Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

Choose Your Own Disaster

A hilarious, quirky, and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions while hoping (and sometimes failing) to find herself, in the style of Never Have I Ever and Adulting. Join Dana Schwartz on a journey revisiting all of the terrible decisions she made in her early twenties through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz. Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, CHOOSE YOUR OWN ...

Details Choose Your Own Disaster

TitleChoose Your Own Disaster
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Writing, Essays

Reviews Choose Your Own Disaster

  • Nat
    Personality Tests & Modern FeminismIt's known by now that I'm a fan of memoirs, given that I'm easily swept up in the juicy secrets of someone’s thoughts and secrets without having to reciprocate; it's bliss for my nosy self. With this new release part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, Choose Your Own Disaster is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of “you can be anything you want!”...
  • Robin Bonne
    Dana Schwartz examines her twenties with brutally honest humor using a parody style of the internet quiz. She shares relatable stories about disordered eating, dating the wrong men, mediocre dates, and sexual assault. Her self awareness, and ability to turn life’s tragedies into comedy is what made this a 5 Star memoir. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook.
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
  • Jim Smith
    Not read this, but giving it a five star rating to balance out the one star rating by another bloke who hasn't read it. Balance is maintained.
  • Marissa
    Dana Schwartz's book is mandatory summer reading for those who follow her on Twitter, and even those who don't. Raw and engaging, it pulls you into her world that's darker than I ever imagined it'd be. Of course, it still is wonderfully clever with all of its cringes and laughs. I just didn't expect tears. You alternate between wanting to be her and wanting to give her a big hug with lots of encouragement to get her through the rest of her twenti...
  • Courtney
    I feel like this book was tailor-made for me (probably because it's a choose your own adventure disaster book). I've gone through the eating disorders, the depression and loneliness, the anxiety, the insecurities, the mistakes with not good guys, and the overpowering guilt after. Dana did a great job of bringing alllll those feelings back (unfortunately?).Choose Your Own Disaster is really clever. It gets real without being too much of a downer. ...
  • MJ Lee
    I really enjoyed the "Choose your own adventure"/"Personality Quiz" style of the book. The second person point of view was well done and made the memoir feel a lot more personal - which really worked for me because I related so strongly to many of the sections. I felt like I was truly living through Schwartz's life instead of her simply TELLING me about what happened in her life. My only criticism is that sometimes, it was a little confusing to t...
  • Jake Steinberg
    Dana Schwartz is a star and everyone should read this book!! It can totally be that new book you tell people to read when they ask for recommendations on Facebook.
  • Hannah Orenstein
    I devoured this in one weekend. Dana's voice sucks you in, her stories are alternately laugh-out-loud funny and smartly introspective, and you won't be able to put this one down. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves GIRLS, BuzzFeed quizzes, or Dana's Twitter.
  • Nikki Plummer
    I originally wasn't going to read this because I'm extremely jealous of Dana's cool life and thought it would just make me feel bad, but I like her twitter so much that I decided to pick it up and I'm so glad I did. This is such a spot on and relatable account of being in your early twenties - getting stuck in self-destructive spirals, sleeping with people you know you shouldn't, occasional amazing moments of happiness where you can't believe som...
  • Meghan Green
    I received this as an Advanced Reading copy through Indigo (#IndigoEmployee). I was originally curious when I saw this on our list of available books, since it's listed under "poetry" and, having never read any books in the poetry category before, I thought I had a clear idea of what poetry looked like. One or two words per line, arranged in a fancy shape, maybe some rhyming. This book is not that (thankfully, in my opinion). It's set up in a per...
  • Joe Cool
    The author is asking people on twitter to give this book 5 stars even though it's not out till next month. That's the definition of lame. Giving this one star and will readjust once I've actually read the book. EDIT: I have now read the book and adjusted my rating.This book was tricky for me because I really do think Dana is a good writer. The pacing and voice of this book was so easy to digest and really likable. There were multiple times when I...
  • Erin
    I am reviewing this book for Library Journal.
  • Trevor Parece
    You might know Dana from @GuyInYourMFA or @DystopianYA, or even her personal twitter. And if you do, you know that she's funny, quick-witted, and cunning with her snark that cuts to the heart of tropes and trends and people that are less than savory. With Choose Your Own Disaster, however, she proves that side is only just skimming the surface.Her sense of humor abounds throughout the novel as she does what she does best: rip apart literary eliti...
  • Zahra Hassan
    Choose your own disaster feels as if it is playing within the spectrum of being a lighthearted account of some of the author's crazy life experiences and a statement on the everyday struggles of a woman trying to find her way through her twenties. Overall, I settled on taking the book as the prior--lighthearted with some jarring moments to take you back to reality. Some (if not all) of the social commentary fell flat for me, and while an issue or...
  • Annika
    I've had a Twitter-crush on Dana for a long time now, so I was excited to read this. Her voice great; very real, yet still self aware. The personality quizzes were really funny. The choose-your-own adventure aspect didn't work great because I was reading on my Nook, but I just read it read straight through and could follow it well enough. Dana is an excellent writer, and extremely good at observing and capturing the intricacies and nuances of soc...
  • Anna Godfrey
    The voice of this book is wonderful, simultaneously witty and unpretentious, and I quite enjoyed getting to know Dana in this format. Some of the jokes and many of the references felt familiar, sometimes universal. I was immersed in this book from start to finish, but the reason I am not giving it a full five stars is the pessimistic view that this book largely takes throughout. Several of Dana’s self criticisms hit far too close to home, and t...
  • Diana
    I'm not sure if this was a 3 or 3.5 for me...I definitely enjoyed it though. I think Schwartz has a great voice, is very funny, and isn't afraid to be extremely honest and vulnerable. I just think maybe I'm getting to that point where I'm actually SUCH an old millennial that it's hard to relate to those twenty-something millennials now? I mean, I felt so sad reading about the horrible men she was involved with, even though I'm well aware that I p...
  • Amy
    I wish this book had existed when I was a wide-eyed 23-year-old, fresh off the plane in the big city. This memoir is funny, engaging, moving, and relatable, told in the endearing voice of a young person struggling to make good, grow up, and find herself. A longtime reader of Schwartz's writing (and tweeting), I fully expected this book to be hilarious. What I wasn't prepared for was just how much it would speak to the deeper, more confusing, trou...
  • Anthony Pignataro
    This is a wonderful book. Dana Schwartz is a fantastic writer for Entertainment Weekly and I adored Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novels when I was growing up, so reading this was foregone conclusion. Please keep in mind that this is not your typical writer's memoir. Sure, there are stories of horrible dates, awful choices, and horrible eating disorders, but it's also often hilarious and very hard to put to down. The book is funny, scathing, wrenchin...
  • Andrea Jenkins
    Absolutely incredible and completely raw memoir. From binge eating disorders, sketchy Tinder hookups, jealousy, braving the BDSM scene, and cheating on the near perfect guy, Dana guides you through her 20’s in a way that helps you see fucking up can actually teach you a lot about your inner self. Reading this is like one of those conversations with a friend when you figure out you’ve both made them same stupid mistakes and were silly to be to...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    The Choose Your Own Adventure approach to biography has been done before (see Harris, Neil Patrick), but I doubt it's ever been done with more brutal honesty than Dana Schwartz has brought out here. For a book that's bound to elicit a lot of debate about what actually happened in each of these scenarios, what ultimately comes across is a portrait of Schwartz's mindset and personality that is refreshingly brash and raw. I loved reading this, and i...
  • Kari
    I didn't know Choose Your Own Adventure books were still a thing. They must be, or at least they were when Dana Schwartz was a child, and she was born the year I graduated from high school. Which made me feel kind of old while reading her book, but also surprised that not much has changed in 20 years for young women in their 20s, except now it's facilitated by Tinder.This book is a brilliant sendup of the genre, but more importantly, it is a cand...
  • Katrina
    Wow! Even though I’m nowhere near the millennial generation, I totally related to this book and the struggle to close the gap between who we are and who we think we want to be. I’d say she read my journal from the early 20s, but I was never as honest with myself or as witty as Dana is. Humorous, enlightening and resilient. Every 20 something woman (and man) should read this now, and then again 20 years later, and again 10 years after that!
  • Taylor
    A hilarious, thoughtful, and brutally honest memoir of a woman in her early 20s. I've been following Dana's writing and tweets for a few years now, and I always appreciate how vulnerable she's willing to be, whether it be about relationships, eating disorders, or starting a career. Dana examines her own mistakes and insecurities with as much scrutiny as she places on the other people mentioned in her book, so while this is obviously one person's ...
  • Carrie Surbaugh
    A wonderful portrait of life as a woman who grew up on the internet. Schwartz is so honest about her emotions across a wide variety of harrowing and/or hilarious experiences. I liked the choose-your-own-adventure structure, but it did make me nervous that I was missing big chunks of the story. You can also just read through this and it’s roughly chronological, if jumping around in time makes you nervous.
  • The Book Addict (Bite-Sized Reviews)
    a hilarious, quirky, and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions while hoping (and sometimes failing) to find herself. part-memoir, part-very long personality test, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it ...
  • Sara
    I got this book as an ARC, so I'm guessing in the final copy it actually has page numbers instead of "turn to page 000" since it seems that some of the chapters are supposed to follow each other. However, I read straight through and managed to still follow the narrative. I found the writing occasionally funny, but not particularly relatable -- is this Gen Z? Late Millenialism?
  • Andrew Shaffer
    Writing a memoir about your twenties while you are still in your twenties and getting it published by a major publisher is some Big Dick Energy. And writing it in 2nd person? Not even @guyinyourMFA would risk that. It’s surprising that it works as well as it does, since I’m not a fan of millennials or 2nd person POV.
  • Phoebe
    This is my favorite book of the summer. Though I too hate the term “beach reads” and its implied femininity, I do agree that this book is light and easy while also touching on some incredibly important & relatable topics (ie: eating disorders, depression, Tinder / relationships, transitioning into a full blown adult in general). There’s a perfect balance of self-deprecating humor and vulnerability that makes every sentence and story a hundr...