26 April 2013

Review: Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

Published: 11 October 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 323 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Memoir, Humour

Source: Own library


Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? 

Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me? 

I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. 

Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.

My Thoughts

Although I enjoy the occasional non-fiction book, it's very rare that I read memoirs - I can't even really say why, but perhaps I'm just not that interested in the lives of 'famous' people and I'd just rather throw myself into a made-up world.   Miranda Hart is one of my favourite English comedians, and I've been a huge fan since the first episode of her sitcom, Miranda, and her awkwardness had me snickering and also feeling a sense of camaraderie with her semi-fictional character so I put aside my normal aversion and gave her memoir a try.

I was a little tentative about her book however, as it is essentially a conversation with her eighteen-year-old self in parts, and what I really wanted was just some of her funny observations about life and stories of her funniest life moments.  However, although there are conversations with her younger self, the funny stories and awkward moments were far more prominent and had me smirking and even laughing and reading parts out loud to my boyfriend occasionally   Structured into subjects such as be
auty, dating and weddings, this is one of the rare books that had me smiling almost all the way through.

But I found more than I thought I would as the book progressed - as well as telling the outrageously funny stories of her own social awkwardness, Miranda Hart also talks about how although her life hasn't turned out the way she imagined as a teenager, she is completely comfortable and happy with her life as it is and the things she thought would make her life complete are not the things that she really needed in life.  This was something that I wasn't actually expected to come away with from this book, and it also gave me more respect for Miranda herself.

This is really a book for Miranda Hart fans - I think you'd need to be familiar with her to really understand her sense of humour, because hearing her voice in my head whilst I was reading was what made it really hilarious.  Or just imagine someone in a bit of a posh, yet panickedly-shrill voice reading it aloud to you.


  1. I added this one to my TBR after you mentioned it in a Showcase Sunday (I think). I'd never heard of her before that but I can find some of her work on youtube, I'm sure. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I'm sure you could - she's absolutely hilarious!

  2. I have no idea who Miranda Hart is but this sounds great. I've read a few funny Nora Ephron memoirs even though they aren't usually something I enjoy.

    1. I'm so not a memoir person, unless it's someone that I feel a kind of connection too, and she's so funny and down-to-earth.

  3. I have no idea who Miranda Hart is so I think I'll go with a bit of posh, panicky voice reading aloud to me. LOl!

    P.S. New Blog theme, yay!

    1. In a way I wish I'd gotten the audio, I'm sure it's hilarious!

  4. I am going to have to add this to my TBR. I feel a bit so much connection with the awkward, clumsy characters that she plays and I just adore her.

    I'm glad that you enjoyed this book overall. Great review!

    1. She is so funny - I can totally relate to some of the situations she finds herself in.

  5. I think Miranda Hart is hilarious! I had no idea that she had a book. I'm going to have to see if my library has it.



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