I am surprised I managed to read a book. It has been a very exhausting week. As you may or may not know, I have started a new job, and my first week they gave me like thirty hours. (Which is awesome -- I wanted the hours, but that is a lot of hours, especially with people beaning information at you all the time, from every which way. @_@) I've been super busy, basically, and haven't had time to write, much less read.
Anyway, I worked a split shift that ended just before midnight, and when I came home I was too sore to sleep so I picked up this book. ENTERTAIN ME, I demanded, and the poor book, it tried to comply, but it just couldn't live up to my expectations. I mean, with a title like I LICK MY CHEESE, I was expecting something hilarious and brilliant ... but instead, I received a "meh."
The notes themselves were pretty amusing. I've lived with roommates and, like, 75% of the time, I'd say everything is fine, and you're just doing your thing. But then there's that 25% of the time where everything the other person (or persons) does just makes you want to pull a Norman Bates and stab them in the shower. Some of these notes made me nod knowingly. Some of them seemed to suggest a half-told story that made me wonder what the deal with the other half was. Some were cute. Some were frightening. And some just weren't all that remarkable.
I think what bothered me the most about I LICK MY CHEESE is Oonagh O Hagan's commentary. She seems to think she's hilarious, but she is not. It's like watching America's Funniest Home Videos on an off-day. The person doing the narrating thinks they're a hoot, the audience has been paid to laugh, and the viewer is just sitting there, going, "What the fuck?"
Maybe if the commentary had been removed to make room for more notes, this would have been a better book. I was hoping for an art book in the style of PostSecret and instead I got ... I don't know. A Myspace picture slideshow before Myspace died, looking at a not-so-good friend's painfully unsuccessful attempts at being funny. That's what this is.
2 out of 5 stars.