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  1. 4 out of 5

    L.A. Cramer

    A Fun Read Debbie Kasper writes in a style that is engaging, humourous, and relatable. I found myself laughing out loud in some stories and feeling nostalgic in others. She is a gem and her stories are well worth the time to read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Stasz

    I loved this book!!! I grew up in Cherry Hill, so it was very nostalgic for me! It’s very smartly written! It’s funny without being a straight comedy book without substance. The stories from her childhood are priceless! Just what I needed to read right now. I wholly recommend this book to anyone. . . especially if you are a David Sedaris fan!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judith Bridges

    Debbie Kasper's new book, You’re Not That Pretty, is a laugh-out loud memoir that carries a considerable emotional punch. Debbie has honed her wit on the road doing stand-up for many years and then sharpened them further by Emmy-award winning stints on The Roseanne Barr Show and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. You may remember her on the Rosie O’Donnell Show as the tap-dancing reindeer - there’s a very funny story about that episode too in her book. You’re Not That Pretty is Kasper’s life as the only g Debbie Kasper's new book, You’re Not That Pretty, is a laugh-out loud memoir that carries a considerable emotional punch. Debbie has honed her wit on the road doing stand-up for many years and then sharpened them further by Emmy-award winning stints on The Roseanne Barr Show and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. You may remember her on the Rosie O’Donnell Show as the tap-dancing reindeer - there’s a very funny story about that episode too in her book. You’re Not That Pretty is Kasper’s life as the only girl from a nice New Jersey suburb raised with a pack of three loud, competitive boys. Family fun night is a blood sport - Jeopardy, board games, best killer lines at someone else’s expense - you name it, it’s a cut-throat contest to the death; all of which gives rise to some very funny and weirdly twisted scenes. The parents drink, take potshots at the kids and each other, and whoever has the funniest line wins - perfect training for a career in stand-up, and in this hyper-competitive world, Debbie’s talents and considerable strengths are forged. Debbie’s a smart kid and she quickly gets that she is not cut out for the 1960’s traditional female role, a conclusion her mother roundly seconds. As Debbie is leaving for college, her mother yells in her cigarette-fueled voice, “Whatever you do, don’t you bring back a husband! Study, Debbie, Study!” And she follows her mom’s advice, beginning a long odyssey of stand-up comedy gigs, crazy-funny adventures, heart-break, and loss. Along the way, we find out a lot about Debbie and about her family secrets, addictions, and struggles with body image issues. She gives us a ring-side seat with her skirmishes with men in the war of the sexes, stand-up comedy as an audience contact sport, and Hollywood glitz with the hard work, the disappointment, and the heartbreak. And death. She tackles the big stuff. Her sharp-eyed portrayals of the people in her life - her family, her friends from school, the people she meets on the road, in New York, and in Hollywood - are brilliant, funny, heartbreaking, unsparing, and yet forgiving. One moment we’re laughing out loud at one of Debbie’s many indelible character sketches - and then comes a wrenching moment of loss revealed, a life unfulfilled. Underneath her smartness and toughness beats a generous heart. Her book is a comedy wrapped around some hard won truths. But it’s not a typical memoir - it's funny, twisted, tragic, inspiring, and you'll find yourself both laughing and crying. It's the story of a smart, strong woman who managed to make her way through life to emerge wiser and kinder, while keeping her wit and her eye for character in tact. But get the book and see for yourself! It’s a great read - you will laugh and you will probably cry. And she is that pretty.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    It was actually a pretty funny book - but the main reason I read it is because I graduated from the same high school as the author (Cherry Hill High School West) in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is a few years older than me, but the diners she worked in I remember so well! In one part, she mentions the Ellisburg Circle McDonalds, where I flipped hamburgers when I was 16. There were a lot of typos in the book, which drove me nuts, but I also laughed out loud in a few places. And yes, I was raised in the 6 It was actually a pretty funny book - but the main reason I read it is because I graduated from the same high school as the author (Cherry Hill High School West) in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is a few years older than me, but the diners she worked in I remember so well! In one part, she mentions the Ellisburg Circle McDonalds, where I flipped hamburgers when I was 16. There were a lot of typos in the book, which drove me nuts, but I also laughed out loud in a few places. And yes, I was raised in the 60s with parents who were similar. My dad used to quiz us kids on state capitals on every road trip we took too!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Written with intelligence and wit, this highly relatable book opens with tales of 1950s suburbia and offers reflections on friendships, school, travel, crap jobs, Jersey-diner waitresses, and the beginnings of a career in comedy that emerged from a home filled with cigarette smoke, cocktails, sibling craziness, and some interesting advice. I loved this book, often staying up way too late to read "just one more chapter..." It's fun, it's heartfelt, and even at its hardest, Debbie's experiences co Written with intelligence and wit, this highly relatable book opens with tales of 1950s suburbia and offers reflections on friendships, school, travel, crap jobs, Jersey-diner waitresses, and the beginnings of a career in comedy that emerged from a home filled with cigarette smoke, cocktails, sibling craziness, and some interesting advice. I loved this book, often staying up way too late to read "just one more chapter..." It's fun, it's heartfelt, and even at its hardest, Debbie's experiences come across with spirit, resilience, clarity (if sometimes belated), and touching humanness. Enjoy every story, every page.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Schindler

    Debbie Kasper is pretty, funny, and pretty funny too. Her stories about growing up, surviving siblings, parents and the 1960's will resonate for many people. If you're staying in to be Covid-safe, curl up with some childhood memories, Kasper style. Don't miss her new book. Debbie Kasper is pretty, funny, and pretty funny too. Her stories about growing up, surviving siblings, parents and the 1960's will resonate for many people. If you're staying in to be Covid-safe, curl up with some childhood memories, Kasper style. Don't miss her new book.

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    Dawn-marie

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    Debbie Kasper

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