Your So-Called Life: It’s About to Get Better

Life — or at least MY life — really confuses me sometimes.

Back in the day, when I was having problems with weird boys or shady friends, I’d watch My So-Called Life and get the answer. It often worked. (It remains my favorite show of all time, by the way. It surpasses even BUFFY!)

And while I grew older (and some may say more refined), I remained Angela in a Sharon body, secretly wanting to be Rayanne, and having an absolute need for having boys like Jordan in my life.

And so, it got to be sort of frustrating that post MSCL, there was no longer a guide. I hit 30, still had the same problems (sad but true), and there was no one to tell me what to do. Except my mother, but yeah…her guide to life is to get married and have babies (preferably Jewish), preferably while still living within driving distance in Brooklyn.

Enter the aptly titled Your So-Called Life: A Guide to Boys, Body Issues, and other Big Girl Dramas, by my good friends Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler. I mean, the reality is that the old advice doesn’t really work anymore. I’m technically an adult — even if I don’t have any idea what I”m doing half the time — and I need to take my advice from other adults, preferably those who do not have hair in the shade of Crimson Glow.

They have interviews with more than thirty experts—including doctors, career counselors, and financial planners—on everything from growing pains (yes, we still have them), to when all your friends are in a relationship and judge you because you’re not, to having jobs that don’t pay enough, to apartments that aren’t big enough, to asses that are just too big, to how decipher Facebook.

It’s basically become my new bible — which is why I was so excited to attend the launch tweet-up at Bliss 49 in New York last week. (Pictured with the authors, Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler, and my good friend Amber Katz of Beauty Blogging Junkie.)

It’s all about the concept of “redo-berty” (or thrisis, as I love to throw around now!) – and it’s just as awkward as when I was a teen who was 80 pounds overweight with bad teeth and worse hair. I still have little boobs — it’s still an issue! — and now, instead of being sad that my besties have boyfriends, I am sad that everyone thinks I should be married and have a bigger apartment.

And I’m not alone. All my girlfriends have issues — whether it’s dead-end relationship, no concept of what to do with their life, or just, well, the boob thing. And this book has advice on EVERYTHING, without being preachy – in fact, it’s pretty funny – and witty – and fabulously written. Just like My So-Called Life.

Who says we can’t go home again?


1 Response to “Your So-Called Life: It’s About to Get Better”

  1. 1 Ellyn
    October 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    YES, this is what I wish for you!

    Love ya,


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