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Ellen Degeneres, well known actress, comedian, talk show host, and author, has brought many fans to tears with both kind efforts and her seriously funny and witty personality. As such, my expectation for her third book, Seriously…I’m Kidding, was that it would mirror the always funny, lighthearted America’s sweetheart. My initial thought before reading was that it would be a direct translation of Degeneres’ mind, which loosely touches upon topics like happiness, inner beauty, the secret to life (spoiler: it’s kale), LGBTQ issues, pilates, and gay marriage. Degeneres’ book is not plot-based like a narrative, therefore it can be picked up at anytime without feeling lost.

Unfortunately, I found the book to be bland and unfocused in thought. Essentially, her Finding Nemo character, Dory, could have easily written it. The book unfolds into 52 chapters of commentary, which only become progressively worse in content. I found Degeneres’ book to be incoherent and scattered, written in the form of various disordered post it notes, random memories and noises. Yes, noises – as in an entire chapter with words like “memememememe” or “bwabwabwabwabwa”. The book lacked an essential flow and logical progression in a reading experience, such as when Degeneres went from discussing smiling to an unrelated tangent about astronauts.  While I would not recommend Seriously…I’m Kidding to anyone who seeks quality content and substance in their books, this reading experience does not change my feelings toward the woman that has an uncanny ability to make me smile daily.

Ellen, you are loved and treasured by all, but even you are susceptible to flops, which this book certainly is.

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