“Seriously … I’m Kidding” by Ellen Degeneres
After I had my appendix out I spent a great deal of time watching horrible daytime TV since I was unable to physically do anything. I became a little bit hooked on Ellen’s show because it was humorous and interesting. Anyway, cut to a few weeks before Christmas. I was perusing the book section at Target with my mother, when I stumbled across Ellen’s latest book. I opened at a random chapter, read a few lines and found it just as humorous and interesting as her TV show. My mother ended up buying it for me as a Christmas present which I was extremely excited about. I started reading it on Christmas day and finished it in a day or so. Let me confess something. The product did not live up to the hype at all!
Basically, it’s 300-odd pages of pure fluff. The only positive the book really has going for it in my opinion is that it’s easy to read, but I think the humour aspect of it wears thin after the first few chapters. For example, you’ll be reading a chapter on gardening, and Ellen will go off on a tangent which (obviously) has nothing to do with gardening, and then tie the whole chapter together with an “Anyway …” and call it quits. The tangents (which happen most chapters) are supposed to be funny, but it comes across like Ellen is trying too hard to be funny. So, one can deduce that the humour Ellen uses on her show loses a great deal when put on paper.
I found it hard to maintain interest in this book, despite it being easy to read. Each chapter offers the reader a new topic, which in theory should keep the reader interested enough to turn the page, however I just wasn’t interested. Turns out that the chapter I randomly opened to when I was in Target turned out to be one of the few chapters that I actually enjoyed. What are the odds huh?
In all honestly, if you’re looking for a book that you can just pick and and put down and when the mood suits you and you don’t mind if there’s no real plot, then this book would be perfect for you. There are a few passages that made me laugh, or that I could relate to, however there weren’t enough of these passages in the book to keep me engaged. However, personally I didn’t find this book engaging enough. I enjoy a bit of a challenge when I read and this book just didn’t do anything for me. Definitely disappointed!
Overall rating: 2/5