JDubs Review of “Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (And Free Lemonade)”

The book has three parts and 21 chapters giving cautionary advice or life lessons.

There was nothing new or unique to see here. A quick read meant to be light and breezy or tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately falls flat to me. The lessons were in joke form and in some cases too crass to be funny. I’m all for sarcasm but certain topics are serious. For example, Jeffrey Dahmer jokes aren’t funny to me.

The redeeming grace were the following for my commonplace book:

When I was young, time was irrelevant. Summers were endless and the possibilities were infinite. – Ali

If you didn’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes, don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth. – As the saying goes.

Assuming makes an ass only out of me. Ali

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll have to be a horrible warning. – Catherine Aird

Not bad to get four quotes. Might be good fodder for Wednesdays. Nice reminders actually but I’ve read better.

Addendum: The author told a story that wasn’t hers to tell. She made some sweeping generalizations in the telling. I’m changing my final rating …

Final rating 2.5 out of 5 stars ✨

Side notes 📝 not part of the review:

  • We’re of the same generation not even a month apart in age (I’m older).
  • I don’t think we’d have run in the same circles though. Despite her self-deprecating manner, I bet she was popular.
  • She loves dogs 🐕 maybe as much as I do and got a dog to deal with an almost empty nest.

As always more to come.

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