Summary (from Goodreads):
“`I subscribe to the notion that if you can laugh at the shittiest moments in your life, you can transcend them. And if other people can laugh at your awful shit as well, then I guess you can officially call yourself a comedian.’
In Boston, a college student fears leaving her own room–even to use the toilet. In Pennsylvania, a meek personal assistant finally confronts a perpetually enraged gay spiritual guru. In Texas, a rookie high school teacher deals with her male student’s unusually, er, hard personal problem. Sara Benincasa has been that terrified student, that embattled employee, that confused teacher–and so much more. Her hilarious memoir chronicles her attempts to forge a wonderfully weird adulthood in the midst of her lifelong struggle with agoraphobia, depression, and unruly hair.
Relatable, unpretentious, and unsentimental, Agorafabulous! celebrates eccentricity, resilience, and the power of humor to light up even the darkest corners of our lives. (There are also some sexy parts, but they’re really awkward. Like really, really awkward.)”
This book is literally laugh out loud funny but as a disclaimer, there are also parts that will make you cringe. (The first example is on the second page, and is the most disturbing depiction of suicide ever. It’s not graphic but it’s such a horrible way to die that it stuck with me throughout the rest of the book—and will probably stick with me forever.)
Even besides being really funny, it’s also thought-provoking. I always say that I’m about two steps away from being agoraphobic because I am such a hermit that it’s not even funny. Turns out that if that’s true, those are two very important steps.
I admire Sara Benincasa so much for the things that she shares in this book. She’s very willing to expose her life—even the parts that make her look…well, weird. SO much respect for that, because I have such a hangup on how people perceive me.