Title: The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters With the Human Race
Author: Sara Barron
Genre/Audience: Memoir, humor, adult
Publication: Three Rivers Press, 2014
Source: For review
The Harm in Asking is an odd, bizarre, and pretty funny book of anecdotes and stories about author Sara Barron’s strange life. I’m a big fan of memoirs and quirky people, so this book fit the bill quite nicely! I’m a bit quirky myself and could find myself relating to her in strange ways.
The stories range from her childhood up to the present, and cover a huge variety of topics, some funnier than others. The topics include things like roommates, dating, college, and work, amongst many other things. I definitely found some funny moments that caught me chuckling or smiling. I also found some moments where I was kind of saying “wtf?!” Some of her stories are just downright bizarre, I have to admit, and not quite as funny. I didn’t find anything in here to be laugh-out-loud funny, but as I said, I did find quite a bit of humor in reading this. I definitely liked her casual tone; it makes you feel like you’re sitting and listening to an old friend.
All in all, I’d say this was an enjoyable read, but not a favorite nor one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It was funny enough though, and I would definitely read her writing again.
My Rating: 3/5