Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

Choose Your Own Disaster

A"hilarious and heartbreaking" (Jo Piazza) 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 awful choices she made in her early twenties through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz. Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test,...

Details Choose Your Own Disaster

TitleChoose Your Own Disaster
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Humor, Gamebooks, Choose Your Own Adventure, Writing, Essays, Biography

Reviews Choose Your Own Disaster

  • 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.Edit: Noooo! Don't make this the top liked review!!! I'M SO SORRY DANA!
  • 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!”...
  • Catherine Tinker
    Choose Your Own Disaster is 250+ pages of sighing in relief that "oh, thank God, I'm not the only one who has that thought process."I've been a fan of Schwartz and her Guy In Your MFA account since my junior year of college. I was in a fairly constant back-and-forth of wondering "are we the same person?" and grumbling to myself in jealousy about how she was only a year older than me and so accomplished online (like when I was eleven and thought I...
  • 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...
  • Marcela Xavier
    First I'd like to discourage anyone considering getting the Kindle version. I got it and it made the format a bit annoying. After reading a few reviews here I realised I missed a few (juicy) passages that apparently provide some very welcome context. It's just confusing!About the book: I really wanted to like it, because I simply love Dana's social media presence. She's been on my feed everyday for god knows how long, so I thought this memoir was...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emily
    This book is damn close to being in my 20-or-30-something-female-required-reading category. Though some topics are uncomfortable (BDSM, eating disorders, infidelity), I cringed because I could identify with the desperation at hand. Real, important stories.
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
  • Andrea Dunlop
    One of the best memoirs I've read in years. I laughed all the way though and cried at the end. Such a smart book.
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Jessica
    2 stars feels low but I can't quite bring myself to go 3 stars (so 2.5?). I love funny women memiors, so I was really looking forward to this, but I just didn't find it that humorous/funny. Also I didn't know much about Dana Schwartz going into the book (true of many of the funny lady memiors I've read and enjoyed) so I didn't realize how young she was. It read very young to me (so perhaps I'm just a 36-year-old curmudgeon).
  • Melody
    I don’t recommend reading the ebook version, missed whole chucks of the book the first time around.
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    This book is fantastic because it is not only fun, but flawed and real. Life is sometimes a series of disasters, but that is part of the learning process. If we cannot learn through our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them, right?!?! Schwartz has created a book that is original and makes the reader feel like all the disasters in their past are more normal than not. Sometimes is takes a few times to get it right and the twists and turns in the ro...
  • Mainon
    Torn between 3 and 4 stars. It was well-written and funny and uncomfortable and charming and vulnerable, so the protagonist (me, since the book is written in the second person, in true Choose Your Own Adventure fashion) was immensely sympathetic to me. And yet, when I got to the (an) end, I didn't feel that the whole story was substantial enough. There were vignettes of incredible detail (a visit to the family business--funeral home--of your sexu...
  • 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...
  • Heidi
    I read this book to meet a reading challenge prompt. Rather, i didn't read the entire book--I chose a series of "disasters" until I reached the end. I did back up a couple of times to read other paths, but I just wasn't engaged enough to make sure I covered the whole thing. I just didn't resonate with the book at all, though there was one disaster that I found well-written, heart-wrenching, and humane, and that alone was worth 1 star. I think the...
  • 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...
  • Remi Foliage
    Sorry, but I just have no idea what this is.
  • Emily O'Brien Miranda
    We can all relate to her “mistakes” on some level. It was fun to read in the style of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from my childhood! Quick and easy.
  • 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.
  • Avery Epstein
    i know her!
  • Davina
    This was so funny and I thought the "choose your own adventure" conceit was interesting without feeling gimmicky or taking away from the narrative. Can't wait for whatever she publishes next!
  • Denise
    This is a tough one! In my mind, this is more of a 3.5? But I'm rounding up because I generally think Dana Schwartz is awesome. There are moments in this memoir where (as cliche as it sounds) I felt insanely SEEN. Like, "OH SHIT, I'm not the only person in the world who has had this terrible thought about _____." I loved Dana's candidness about her own flaws and failings, about her weaknesses, about some of the more horrible things she's gone thr...
  • Meghan
    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...
  • Nikki Boisture
    I love Dana Schwartz on Twitter, and Guy in your MFA is one of the very few actual genius Twitter accounts. I expected this book to be a light and breezy memoir from an up and coming writer/comedian. It was actually a lot deeper than I thought. Sure there were a few light-hearted anecdotes, but mostly Dana is incredibly self-reflective over her eating disorder, her questionable choices in guys, and her sexual assault. She's obviously a gifted wri...
  • 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...
  • Erin Douglas
    So . . . I haven't read anything else by the author, and I don't know much about her. After reading this, I still don't feel like I know much about her . . .This book was a little frustrating for me to read. I partly blame this on technology. It truly is formatted like a CYOA book, where you have to turn to a specific page based on what action you choose. This does NOT work well with a Kindle. After you read one scenario, you naturally want to go...
  • Erin
    I am reviewing this book for Library Journal.