Everything Is Perfect When You're A Liar

Everything Is Perfect When You're A Liar

Paperback - 2013
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Kelly Oxford is . . .

A wunderkind producer of pirated stage productions for six-year-olds

Not the queen of the world

An underage schnitzel-house dishwasher

The kid who stood up to a bully and almost passed out from the resulting adrenaline rush

A born salesman

Capable of willing her eyesight to be 20/20

That girl who peed her pants in the gas station that one time

Totally an expert on strep throat

Incapable of making Leonardo DiCaprio her boyfriend

A writer

A certified therapy assistant who heals with Metallica mixtapes

"Not fat enough to be super snuggly." --Bea, age four

Not above using raspberry-studded sh*t to get out of a speeding ticket

"Bitingly funny. But everybody knows that." --Roger Ebert

Sad that David Copperfield doesn't own a falcon

A terrible liar

Publisher: New York : It Books, [2013], ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062102225
0062102222
9780062102232
Branch Call Number: B OXFORD KELLY
Characteristics: xii, 317 pages ; 24 cm

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Olivy
Apr 24, 2017

An earlier comment called it 'smarmy' and that does fit. This writing reminded me of the Carrie Fishers style which I could not stand either; very "run-on-conversational-trying hard to be clever" and yes, exhausting. Is some of it worth a chuckle- yes. She does have something, but I always dislike it when they have to 'spike' it up with foul language for the sake of it; gratuitous swearing does not work on me. Needless to say I did not get too far into this book.

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undereli
Jan 07, 2016

An collection of autobiographical events that are enjoyable because they're relatable, even to a guy (me). What's nice is how she doesn't gloss over events with polished prose. Instead, she tells the hard, if often humourous and sometimes incredulous truth about 'what happened' in plain-spoken English. A lot of what makes Ms. Oxford's book so enjoyable to read are the moments I got to say (to myself) "Ah-hah! Yes, I understand where you're coming from." None of her stories are heart-wrenching traumas either, which was nice. Finally, on a slightly more personal note, I was blown away to find out Ms. Oxford hails from Edmonton, Alberta (not all of her stories take place there, however), the same city I spent my first 28 years in too. Bringing stories that much closer to home was, for me, an added bonus.

I took this book out because of its title. It was too good to pass up. It isn't clear when and where all of Ms. Oxford's "lies" are. That it's a confessed liar relating these tales makes them all a little more suspect. But to me that enhanced the experience more than took away from it.

My only detraction is how text is sometimes in all-caps to emphasize a point. It's used too often and not always to good effect.

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LT
Jul 25, 2015

What's with the epidemic of awkwardly titled autobiographies? To wit: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). Me Talk Pretty One Day. Man Up (Tales of my Delusional Self-Confidence). And now, Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar. Perhaps these are examples of a new genre, the deliberately clumsy hipster autobiog.

I feel uncharitable, even disloyal, when I dis a woman who has struggled to make it in a male-dominated world. Nevertheless, the adjective that comes to mind for Kelly Oxford's general tone is "smarmy". Oxford has the oily eloquence of an ingratiating candidate for head girl. I can put no more faith in the sincerity of her expressed opinions than I can in a seasoned politician's resolve to put principle before popularity.

After getting half-way through Oxford's book, I put it down to read Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened (just to add to the string of clunky titles). I am usually faintly uneasy when I leave an adequate book half-read, but I'm not certain that I'll bother to get back to Oxford's. It just doesn't have that reckless je ne sais quoi that I expect from the lips of a comedian.

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mee8784
Feb 24, 2015

I should have heeded the negative comment on this feed. I got through a few chapters and then had to return it...just couldn't waste my time. The author tries way too hard to deliver quick witted comments and it's simply exhausting. And not funny. I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't deliver.

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spudwil
Nov 09, 2014

The most boring book I've read in a long time. I feel like she owes me at least 4 hours of my life back that I could have spent reading something other than tidbits about her suburban, soccer mom life. Plus, I don't like the fact that she is so flippant about rape, drug use, and the plight of the institutionalized elderly. I totally lost any respect I may have had for her. Sorry, Kelly. I don't believe you did even half of what you wrote about when right off the bat you call yourself a liar. Do yourself a favour and pick up "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls for a real and fascinating memoir. Now there's a good read.

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MommysCard
Feb 11, 2014

Laughed to tears at times.

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hopefoot27
Jan 07, 2014

A fast pace memoir that is like hearing stories told by your crazy cousin. Stuff you kind of wish you did, but also glad you didn't get into trouble. Fun read!

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Rficke
Nov 13, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. I love getting insight involving relationships and about people around me that are so different from my own perceptions. I generally thought of sociopaths in their extreme cases such as serial killers. This book explains that there are many sociopaths among us, that are generally functioning quite well in our society. Many of them have learned to fit in and contribute to society in a positive way. This book really made me contemplate just what we view as being normal and if there even is such a thing as normal. Since sociopaths are by nature terrific avid liars, maybe the content of this book cannot be trusted. Nevertheless, it was mind-blowing and humorous and definitely a great read. I will give the author the benefit of the doubt as it does explain the behaviour of some of the people I have known.

tracythelibrarian Aug 13, 2013

Sometimes hilarious, often hair-raising, always entertaining.

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kcv523
Jul 22, 2013

You may have seen my riding the C Line reading this and trying not to laugh out loud. I apologize.

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