by Seth Rogen
Published by Hachette Australia
Publication Date: 12th May 2021
Australian RRP: $32.99
“A collection of funny personal essays from one of the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express and one of the producers of The Disaster Artist, Neighbors, and The Boys.“
I’ve always loved Seth Rogen’s movies from the many years I spent watching Superbad over and over, to the phenomenally hilarious retelling of The Room in The Disaster Artist and the wild comedy playing a father in Neighbors. The way he can make the funniest of situations and truly intelligent jokes, as well as silly ones in movies filled with friendships and awkward times, shows Seth Rogen is one of the best comedians of our time. So when I saw his upcoming book of personal essays I immediately knew I had to read it and I knew I would enjoy it.
Yearbook begins with his early years breaking into comedy as a young Jewish boy making fun of his grandparents eccentric commentary about himself and the world at stand up comedy shows to his breakout memorable TV role in Freaks and Geeks. I really enjoy reading about comedians and actors because they always have the funniest stories, but are also able to have serious moments too and talk about their struggles. I loved reading the early essays of this book too as Seth regaled on the people and places he grew up with and the clear influences to Superbad. Being one of my favourite comedy movies I loved seeing all the thing that would end up making their way into this film down to the names of the characters.
Overall, this book is a good time. You’re going to enjoy all the funny anecdotes, the background of his movies and stories about other actors or celebrities as well. I also enjoyed just reading about his own internal monologue of his musings on life and his fame. You can hear his voice, rising and falling during the heightened moments and imagine the way he would deliver the jokes in the book based off his many comedic roles making it a truly entertaining reading experience.
(Thank you to Hachette Australia for a copy of Yearbook for an honest review. Yearbook is out online and in stores!)
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