You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart
Published: May 26th, 2015 by Plume
Genre(s): Non-fiction, memoir, humor
Pages: 288 pgs.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The riotously funny debut from the drinking star with a YouTube problem
Since launching her YouTube channel “You Deserve a Drink” in 2011, comedian Mamrie Hart has built an intensely devoted following of more than half a million viewers. Like her bawdy and bacchanalian show, Hart’s eponymous debut pays tribute to her boozy misadventures with an original cocktail recipe accompanying each hilarious tale. From the “Leaves of Three Martini,” commemorating the hookup to whom she accidentally gave poison ivy, to the “Bizzargarita,” in honor of the time she and a friend were approached by two uber-Republican couples who wanted to “swing” while on vacation in Mexico, You Deserve a Drink is as useful as it is entertaining.
If Grace Helbig serves as the Internet’s awkward older sister, then Mamrie Hart is that cool sister that takes lots of shots with you when you visit her apartment. Much a bunch of other YouTuber’s, Hart has decided to take her brand of humor from a digital to analog format with a memoir chronicling some of the more raucous events that have taken her to this point in her life. Unlike Helbig’s book, however, this one does prove to be a more traditional memoir format and less of a guide on how to craft the perfect cocktail while undesirables on the subway. Apparently there are a lot of shenanigans on the NYC subway system, unlike the DC metro where you’re shunned if you so much as cough on the train. But I digress.
Throughout Hart’s book, the readers are treated to the many ways in which her life has been improved — or hindered — by drinking. (Hint: it’s mostly been improved.) The conversational, breezy style of her writing makes it so easy to become immersed in the outrageous stories unfolding on the pages; it really does, at times, feel like you’re sitting at a bar surrounded by friends with her regaling of times past. Do be warned, though, that Hart’s sense of humor is not for the faint of
Hart heart. These stories really do get into some raunchier or maybe more juvenile things — there’s an entire chapter devoted to trying to relieve a major bout of constipation while abroad — and her language is definitely rated R. Luckily, my mouth is just as bad as hers, so I did not mind in the slightest. It actually endeared me to her even more to read someone who just did not care about projecting some kind of specific image to her audience; You Deserve a Drink is really all about preserving the authentic experience of all of her debauchery, to borrow her word. Very few “comedic” books actually manage to make me laugh out loud, but there were multiple points during which I had to put the book down to gather myself from laughing so hard. Her wit is biting and unapologetic, which just gets straight to my funny bone, apparently.
One of the cooler things about Hart’s webseries is the built-in drinking game: take a drink every time she makes a terrible pun about the week’s subject. Not to be outdone by anyone but herself, Hart’s expertly crafted her book to include a drinking game, as well. Not only does each chapter start with its own unique cocktail designed to perfectly set the tone of the proceeding pages, but one is supposed to take a drink every time she mentions a 90’s tv show, a snack you can get at 7-11 or some kind of slang term for genitals. (You’d be surprised at how much all three of these are mentioned even on the same page.) Luckily, I was mostly reading this book at work so I didn’t get to drink myself into the emergency room like I’m sure she hoped would happen. Not to mention, a lot of the drinks she concocted for the book actually sounded Absolut-ely delightful, so I had no choice but to take pictures of the recipes to use for later. I do deserve a drink, damn it.
All in all, Hart more than exceeded my expectations with her book. As mentioned in my previous review for Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up, I never really have been one to latch myself to particular YouTube celebrities. However, after reading this book, I might have found a kindred spirit in Mamrie Hart. If there’s one thing that she truly knows, it’s that the way to a girl’s heart is through her well-used liver.
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