Edition Published June 6th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton, 323 pages
Synopsis: Well hello to you, dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn’t tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?
This one was a re-read for me. Recently, I haven’t been keen to re-read some books but this one just…worked. I needed my Miran-ual and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
If you don’t know who Miranda Hart is, she is a lovely British comedian, mostly known for her TV show, Miranda. I love that show and I’ve (binge) watched it over and over, and therefore I also love this book.
The plot…well, as this book is more of a self-help manual, it follows sections rather than a plot. But it works, because you can either read it in order or just read a section. Sections include dating, music, hobbies, technology, beauty and bodies.
The characters…consist of Miranda and her 18 year old self. I love that she included her as a teen, because it gives us, as the reader, a friend throughout the book. Little Miranda is shown as if she’s listening to her older self talk, and that is a unique way to make us feel not so alone as a reader.
The writing…is really personal. As a part-autobiography, it is a really nice way to read a self-help guide. It also has a lighthearted, fun feel.
Something I liked…is the unique-ness of Miranda as a person. She is also really inspiring for people like me. One of my favourite parts has to be one of the little tasks she presents throughout the book, which says ‘Look in the mirror and say, ‘There is none other like you and for that reason alone you are beautiful’.
Something I didn’t like…I don’t think there is anything, actually. Maybe (and I’m being really petty here just to think of something) is that I think the ‘dating’ and ‘wedding’ chapters could have been combined? I don’t know.
My rating is (without a doubt)…
5 out of 5 moons
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