So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she’s always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese).Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents for a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hol...

Details So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

TitleSo Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook

Reviews So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

  • Lola
    Having never watched Parks and Recreation (I’ll allow one single tomato thrown at my feet), I really didn’t know who Retta was before picking this book up.But I did learn she's a comedian, so I jumped on the chance to read this one. My different experiences with memoirs from comedians have each been pleasant in the past (my do I love Tiffany Haddish’s memoir!), so I couldn’t wait to let my mind be filled with all things Retta!It really do...
  • abby
    Before Retta delivered the most memorable line Parks and Recreation, she was cast as a character that didn't have a single line in the pilot. Before that, she traveled across the country doing stand up to college students, sometimes next to the smoothie bar in the dining hall. And before that, she was a premed student at Duke and the child of Liberian immigrants who put family above all else.I'm not even going to pretend. I chose this book not ou...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.Confession: I had absolutely no idea who Retta was and I have never watched one episode of Parks and Recreation. But I like to read something light and So Close to Being the Shit Y'all Don't Even Know once again proved that laughter is the best medicine. This book isn't set to hit stores until June but my very public outbursts of laughing until my sides hurt caused severa...
  • Heather
    **I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.**I'll be honest. I don't watch TV. So, I had no idea who Retta was when I entered to win this book. Or when I read it. But the book is awesome, and she seems like someone I want to be friends with. So smart. SO funny. You won't be disappointed by this book one iota. It's really good!
  • Valerity (Val)
    I was very much in the need for some humor and this memoir fits the bill. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this new book by Marietta Sirleaf aka ‘Retta as I’m not that familiar with her. I do get the whole PARKS AND REC connection but haven’t seen the series. But count me as a new fan of hers after reading her memoir. She’s smart, having a college degree from a major university. Her folks immigrated from Liberia and raised her to b...
  • Alaina Meserole
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.I AM IN LOVE WITH RHETTA!I haven't even seen the show Parks and Recreation BUT I do know the "treat yo self" line! I say it all the time to myself.. when I'm looking at books.Now I honestly don't know how many nonfiction books I've read before this one.. but I do know that I enjoyed them at one point if not the whole book. Before I dive into this review, let me tell you.. I loved this b...
  • Taryn Pierson
    A lot of page space spent on topics I don't personally care about (designer handbags? NHL hockey?), but then the last chapter was about Hamilton. Me = bought in 100%!
  • Kimberly
    TREAT YO S(H)ELF and read this book! I legit laughed out loud at her stories, several of which are super relatable. Even though I watched her on Parks & Rec, it's her social media that makes me a big fan of hers. She is hysterical AF and I knew her book had to be just as funny. Get. The. Audio. and listen to her tell it! Also, if you follow her you know she's a Hamil-maniac. She has a whole chapter on her obsession that if she wasn't so awesome y...
  • Erin Cataldi
    This book was a damn treat! I feel like I'm in the Parks and Rec Book Club because I HAVE TO read all the books they write. I'm so glad Retta joined their ranks because this book is a roller coaster of amazing. There is some real heartfelt shit in there, but it's also so down to earth and funny. I straight up felt like she was my best friend after this. Each chapter is an essay about some aspect of her life; from her addiction to designer bags, h...
  • Susan
    This book was really entertaining and made me laugh a lot. But there was also an undercurrent of meanness running through it that I didn’t like. I love Retta and thought she was amazing as Donna on Parks & Rec. My favorite essay was the one about Hamilton. I am not a raving Hamilton fan but found that to be moving. I do dislike this new format of celebrity books that are just essays instead of chronological memoirs.I was provided an advanced co...
  • Meg
    Great, now I want to watch all of Parks and Rec again.
  • Nakia
    I'm on the fence with this one because the title drew me in and had me thinking I'd be cracking up on every page, but I just lightly chuckled every now and then. Retta's life is interesting, but interesting enough for a book? Not quite sure about that. A blog or even a few lengthy instagram posts 3x a week would have been just as fulfilling and quicker to digest.The positives: I now want to binge watch Parks & Rec, she made me reconsider deleting...
  • Kristen
    First, fair warning: I received this book as a free copy from St. Martin's Press from a Goodreads giveaway, so shoutout to both of them for hooking a homie up. All thoughts are my own though, dudes. I'd give this a 3.75/5, but we're rounding up to a four here.Shoutout to a Jersey girl with immigrant parents and just trying to live a comfy life and being funny in the meantime. Retta is who I'd be if I was braver and tried to do comedy at all, but ...
  • Donna Davis
    Huh. Go figure. Although I don’t watch Parks and Recreation, the television show for which this comedic actor has become famous, I thought I would enjoy her memoir. For one thing, she’s a big woman, and I love it when well-padded women have the courage to go on stage for a purpose other than disparaging themselves. At least one reviewer on Goodreads hadn’t watched her program, yet loved this book. Thanks go to Net Galley and St. Martin’s ...
  • Janine
    This book was just fun. I can't say I was a die hard Retta fan going in, though of course I've enjoyed her on Parks and Recreation and on her new show. But now, after reading this, I'm convinced we could be great friends. I could totally relate to her addictive personality -- and letting it manifest itself in addictions to everything BUT actual drugs -- purses, TV shows, Hamilton, coffee -- she could have been describing ME, the way she talked ab...
  • Jenny (adultishbooks)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Retta is hilarious.And the audiobook is the only way to go. I would hang out with her ANYTIME.
  • Joyce
    Reading this is like going to happy hour with your friend. Laugh out loud funny!!Retta is my spirit animal. I laughed so much that I spat out the beverage I was drinking while reading and almost choked. Life is too short to not laugh every day! Do yourself the favor and buy this book. I promise you that it will be good for your health.
  • Toni Joseph
    Retta is pretty good at reading her book but the stories themselves were just ok. Too much name dropping in the second half for me.
  • Kayla Hollis
    Amy Poehler's blurb stating that this book "feels like a real conversation" was spot-on. I do feel like I was just shooting the breeze with Retta over some drinks. That said, it was a pleasant conversation that left me loving Retta even more, but as far as books go - as far as celebrity books in particular - it was good but underwhelming. Maybe I expected to be cackling with laughter at every turn and am just disappointed that that's not what I g...
  • Kelly Schnorrbusch
    Guys, I think Retta & I are BFFs now! This memoir has a very conversational tone, like you're just sitting around the coffee table of her living room with friends & a bottle of wine while Retta tells you about herself & her experiences. She's famous enough to have interesting stories about the biz but also still manages to geek out over Hamilton, Hollywood perks when she gets them, and handbags. (They always fit, y'all!) This was a real treat!I c...
  • Anita
    Mandatory list in a review of an autobiographical essay book by a celebrity1. Dreamgirls. I love the lesson she teaches about not having the confidence to go for it. 2. Love the first generation immigrant success story.3. Neurosurgery's loss is entertainment's gain.4. Way too much swearing (and drinking), but I probably missed a lot of stuff not being up on online jargon. WTF--Why the face?5. She uses her fame the same way I would--Score lots of ...
  • Leigh
    This book is a delight on audio! Retta is funny, a good writer/performer, and she has some great stories to tell. Unlike many other famous people, she actually was one of us. She’s down to earth, relatable, and very entertaining. I’m happy to rewatch the office now that I have the backstory on some of those iconic scenes. I also love her in everything else I have seen her in. So, don’t believe her title because she definitely is the shit an...
  • Daphne Walker
    Read this book then listened to the audible! I love this book. Retta is totally my sister from another mother. I am not big on memoirs, but this is one of six on my list and totally worth it.
  • Kristy
    Retta is great! Some funny stories. A great, light read if you love her and want to learn more about her!
  • Isabela
    Talking about treating yourself...
  • Kirsten
    Listen to this book if you can. Retta is so flippin’ hysterical!
  • Nancy
    Really entertaining -- and open and frank, too. I'd love to hear the audiobook version, which I'm sure puts a nice spin on everything. If you enjoy Retta on social media, you'll probably enjoy this book.
  • Tiffany
    One of the best books I have read this year! I laughed out loud numerous times, I said to myself "girl, I feel ya" numerous times, and I didnt want to put it down. As a huge Parks and Rec fan (general cast type love going on), I was excited to get the opportunity to read this, when I finished I am a HUGE Retta fan for life! Everyone that enjoys a good laugh, the chance for inspiration, or just a book to make you say "thank you. I have felt that w...