So I figured I hadn't done any book reviews in awhile, which means i am overdue for one....
TITLE: Dumbfounded: Big Money. Big Hair. Big Problems. Or Why Having It All Isn't For Sissies
AUTHOR: Matt Rothschild
SUMMARY: A self-described chubby kid with a “Jewfro” hairdo, Rothschild was raised by his maternal grandparents after his mother decided she would rather live in Italy with her fourth husband than raise a son. Rothschild’s grandmother, Sophie, a sassy senior with a mouth like a sewer, ruled the manor at her family’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. (Even in the 1990s, the Rothschilds were the sole Jewish residents in the building.) Young Matt is a hopeless misfit—both inside his home and out. He forever aspires to win the praise of his grandfather, who wishes he’d try out for a sports team rather than sport his grandmother’s dresses. He attempts to earn the sympathy of his grade-school classmates by pretending his mother committed suicide. He’s eventually shipped off to a boarding school, his sexual confusion reaching its peak when he shares a room with the campus stud. Rothschild, who readily admits to changing names, places, and events, labors a bit too hard for laughs in this occasionally funny but ultimately contrived debut. --Allison Block**
I happen to come across the hardcover copy of this book in Books-a-Million sale stock for 2 dollars. Unable to pass up such a deal (especially when the front cover had a quote from Jen Lancaster about how funny the book is), I devoured this book on my off time from work. It's not perfect (and life isn't either) and sometimes you can feel the author's anger towards his mother dripping through the pages. But its still a great memoir and a really funny read.
** From booklist found on Amazon