Wednesday, October 6, 2021

You Did What? Secrets, Confessions & Outrageous Stories from Real Life - Tova Leigh

Summary:  Have you ever wondered what other people get up to when they think no on'e slooking?  Do you have a mortifying secret of your own you've never dared share?  Don't worry: these funny, sexy, hair-raising and heart-warming confessions will reassure you that you're by no means alone.  They've all been collected by bestselling author and digital creator Tova Leigh, who shares a few shocking stories of her own....   (Summary from back of book - Image from amazon.com)

My Review:   I think it's important to let you know from the outset that I didn't finish this book.  I accepted it for review based upon a cover image and the following description:

YOU DID WHAT? A fantastic collection of funny, moving, and outrageous confessions from people from all walks of life, chosen and introduced by popular digital creator & bestselling author Tova Leigh. 

Had I done any research whatsoever, I would have known this book probably wasn't for me.  My naïve little brain thought I was going to read a book filled with embarrassing stories (a la Can you believe my daughter pulled my skirt up in the grocery store) or parenting confessions (a la I lock myself in the pantry to get a little peace and quiet).  That sort of thing.  Stuff I could potentially read out loud and laugh about with my husband or teens.  What arrived in the mail was most definitely not suitable for the kind of dramatic reading I had envisioned.   Long story short, it was exceptionally explicit.  I didn't figure that out right away though, so I'll give you my initial impressions.

You Did What? has four main chapters: Parenting Confessions, Revenge & In the Office Confessions, Sex & Relationship Confessions, and Bodily Fluids Confessions.  Yup, you read that right.  Bodily Fluids Confessions.  I cringe a little just typing it.  Once I saw the chapter headings, I knew I probably wasn't going to read the whole book, but figured I could try to read the Parenting and Revenge/Office sections, skim or skip the Sex section, and tentatively explore the Fluids section unless it became too icky.  Parenting and Revenge/Office contained entries that alternated between hilarious, sad, serious, gross, and just plain genius (parenting hacks!).  While I didn't personally identify with all of the entries, I could see how they might be cathartic for others to read.  My last hope was that all the more explicit entries would be contained in the one section I planned to skip but, unfortunately they were present in all of the sections.  Then, when I got to the Sex section, I was rather surprised to find that it took up most of the rest of the book.  I was sad because I knew that there were probably entries in it that weren't explicit, but I didn't want to wade through all the TMI in order to find them.  Anyway, I flipped to the final section, read a few entries, and quickly decided that my stomach couldn't handle it.  

Ultimately, I decided to protect my own headspace and threw in the proverbial towel.   I am sure that there are scads of people who would 'LOL' their way through You Did What? and never bat an eye at the content -- I'm just not one of them.  

My Rating:  1 Star.

For the Sensitive Reader:   Plenty of profanity and frank discussion of sexual matters.  If you are bothered by profanity or the sexually explicit, this book is not for you. 

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