Published by William Morrow
Purchased for my Nook (272 pages)
Genre: Non-fiction: Memoir
Goodreads Summary: “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.)
Agorafabulous! was a delightful read. Sara’s very relatable, and it was fun to read her take on what it’s like to be agoraphobic and her struggles with anxiety and depression. There were times when I couldn’t stop laughing, and it was great to see her (mostly) humorous look at what she’s been through. It was pretty light-hearted, which I really liked, because it’s a nice change from a serious look at your past-type of memoir.
It was great to see that she made it through something that was so crippling for her, and it is inspiring to see her go from a student who’s scared to go to the bathroom to someone who leads a successful life and is able to manage any anxiety that comes up.
You get a look at why she didn’t leave her home- for her, staying home was the sensible decision because if she left, she’d die. And honestly? Her thought process makes perfect sense to me, and it really does show how horrible and debilitating anxiety can be.
I liked that you (briefly) saw what life was like before her crippling anxiety and life after. It’s pretty focused on a specific time period time. I liked that because you don’t get a long story about everything leading up to her college years and how getting treated for it was this life-changing event. But a little more context would have been nice too.
Agorafabulous! was a fun read but also a little inspiring. It gets a 4 out of 5.