Review

An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales From the Top of the Naughty List

by Laurie Notaro


The air is crisp, the malls are full, your wallet's empty. Throw in some carols, stressed-out shoppers, sugarplums, never-ending lines, truffles, tinsel, tantrums and Laurie Notaro, and you're experiencing the most wonderful time of the year!

AN IDIOT GIRL'S CHRISTMAS is far and away the funniest Christmas book I have ever read. Within the first eight pages of this delightfully twisted look at the hectic Christmas season, I laughed so hard I literally fell off my chair. There has never been a book that captures the stress and humor of the season like this, and undoubtedly it will become a Christmas classic for holiday-crazed women everywhere.

This is yet another gold star on Notaro's growing list of books that includes THE IDIOT GIRL'S ACTION ADVENTURE CLUB and WE THOUGHT YOU'D BE PRETTIER. But this latest effort takes Notaro's slanted and quirky humor to a new level.

It showcases the Notaro family at their best, with the twinkling tree and in all their Christmas finery. The holiday stress that we can all understand (the crazy party guests, the "re-gift," and the horror of having to make a trip to K-Mart on Christmas Eve) is given a voice, and in that voice you too can find humor in the chaos and commotion of the holiday season.

With chapter titles like "O Holy Night or The Year I Ruined Christmas", "Jingle Hell" and "Christmas Death Trap," those already familiar with Notaro's humor can only imagine the twisted tales of "Christmas magic" that she weaves between the covers of this book. And if you're not familiar with Notaro's previous works, AN IDIOT GIRL'S CHRISTMAS is the perfect prescription for anyone suffering from Grinch syndrome. There is no way you can read it and not laugh out loud!

So get yourself some cocoa, put the shopping list away, let the wrapping wait, and curl up with AN IDIOT GIRL'S CHRISTMAS. It definitely will be your most enjoyable and humorous indulgence of the season.

Reviewed by Jill McAfee (jill@lehualani.com) on January 22, 2011

An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales From the Top of the Naughty List
by Laurie Notaro

  • Publication Date: November 1, 2005
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Villard
  • ISBN-10: 1400064368
  • ISBN-13: 9781400064366