Publication Date: 3/24/2020
Rating: 4 / 5
I received a complimentary advanced listener copy of SAVE YOURSELF by Cameron Esposito for an honest review. Thank you to Libro FM, Hachette Audio, Grand Central Publishing and the author for the chance to read and review!
SAVE YOURSELF is a memoir by stand up comic Cameron Esposito. The memoir looks at her life growing up queer in a Catholic family and attending a conservative Catholic college where sexuality was not protected. It covers how she began to understand her own sexuality and how she revealed her truth to her family. She talks about how she came to discover her path into comedy, complete with the stumbles and the successes along the way. It is a career path which was historically very much populated by straight men.
It is always hard to rate a memoir, but I did really enjoy listing to Cameron Espositio in her own words and her own voice as she did narrate her own audiobook. This is a narrative that doesn’t pull punches and speaks frankly about issues like the sexual abuse and cover ups in the Catholic church, the blatant homophobia of institutions and the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up without knowing your life’s trajectory. This book has language and sexual speech, so good to know that going in.
There has been a lot of talk this week about what a ‘comfort read’ is when the world is in such chaos. While I wouldn’t say this is a typical comfortable read (it isn’t meant to be I don’t think given the often serious subject matter), but comedy is a go to comfort zone for me. I really enjoyed listening to this one while working on some jewelry pieces over the weekend. While serious in subject, this is also a book that brought good comedy and laughs. This is someone I would for sure love to see perform comedy live!
I really enjoyed SAVE YOURSELF by Cameron Esposito and definitely recommend the audiobook version! Keep an eye out for this one when it releases on March 24, 2020!