When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn’t she going with friends? Wouldn’t it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one… why? But Abbi had always found comfort in solitude, and needed space to step back and hit the reset button. As she spent time in each city and town on her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions — What do I really want? What is the worst possible scenario in which I could run into my ex? How has the decision to wear my shirts tucked in been pivotal in my adulthood?
In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections — all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike — readers will feel like they’re in the passenger seat on a fun and, ultimately, inspiring journey. With some original illustrations by the author.
Author: Abbi Jacobson
“The things we are most afraid of are the things that will ultimately change our whole makeup.”
I checked this audiobook out of the library because it was Girls’ Night In‘s December book club pick. Abbi narrated it herself, which is always great. (I highly recommend listening to memoirs when the author reads them.) The book was really personal, totally real, and a true delight to listen to. Oh, and definitely very funny.
Basically, Abbi went through a devastating heartbreak and decided to go on a cross-country road trip by herself to try to heal. The book chronicles her trip with a bunch of anecdotes and other stories from her life thrown in. I marveled at the mastery with which Abbi strung everything together. I can’t imagine taking stock of all those things she wanted to say and finding a way to weave them into the timeline of her roadtrip…but she did just that, and she did it in a way that feels seamless and keeps the readers engaged.
I’ve listened to a lot of memoirs, and I don’t often feel like I’m friends with the author when I’m done. But I kind of feel that way now. She comes across warm, friendly, down-to-earth, and also like a boss. Absolutely worth your time, without question!