This second time around, I'm quite a bit older, so the wonky, zany humor didn't quite work for me as well as it did the first time around. I actually didn't read my status updates for this before beginning, so I thought it was funny how I highlighted some of the same passages as I did the first time (it just goes to show, the more we change, the more we stay the same). This is a pretty broad collection of essays and some of the formats worked better than others. I don't really like her "stand-up" or "joke book" bits where she tries to be funny by sharing random thoughts. Her strengths are in regaling her own past antics, like the scene where she thinks she has a nurse named "Labia" because she couldn't make out the scribbled "Latoya" of the nurse operating on her, or how she went to Australia equipped with a kangaroo and a koala onesie to pose with the aforementioned animals. I just thought that was so bizarre. Ditto her apparent love of taxidermied animals, and her idea to get rid of a cat fur problem by laminating her cats (LOL, what).
What I would love to see from this author is just a bound book of photo dumps with stories and captions. Her photos were some of the best parts of this book and I wish there were more of them. I know, I know, they raise the cost of publishing and make people less likely to buy a physical copy, but oh my god. Her photos are everything. And all I want is for Jenny to go on an adventure with her camera and regale us, as if we were there, of her delightful shenanigans.
I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I did the first time but I'm still grateful for what it gave me when I read it as a young(er) woman. Also, I laughed so hard I nearly cried at the mental image of her chasing after her cat with a pair of scissors trying to cut off the bell dangling out of its butthole from the toy it ingested and then passed through. Poor cat. Poor Jenny. Poor scissors.
3 out of 5 stars
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