especially a funny one. There were definitely some parts I could relate to or appreciate but it was very hard to get past the part where she made fun of an ex for not being able to read. Whatever your problems with a person, I would think we all live in a day and age where we can appreciate making fun of someone for something like that is not acceptable. I received an advanced listening copy in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love Buteau’s stand-up and think she is on the precipice of a major breakout in the movie world after years of comedy hustle. The book was a bit uneven for me if only because I found it difficult to relate to her experiences since I am a woman who is child free by choice. Also, the narration of the audiobook was choppy and sometimes I wondered if I had accidentally paused it when it was actually just an odd pause in the narration. Her discussions regarding colorism, interracial (and intercultu I love Buteau’s stand-up and think she is on the precipice of a major breakout in the movie world after years of comedy hustle. The book was a bit uneven for me if only because I found it difficult to relate to her experiences since I am a woman who is child free by choice. Also, the narration of the audiobook was choppy and sometimes I wondered if I had accidentally paused it when it was actually just an odd pause in the narration. Her discussions regarding colorism, interracial (and intercultural - her husband is Dutch) marriage, and equality are great.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Zimmerman

    I feel like my rating for the book changed with every chapter. But I think I’m settled in a solid three stars. Here’s why. The author is a hilarious comedian and her manner of speaking is so distinct and full of personality. I think the issue here is that she writes the way she speaks and it’s less effective on the page. It’s a bit difficult to parse through and and really appreciate what she’s saying because it can be stream of consciousness with a mix of reflection but the transition is nonexis I feel like my rating for the book changed with every chapter. But I think I’m settled in a solid three stars. Here’s why. The author is a hilarious comedian and her manner of speaking is so distinct and full of personality. I think the issue here is that she writes the way she speaks and it’s less effective on the page. It’s a bit difficult to parse through and and really appreciate what she’s saying because it can be stream of consciousness with a mix of reflection but the transition is nonexistent. For instance, there are quite a few jokes in here that actually end up in her Netflix comedy special (in a truncated way) and they land far better in the special than they do in the book. Writing how she speaks doesn’t necessarily translate Michelle’s personality and sense of humor to the page in the way I think she intends. As a result, some of the essays/chapters feel a bit all over the place for me and without a real hook. The beginning years, up until she meets her husband, are a bit wandering (with the exception of the story around her 9/11 experience, which is really well-written and one of my favorite parts of this book). But things really pick up and become more cohesive and impactful from there (for the most part). Her stories of IVF treatments and failures, as well as her experiences with surrogacy, are heart-breaking. Her relationship with her ever-patient and wonderful husband give hope to the rest of us who have yet to find a kind, decent man. I also love the short and sweet “magnet-worthy” pieces of advice at the end. They’re so great. If anything, this book is great motivation to seek out more of Michelle Buteau’s stand up and movie/TV roles (and rewatch the ones I’ve already seen now that I have more context). She’s hilarious and someone I’d love to have in my corner for motivation and support. I just wish all that is Michelle Buteau would’ve translates better to the page.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie Mac

    I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5. I love Michelle Buteau's standup (her IVF story on the Risk podcast is one of my favorites), so I was excited to read this book of essays. While her stream-of-consciousness doesn't translate well to the written word, I appreciated her candor and her openness in talking about her life, particularly her fertility journey. I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5. I love Michelle Buteau's standup (her IVF story on the Risk podcast is one of my favorites), so I was excited to read this book of essays. While her stream-of-consciousness doesn't translate well to the written word, I appreciated her candor and her openness in talking about her life, particularly her fertility journey.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    3.75 stars. The first third or so was fine as it was mostly her early life. But after Michelle starts talking about her husband, trying to get pregnant and having her twins via surrogacy, it becomes very emotional and informative. In times like that, she can cut through the crap and explain things so clearly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy!

    EXCELLENT. I loved her comedy special on Netflix, so I was happy to download the audiobook, and you know what? It's GREAT. Buteau reads it herself, and it was wonderful. I listened to a 6.5 hour audiobook in two days and could have listened to more. Buteau is funny and moving, and her chapters about infertility (predictably) made me cry. It was funny listening to this one right after listening to Meaty by Samantha Irby - both books have chapters about tooth trauma, and it felt very deja vu heari EXCELLENT. I loved her comedy special on Netflix, so I was happy to download the audiobook, and you know what? It's GREAT. Buteau reads it herself, and it was wonderful. I listened to a 6.5 hour audiobook in two days and could have listened to more. Buteau is funny and moving, and her chapters about infertility (predictably) made me cry. It was funny listening to this one right after listening to Meaty by Samantha Irby - both books have chapters about tooth trauma, and it felt very deja vu hearing them back to back.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cortney

    In need of a good laugh? This book is for you. I laughed out loud so many times. A hilarious set of essays about her life as a comedian. From growing in New Jersey to her struggles with infertility, Michelle gives us view of what it’s like to be a working mom on the comedic scene in Hollywood.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott Flanary

    You must listen to this audiobook if you love Michelle Buteau. She has hilarious charm! She balanced interesting, fun stories with heavier entries and I have to say: this woman has led an incredibly interesting life. It was a joy to learn more about her.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nick Polanchik

    I have never laughed more when reading a book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan Ames

    I loved it. Funny and emotional, often at the same time. If you like her stand-up and think that the movies she is in would improve if she had a bigger role in them, this book is for you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I love this woman! She is one of the funniest people on earth. So glad I got to learn more about her story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Milligan

    I laughed a lot AND cried. This woman is a hero.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved this book. Buteau is such a fun voice, and I loved the way she writes in her own voice. Her story covers several portions of her life and the ways in which she's navigated each piece. She talks about discrimination in many forms--racism, sexism, and sizism. She's experienced it in all these forms and still has the humor to describe it in some of the funniest ways I've ever heard. She grew up in New Jersey and discusses how racism and sizism affected her in that environment. She then went I loved this book. Buteau is such a fun voice, and I loved the way she writes in her own voice. Her story covers several portions of her life and the ways in which she's navigated each piece. She talks about discrimination in many forms--racism, sexism, and sizism. She's experienced it in all these forms and still has the humor to describe it in some of the funniest ways I've ever heard. She grew up in New Jersey and discusses how racism and sizism affected her in that environment. She then went to Miami for college and met a tribe of women who accepted and loved her as one of their own. They were certainly not the kind of girls you think about when you think about college girls, but their adventures were fun to hear about, and with them, Buteau was able to find comfort and make peace with her body. When she talks about her dating life, it's impossible not to laugh. Even though it is plagued with sexism and racism and sizism, her sense of humor allows her (and us) to laugh about it. She's disrespected, cheated on, and belittled, but she never loses her sense of self-worth. That's incredibly admirable. When she finally meets her husband, they have a hell of a time trying to conceive and eventually go an alternate route. The path to her children is absolutely heartbreaking and is one of the most beautiful parts of her story. In general, this book is definitely worth the read. It's hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. How we grow up, the traumas of our youth, and the ways in which we and others break our hearts through adulthood require resilience and humor. That's what we find in this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natalie (readswithnatalieb)

    Holy Moly why did I not follow Michelle Buteau until now?! Alright alright, I know who she is. I know she’s a comedian, thought she was hilarious in Always Be My Maybe, but I didn’t know much else. But thanks to this audiobook, I know alllllllll about Michelle! Buteau’s quick wit and dry sense of humor had me laughing out loud multiple times. She’s got a different vibe compared to Samantha Irby, but the humor is on par. She’s a whole lot of sass that’ll have you laughing for most (key word most) Holy Moly why did I not follow Michelle Buteau until now?! Alright alright, I know who she is. I know she’s a comedian, thought she was hilarious in Always Be My Maybe, but I didn’t know much else. But thanks to this audiobook, I know alllllllll about Michelle! Buteau’s quick wit and dry sense of humor had me laughing out loud multiple times. She’s got a different vibe compared to Samantha Irby, but the humor is on par. She’s a whole lot of sass that’ll have you laughing for most (key word most) of her life stories. Content warnings: infertility, 9/11 reference, bullying, racism. Anyone who can open up and lay everything out for others holds a special place in my heart. Buteau takes us through her childhood and in adulthood specifically highlighting the shifts in her life. She talks dating, jobs, marriage, and family. This audiobook came at a perfect time because I desperately needed a laugh. I got a bit down in the dumps over the weekend and she brought me back to my normal. Not only did she provide laughs, her wedding story came right before I toured my first wedding venue! She explains how her wedding was for others and not for her and her husband. She doesn’t have photos in her home because of it. Hearing that made reminded me what was important for my upcoming wedding. If you need an easy listen or read that’ll make you laugh, check out this book. Big thank you to Libro and Simon for the ALC!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Best for: Big fans of Michelle Buteau In a nutshell: Author and Comedian Michelle Buteau provides a look into her life, sharing both the highs and the lows. CN for miscarriage. Worth quoting: N/A (Audio book) Why I chose it: I very much enjoyed Buteau in Always Be My Maybe. I've recently watched her Netflix special, which also got me chuckling. Review: I'm struggling a bit with this review. There are parts of this book that I really loved. She tells a great story, she's relatable even though she and I do Best for: Big fans of Michelle Buteau In a nutshell: Author and Comedian Michelle Buteau provides a look into her life, sharing both the highs and the lows. CN for miscarriage. Worth quoting: N/A (Audio book) Why I chose it: I very much enjoyed Buteau in Always Be My Maybe. I've recently watched her Netflix special, which also got me chuckling. Review: I'm struggling a bit with this review. There are parts of this book that I really loved. She tells a great story, she's relatable even though she and I don't have loads in common, and she's open and honest. There are parts of this book that had me laughing a lot, and parts where I teared up. There are the expected stories about life as a stand-up comedian, and the unexpected honesty about working in a newsroom in NYC on 9/11, and her experiences with miscarriages and surrogacy. I think my rating is based more on the delivery of the audiobook. It was a bit jarring. I'm used to her style of stand-up and speaking, but there was an unevenness to it all that felt like perhaps she hadn't read her words out loud before recording. I don't know. I think for once, I'd say I bet the paper version of the book is better. On the positive end, the book is filled with a lot of motivating words that don't feel forced. There's an almost infectious confidence that comes from Buteau, which I appreciated. Keep it / Pass to a Friend / Donate it / Toss it: Donate it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free as a giveaway win from good reads, however my opinion is my honest reflection on the book. I will start off by saying this is not generally my kind of book, but I was interested in reading something different. I have never heard of Michelle Buteau before. Let me start by saying if you’re not a fan of cuss words this book is NOT for you. I did NOT like the first few chapters, I felt they were messy and all over the place. I definitely didn’t find them funny Disclaimer: I received this book for free as a giveaway win from good reads, however my opinion is my honest reflection on the book. I will start off by saying this is not generally my kind of book, but I was interested in reading something different. I have never heard of Michelle Buteau before. Let me start by saying if you’re not a fan of cuss words this book is NOT for you. I did NOT like the first few chapters, I felt they were messy and all over the place. I definitely didn’t find them funny and often found myself wondering why she would even include this stuff in her book. Why would you write a book about this nonsense? And to think about her parents, husband and children reading it? Yikes! Truthfully I did not enjoy the book until I got to the chapter about her IVF struggles, she was open and honest and vulnerable, she became more of a person to me than a character she was playing for a book. Although I personally cannot relate to that struggle I felt that her open honest words would be comforting to many. I wish more chapters had been like that, where I felt like I was getting to know her. Overall I felt like the book hopped all over the place, but the stories were so random that it didn’t really make a difference. I feel like she did herself a disservice being “funny” and in some areas just crude because I don’t think the book accurately displays the smart, confident independent woman she is. Sadly I would not recommend this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Huge thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Audio for the ALC of this audiobook. I was first introduced to Buteau through her podcast, Adulting. It has given me many laughs and relatable moments, and I need it to come back like yesterday, but she’s a stand up comedian, an actress, and mother of twins, and this book is a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the highs and lows of her life. I am 100% here for it. It felt like starting the new year catching up with an oldest friend who will h Huge thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Audio for the ALC of this audiobook. I was first introduced to Buteau through her podcast, Adulting. It has given me many laughs and relatable moments, and I need it to come back like yesterday, but she’s a stand up comedian, an actress, and mother of twins, and this book is a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the highs and lows of her life. I am 100% here for it. It felt like starting the new year catching up with an oldest friend who will have you in stitches but also tears and makes you want to constantly hug her. Buteau’s career is def on the uptick, and you’ve probably seen her in many things over the last couple of years, and if you haven’t, look her up. She’s funny. She’s real. Annnnd she’s amazing. I am so glad I chose the audio version of this book, because it’s read by the author, and really feels like a conversation. It came out in early December, so whether you prefer reading essay-memoirs or listening (I rec listening), you can grab this one wherever you get your books. Also, check out the first season of Adulting on your fav podcast app.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jimalion Itsabookishworld_

    Thank you @librofm and @simonschuster for a gifted copy of this book. It wasn’t until halfway through Survival of the Thickest that I realized that Michelle Buteau was VERONICA in Always Be My Maybe. Now it makes perfect sense as to why I was cackling through the entire book. Michelle is simply hilarious and if anyone says something different, I will fight in the 7 Eleven parking lot. My bestie Michelle dropped some gems in Survival of The Thickest and I am forever grateful to her for giving us t Thank you @librofm and @simonschuster for a gifted copy of this book. It wasn’t until halfway through Survival of the Thickest that I realized that Michelle Buteau was VERONICA in Always Be My Maybe. Now it makes perfect sense as to why I was cackling through the entire book. Michelle is simply hilarious and if anyone says something different, I will fight in the 7 Eleven parking lot. My bestie Michelle dropped some gems in Survival of The Thickest and I am forever grateful to her for giving us this book. Through this book Michelle highlights the funniest, saddest, memorable and most significant moments of her life. While she spoke of the “thickest” as it relates to her body, I also think Michelle meant thick as in tough skin. She is in a predominately male focused career and to prove herself worthy and capable to be there, she has to have thick skin to take the criticism that is thrown at her. Michelle is full of sass and dry humor and she delivered this memoir in the realest way. So here is to all my women surviving this world with the thickest skin and booty’s.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Delgado

    I love Michelle Buteau, if you've ever seen her stand up special, heard one of her interviews or her on a podcast you know her dialect. This book reads just like the way she speaks, which I had a hard time reading at some points. If there is an audiobook of her reading this THAT would be the way to go. But just reading it, the funny parts don't come across the same. She is very funny and I liked the book but the flow of it was a little off to me. There are funny parts, heart-wrenching parts and p I love Michelle Buteau, if you've ever seen her stand up special, heard one of her interviews or her on a podcast you know her dialect. This book reads just like the way she speaks, which I had a hard time reading at some points. If there is an audiobook of her reading this THAT would be the way to go. But just reading it, the funny parts don't come across the same. She is very funny and I liked the book but the flow of it was a little off to me. There are funny parts, heart-wrenching parts and parts that make you laugh at loud and feel warm and fuzzy. This book is a good palate cleanser, if you just finished a heavy book and need something funny and easy to read, this is it. Full disclosure there is a section that's really sad, but overall not a bad book. In the beginning there are a few chapters that didn't really have a point, or if there was they weren't really tied together very well. I love Michelle and I highly encourage anyone to check out her work as an actress or a comedian before reading her book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Riana Autumn

    Michelle Buteau is a stand-up comedian and actress, who you likely know from every other movie on Netflix. In this memoir, Michelle shares hilarious stories from her childhood, career and move into stand-up, relationships and journey into motherhood. This is definitely one of those books that you want to listen to on audio as Michelle herself reads it. And she puts a lot of herself into it! I can see how some of her jokes would have fallen flat or felt repetitive on the page. But on audio, I rea Michelle Buteau is a stand-up comedian and actress, who you likely know from every other movie on Netflix. In this memoir, Michelle shares hilarious stories from her childhood, career and move into stand-up, relationships and journey into motherhood. This is definitely one of those books that you want to listen to on audio as Michelle herself reads it. And she puts a lot of herself into it! I can see how some of her jokes would have fallen flat or felt repetitive on the page. But on audio, I really enjoyed it. This book is mostly silly, with lots of references to Michelle's big tits and freckles. But there are also some serious moments too, such as Michelle's experience working in media during 9/11 and her extremely heartbreaking and vulnerable journey to motherhood. I appreciated that this book was both fun and serious, making me laugh and cry in different chapters. I also liked how Michelle weaved in her interracial background and culture, interracial marriage, body positivity and pop culture references throughout. An enjoyable listen!  TW: infertility, racism, homophobia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Booksandcoffeepleasemx

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to this audio and it was the best surprise ever. In Survival of the Thickest, Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in standup opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to this audio and it was the best surprise ever. In Survival of the Thickest, Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in standup opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family, and what it feels like to have a full heart, tight jeans, and stardom finally in her grasp. This essay collection was amazing. It was ugly and beautiful, funny and sad, raw and heartbreaking; I was laughing out loud one minute and almost crying the next. And listening to Michelle narrated them really took them to the next level. Thank you Libro.fm , @simon.audio and @michellebuteau for this ALC. http://www.instagram.com/booksandcoff...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shana

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review*** Besides seeing her in Always Be My Maybe, I really didn't know anything about Michelle Buteau before reading her book. I knew she was funny, but I hadn't yet had the chance to experience her other work, so that likely affected my experience of this book. It's funny. She tells a good story. But there are also heartbreaking parts of the book, like when she writes about her pregnancy losses. It's just a very real and intimate lo ***Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review*** Besides seeing her in Always Be My Maybe, I really didn't know anything about Michelle Buteau before reading her book. I knew she was funny, but I hadn't yet had the chance to experience her other work, so that likely affected my experience of this book. It's funny. She tells a good story. But there are also heartbreaking parts of the book, like when she writes about her pregnancy losses. It's just a very real and intimate look into her life thus far. My only minor complaint is that she overuses "big titty" and "big-tittied" in describing herself. I have no issue whatsoever with the titties themselves, but the flow of the book was interrupted by the redundancies. Hopefully in the final version of the book, the big titties are spread out a bit more so that they don't find themselves collected into tight groupings. On second thought, that sounds fun, so maybe just keep as is...?

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