Author: Meghan Rowland and Chris Turner-Neal
Publisher: Adams Media
The authors of this book team-write a comedy blog called 2birds1blog
that has garnered a lot of attention since its inception. They have also co-authored books entitled The Misanthrope’s Guide to Life
and Brainwashing for Beginners
. I have not read either of the previous books, but online reviews I could find were favorable for both. It seems that this duo has a knack for satire that rings true.
“It Seemed Like a Good Idea…” is heavy on satire and I found it very amusing. The format is very much like the children’s books written by Laura Numeroff and Felica Bond (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
, If You Give a Moose a Muffin
, etc.). The premise is that one seemingly innocuous act can lead to things becoming wildly out of control in ways that you could never have predicted. The authors take on everything from having a one night stand (which you might be able to see having disastrous consequences) to giving money to a homeless person or playing a board game with friends.
Each act is followed with chronological consequences that become more and more absurd and overblown with time until you realize that your life would be a complete disaster if you ever decided to act in this way. There are chapters based on choices that affect your body, going places you shouldn’t go, special occasions, relationship catastrophes and miscellaneous chaos. Within each chapter are several examples of things you ought never even consider doing, some of which made me laugh out loud.
The only complaint I have with the book itself is the formulaic nature of it. After the first dozen scenarios, I came to the conclusion that this is not the kind of book that you should ever read through from beginning to end in one sitting (unless you are a book reviewer, in which case that is exactly what you ought to do). This is more of a coffee-table book that you might pull out to share with friends at a dinner party. Especially if one of them is considering getting a tattoo or signing up for a semester abroad. Simply sitting down to read one situation after the next resulted, for me, in frustration that I could begin to predict some of the burgeoning costs and they became less funny over time.
I did appreciate the sardonic humor of the authors as well as some of the pop culture references and I will most certainly be dog-earing some of the pages to use with my daughters should one of them ever decide to enter a beauty pageant or join the armed forces. Follow Here To Purchase It Seemed Like a Good Idea...: A Cautionary Guide to Avoiding 101 of Life's Potentially Most-Regrettable Decisions