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Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Having a Bad Life: A Memoir

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A lot of bad decisions with some good ones (career-wise) peppered in here and there.

Years ago, I swore off taking people's suggestions, particularly those that had anything to do with books. You see, back in 2008 I got tricked into reading Twilight and I've never recovered. I've trusted approximately no one since. I pick my own books, which works in my favor as a reviewer for Reedsy. Or at least it did until I picked my first book.


Based on its synopsis, I chose Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Having a Bad Life by Lew Kempfer. "Explosive and compelling." "Rapid-fire narrative and self-deprecating humor". "Situations that, as his friends would say, could only happen to Lewis". I love a good memoir, especially one that falls under the category of humor, so this was right up my alley. It wasn't.


While his story isn't short of drama, it is short on the humor and the "situations that could only happen to Lewis". In regards to the humor, my only critique will be this: STOP MAKING MONICA LEWINSKI JOKES. They weren't funny when Jay Leno made them and they're not funny when you make them, Lewis and every other person in existence. It's 2020, wake up. In regards to his "situations", they're actually scenarios that any crackhead would find themselves in. Aside from the sex and drugs, he's ultimately someone who had low self-esteem, due in part to a rough upbringing, and was bad at relationships and good at quitting things. That's everyone. I've already quit, like, four things this year and we're barely in March.


Other than the stories being similar to those I've read in other memoirs (these situations DO happen to people other than Lewis), my only other problem with the book is it read more like a diary than a memoir. It's written year by year. Year. By. Year. Almost zero consolidation which made for a very long trip, for both of us.


I can't say it's all bad, though. Lewis isn't a bad writer (EXCEPT FOR THE MONICA LEWINSKI "JOKE") and the book does serve a purpose: if you do drugs and are co-dependent, these are the things that can happen to you. So don't be like that.


I can't say that I was a fan of this book or that I would recommend reading it. I know I wouldn't read it again. But what do I know about books? I read Twilight.

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I'm going to be a published author one day and I believe this would be a great opportunity for me to learn more about how the process works from beginning to end. I review books on my site which really just gives me another outlet to write jokes.

Prelude: Death Wish

About the author

Lewis Kempfer grew up in Denver. In 1995 he was offered a deal to be a country singer and relocated to Nashville. There he co-founded the Boiler Room Theatre where he wrote “That ’60s Christmas Show.” His six-year body of work at the Boiler Room led to a dream job with the Walt Disney Company. view profile

Published on September 09, 2019

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110000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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