Off the Charts – broken: in the best possible way (Jenny Lawson)

Ahoy there me mateys!  For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes.  Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were.  I have been on a reading spree of genres I don’t normally feature.  Today I bring ye a memoir by Jenny Lawson.

Jenny Lawson is a women who writes memoirs and personal essays about her unusual life and the mental and physical illnesses she lives with every day.  She is absurd, funny, relatable, and real.  This be the third book by her and I read it in one night.  I loved her chapters on the six times she lost her shoes and her responses to truisms and her strange fights with her husband of 20 years.  There were some chapters that didn’t work that dealt with condom shoes for her dog or shark tank ideas that deal with body humor and sex.  I also follow her blog so I am used to her style now.  But I found lots to laugh about and lots to sympathize with and lots of underlying truth to how hard it is being human.

The most resonate chapter to me, however, was “An Open Letter to My Insurance Company” which hit so hard with how much it captured the feel of me own struggle.  I wish this letter could be broadcast to everyone, especially those who make money from our broken medical system.  Being a preemie has impacted my health for all of my life.  However, as I age, the complications of being born early have begun to give me long-term health issues.  Preventative health care has to be fought for and insurance has just gotten worse over time.  And I am privileged to be a preemie that is alive and can continue to fight with the help of my support system.  But I know that the system priorities keeping people alive as opposed to improving quality of life.  It is a disgrace.  This chapter both hurt my heart and made me feel relief that someone could express what I cannot truly put into words.

I may be broken but I will continue to live in the best possible way for as long as I have.  Jenny’s books make me make feel like I do not struggle alone.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jenny Lawson – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

broken in the best possible way – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

furiously happy (Off the Charts – Memoir)

let’s pretend this never happened: a mostly true memoir (Off the Charts – Memoir)

8 thoughts on “Off the Charts – broken: in the best possible way (Jenny Lawson)

  1. I’ve heard so much praise for her but have yet to read any of her essays myself. I absolutely love when you find an author that speaks to you so much, like you describe. I’m so sorry for what you deal with around health problems and the insurance system. It’s abhorrent in the US and doesn’t at all prioritize quality of life, like you said. It’s just exasperating. But I’m glad you found someone who could put things into words, feeling seen and heard can mean so much!

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    1. This author is just so silly and finds humor (albeit dark) in her struggles. When I am down, I have trouble finding any humor in what I am going through. So being able to laugh about pain is kinda therapeutic.
      x The Captain

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      1. I completely understand. Chronic illness and the mental health struggle are the f’ing worst. I’m glad you could find an author who can do that for you at your low moments ❤


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