October 26, 2016

Suped Up: The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro

Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Length: 5h 52m
Narrated By: Hillary Huber
Release Date: July 22, 2002
Publisher: Villard | Tantor Audio
Source: Borrowed via Overdrive
Genre: Memoir-Humor

Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that's before she even puts on a bra.

For the past ten years, Notaro has been entertaining Phoenix newspaper readers with her wildly amusing autobiographical exploits and unique life experiences. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised she woke up in the first place.

The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls ("too cool to be in the Smart Group") unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it.

I was feeling antsy one day and decided to browse Overdrive for funny and available audiobooks. Laurie Notaro's THE IDIOT GIRL'S ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUB caught my attention, it's kinda hard to skip a humorous memoir with a catchy title as this right? Also I identify with the "idiot" crowd so I thought I'd give it a shot. Before anything else, I have to mention that I'm not familiar with LNotaro, her column, writing, or any of that so I started listening to this one blind with high hopes that it'll be worth my 5 hours or so. 

Boy, if I could literally roll with laughter without losing my diginity, I would've done so totally. Insteadd I contained myself to LOLs, and LMAO's because LNotaro is so. Effing. Funny! I'm not sure if millenials can appreciate some of the anecdotes as a few of them happened pre-2000, so there's that caveat, but if you're not one of the selfie-generation, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of THE IDIOT GIRL'S ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUB

The humor is PG, self-deprecating, dry at times, and reminiscent of sitcoms. I'm particular when it comes to comedy, I want it smart, a little crass, and not overtly sexual or borderline nasty, and LNotaro met those with high marks! From dumpster diving in NY during the Summer, to dating woes, drunken nights, the single life, children, and fela infestation, THE IDIOT GIRL'S ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUB kept me entertained and laughing at all times. So if you need a pick-me-upper, a great laugh, or something that will make you feel a little bit better about yourself, I suggest you spend time with LNotaro, she'll have you in stitches from beginning to end.

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  1. I'm totally adding this to my TBR. A Clumsy Life is definitely what I lead, LOL, and the humor sounds like just my sort of thing. Glad it made you laugh so much!

  2. I saw this on your BBB list and was so curious- yep, title. So glad it met up to promise. I miss Erma and this sounds like a newer version. Going on the list. Thanks, Braine!

  3. Oh I'm going shopping on overdrive to see if my library has this audio book Braine. Great review glad it suped you up!

  4. This sounds like so much fun! Great review!

  5. I'm not familiar with this writer either, but I do love a funny read! I'm glad this was a winner for you.


  6. Oh it sounds great, different but great! I always love humorous novels!

  7. Ahh... I need this. I am so in need of light and funny. I can't believe I didn't know of this lady, I lived in PHX but I moved away almost ten years ago, so that might be why. I will see if I can get this on overdrive.

  8. This sounds like something I'd totally enjoy! Love that title, too. ;)

  9. I haven't read a book like this in years. It sounds so good! I love humor!

  10. You and Grace, another fellow blogger have really been making me want to read some memoirs, especially the funny once.

  11. This sounds really good. I love a good memoir. I don't read many of them, and the ones I have, are celebrities (Kevin Smith, Carrie Fisher, Carey Elwes). I do love Hillary Huber. I might have to give this one a try. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  12. Well that sounds fun :D Woohoo for an awesome library find!


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