Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Hilarious! I laughed out loud reading this book more than I have in a long time. Michelle Buteau is hilarious. She also had the ability to create extremely emotional moments that had me bawling while I listened. This is a book that you should listen to the audio if you have the chance. Michelle narrates it, and she does an absolutely phenomenal job!

This is a memoir that will take you on a journey of Michelle’s romance situations, both absolutely hilarious and heartwarming, her friendships, her family, her job, her journey to being a mother, and her overall thoughts on life.

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I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was funny at times, making me laugh, but there were other moments that were so touching, so heartbreaking, that I had to pause and give myself a few moments. Michelle’s story made me feel like I was sitting down with a good friend with a drink and discussing life. It was easy to sit with Michelle and have this chat.

Overall, this was a wonderful, engaging memoir! I loved Michelle’s story, the individual moments she chose to share, and the ways she delivered the experiences to the reader!

Content Warnings:

Infertility, miscarriage, racial slurs, race discussion.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Survival of the Thickest to readers that enjoy a memoir and are not offended easily as there are racial comments as well as moments of making fun of others.

Where to Find This Book:

Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Goodreads
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From the stand-up comedian, actress, and host beloved for her cheeky swagger, unique voice, and unapologetic frankness comes a book of comedic essays for fans of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.

If you’ve watched television or movies in the past year, you’ve seen Michelle Buteau. With scene-stealing roles in Always Be My MaybeFirst Wives ClubSomeone GreatRussian Doll, and Tales of the City; a reality TV show and breakthrough stand-up specials, including her headlining show Welcome to Buteaupia on Netflix, and two podcasts (Late Night Whenever and Adulting), Michelle’s star is on the rise. You’d be forgiven for thinking the road to success—or adulthood or financial stability or self-acceptance or marriage or motherhood—has been easy; but you’d be wrong.

Now, in Survival of the Thickest, Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in standup opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family, and what it feels like to have a full heart, tight jeans, and stardom finally in her grasp.

Just the Facts:

Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau
Genre: Memoir
Page Count: 320 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: December 8, 2020


I was provided a gifted audio copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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