Review: Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

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I’m excited to tell you that this is my fifth book this year. I haven’t reviewed those prior to this but I’m working on it.

Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedienne, actress, writer, producer and television host of the multi award-winning Ellen DeGeneres Show.
I can’t say too much on her writing skills because I’ve only read this one book and it’s her third.

The book takes a conversational tone with the reader with scenarios where Ellen stops to take a call or grab a sandwich. She shares her opinion on life in general and her on career successes and failures through her journal entries and encourages the reader to be persistent in pursuit of a career goal.

Ellen elaborates on raising children and her decision not to have any of her own with her wife Porsche. She also details on other random aspects of human life like meditation, distractions and gambling.

To be honest, I made it to the end of this book only because Ellen has such an entertaining sense of humor. She makes a lot of salient points about life and living a fulfilled one as I’ll elaborate in my subsequent post.

However, I found the book to be lacking, having no particular focus, direction or theme, but I guess that’s what happens when you have a writing contract you have to fulfill. It felt like chatting with a nice old lady, who digressed and rambled on for a few minutes, then recovered, cracked a joke and cackled endlessly.

Often enough I found myself feeling like “Oh Ellen get on with it already…” and then she said something really funny and I started laughing out loud. Perhaps I’m just not used to the conversational tone in which the book was written.

I’m also slightly disappointed in the editor’s work. First, I came across two grammatical errors that could have been easily spotted through diligent proofreading, and next, a lot of chatter and repetition could have been done away with. But, it’s a small book so, I guess if they had cut out extraneous materials we would be left with an article by Ellen.

But, it’s Ellen.
She’s sweet, smart and funny and we love her.
And oh, the back cover of the book so cool!
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You’ll find my takeaways in my next post!

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