Encapsulating precisely how it feels to be a gangly, uncoordinated and uncomfortable teen who never quite leaves this state behind — remaining this way well into your late thirties — Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out of It is a shoulder to lean on for those who are familiar with these feels.
This funny-without-really-trying comedy writer (known for her work on SNL, among many other things) had me stifling laughs beneath my scarf on the train to work. And, if you’ve ever ridden a peak-hour train in London, you already know this kind of behaviour will not be well received (read: tolerated) by those around you. Though there were some chapters I felt – as a non-famous, non-American, non-Emmy winning lady – were a little beyond the realm of things I could relate too, Klein’s writing style helps form a pretty picture of what it’s like to be part of that world.
Despite the side glances and glares from fellow commuters who did not appreciate my snickering, I finished this memoir a little too quickly and felt I was closing the covers on a wonderful new friendship by the final page. Obviously, Kween Klein doesn’t know about our friendship (yet). But I’m sure she’ll realise we’re destined to be pals eventually.
[Hachette Book Group, 2016]