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Poorly constructed, unfunny for long passages,
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This review is from: How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop (Kindle Edition)I enjoy the journalism of Grace Dent. Not so much her television reviews, but her pieces about her own life are often charming and full of the wit and humour she is known for. Unfortunately, she left that at the door when writing this book.
The first section is just some lists that become a struggle to read very quickly- she later states how twitter users need to be able to skim read due to the style and layout of tweets, so to open the book with page upon page of tweet sized bullet points that often are neither amusing nor engaging seems like a poor choice.
Things pick up a little in the middle, though often points get repeated. There is one section in particular where I got an overwhelming sense that I had heard it all before, was it in one of her columns? Or on twitter itself? No, it was in this very book not 3 pages prior- surely an editor would notice this and take it out? The feminist section smacks of sour grapes- though she has a right to be annoyed about amusing ladies being cut out of panel shows, to put herself on a pedestal as a 'funny woman' whilst singling out Jamelia as being an unfunny woman (when I have seen both being equally as unamusing on tv) is a little unfair and somewhat boastful (coming as it does between 2 sections in which she complains about people boasting on twitter).
Finally, close to the end we get to the actual subject matter of how to leave twitter and return to the unamusing list formula. Page after page of "When you [hypothetical situation in which you use twitter instead of doing your job/ looking after your kids/ having dialysis] then you need to leave twitter!" which are in no way amusing.
In summary, do you love twitter? In a way that only an unemployed/ student/ work from home person could? If you do, open @gracedent's twitter feed and skim-read until you are content. Anyone else, avoid this book. If you like Grace Dent look at some of her magazine articles online and save yourself both some pence and an overwhelming feeling of being cheated.
Oh, and though one shouldn't judge a book by the cover- imagine a school in the late 90's. For a GCSE Design tech project, the class has to design the jacket of a book using windows 98 programmes. One girl thinks she is particularly amusing and also wants her own image next to her hilarious title. Teacher says her title is not only too long, but in fact three titles. She doesn't care and subsequently hands in a confusing block of badly fitted text with a photo of her doing a pose sellotaped on. She gets a D- and most of that is for effort