Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

Title: It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)
Author: Nora McInerny Purmort
Published: May 24th 2016
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Memoir/Humor
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Joining the ranks of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Carry On, Warrior, a fierce, hysterically funny memoir that reminds us that comedy equals tragedy plus time.

Twentysomething Nora McInerny bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They made mix tapes (and pancakes) into the wee hours of the morning. They finished each other’s sentences. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world.

Now, Nora shares hysterical, moving, and painfully honest stories about her journey with Aaron. It’s Okay to Laugh explores universal themes of love, marriage, work, (single) motherhood, and depression through her refreshingly frank viewpoint. A love letter to life, in all of its messy glory, and what it’s like to still be kickin', It’s Okay to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).

My Thoughts:

I discovered this book by chance on Twitter when someone I followed tweeted about reading this book. I hadn't heard of it so I checked it out on Goodreads to see what it was about. I was immediately intrigued and wanted to read it badly. So I did.

Nora's memoir was a journey of humor through sadness. She has this way with words, and in her manner of thinking, that makes you smile and chuckle in between tearing up. Each chapter is about a different moment in her life, and they all tie together for a really lovely memoir.

Even though I wouldn't compare it to Jenny Lawson's memoir, it is still an extremely touching and often amusing book. Nora McInerny Purmort is someone I can admire for her bravery and her ability to find humor in the little things. Not many people can do that. If she writes another book, I would definitely pick it up.

My Rating:


  1. Hey a post! I've seen this one around but worried it would be too sad. I'm glad to hear it has some humor to lighten it up.

    1. Hey indeed! The humor definitely lightens up the subject matter.


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