Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase

Gawky Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase Some tall girls grow up to have perfect posture and are later seen gracing the pages of magazines Some are natural athletes with toned legs that mask their overlarge feet Then there are other tall gir

  • Title: Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase
  • Author: Margot Leitman
  • ISBN: 9781580054782
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some tall girls grow up to have perfect posture and are later seen gracing the pages of magazines Some are natural athletes with toned legs that mask their overlarge feet Then there are other tall girls the ones who are always tripping over themselves who never look normal in any size of clothing who literally don t fit in.Comedian Margot Leitman was one of these awkwSome tall girls grow up to have perfect posture and are later seen gracing the pages of magazines Some are natural athletes with toned legs that mask their overlarge feet Then there are other tall girls the ones who are always tripping over themselves who never look normal in any size of clothing who literally don t fit in.Comedian Margot Leitman was one of these awkward giants, and Gawky is the painfully funny chronicle of her experiences growing up tall Reaching five feet six inches in fourth grade and approaching six feet in high school Leitman realized early on that she d always stand out from the crowd To cope, she developed a thick skin and a sharp sense of humor, and instead of forever trying to blend in, she decided to embrace her center of attention status Leitman wears funky, Ziggy Stardust era jumpsuits in the 90s takes up any cause she can find whether saving the public beaches or protesting prom and generally makes as much use of her big presence as humanly possible.Leitman s memoir is a hilarious celebration of growing up gangly Endearing and encouraging, Gawky is a cathartic release of everything awkward girls endure and a tribute to a youth larger than life.

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    1. This book was provided to me for review through NetGalley.I am a big fan of memoirs. You could probably even call me a huge fan of them. Unfortunately I'm not a huge fan of Gawky.I wanted to be, I really did. As a memoir fan, and a person of above average height myself, I felt like loving this book was a given. I sympathized with a lot of Margot's feelings on size, and being taller than everyone else. I'm not as tall as she is, but I'm tall enough. With all of those positive marks in Gawky's fav [...]

    2. I think because I am so short I felt drawn to this book. I have always wanted to be taller and it seemed funny to me that tall people also have issues about their height. Although this book did have a lot of humour and some of it was truly laugh out loud funny, the way the story unfolded was rather disjointed in places. There was quite a bit of repeat information and it didn't always make a lot of sense why it was arranged the way it was. For the first couple of chapters the theme of being reall [...]

    3. I've been 5 foot tall since 6th grade & got picked on for it. Can't reach stuff & have to climb stuff to get what is above you & the tall kids all played monkey in the middle with you a lot. So it seemed like being short sucked & I wanted to be taller like everyone else but after reading this book it see that tall people also got issues. I guess you can say this book got me to appreciate my height because I can do stuff tall people can't do or struggle with. Like can they have an [...]

    4. I was immediately drawn to this memoir (because I'm six feet tall!) and while her height was only a small fraction of Margot's awkwardness, I still really enjoyed the book. She tells the tales of growing up in the '80s and experiencing teen angst in the '90s, with a ton of pop culture references, which I love. She was definitely strange, but unapologetic about it. There were a few laugh out loud moments, but I also said "what the hell?" a few times. I thought the book ended a little too soon. I [...]

    5. Even though I've always been average height, I related to Leitman's awkwardness on many levels. I found the book funny, candid and touching - ingredients to a good memoir. As a child of the 80's and a teenager of the 90's, I especially loved how she worked in so many pop culture references. I look forward to looking up her storytelling and other writing. This is a great book to give to a teenager you know who is going through a "gawky" time - which, really, is pretty much every teenager, whether [...]

    6. I got this book from NetGalley. The author writes about her life growing up as a tall, awkward person in New Jersey. Leitman uses humor to communicate her struggles and experiences trying to fit in to a world that isn't quite sure what to make of her. I was hoping for more laugh out loud moments when instead I merely found myself smiling on occasion and wondering when/if the poor girl was going to catch a break. All in all, this was a quick read but not one of the more enjoyable memoirs I've com [...]

    7. I was excited to read this book about a tall girl because I'm a gawky tall girl myself. But sorry, Margot, you wouldn't have been considered very tall in my family. I'm 6'2" and have two sisters who are even taller. So I was disappointed in that aspect, but the parts about looking older than you are and trying to fit in resonated with me. I think this book could appeal to a lot of people who had a hard time fitting in during middle school and high school.

    8. I got this book from Net Galley. I am short so found this book fairly entertaining learning how the tall ones cope in laugh. There were a few laugh out loud moments in the book but would have liked to have read more. I do know I hope she writes another book about life after school. I somehow think she could continue with the tall stories. Overall this was a quick funny memoir.

    9. This started out amusing, but I ended up worrying about this poor woman. I expected it to be more interesting. I did finish it, I did enjoy reading it. It had some things that I could really identify with but just a warning it is a memoir more than anything. (she does mention this in the intro)

    10. A love letter to all the strange (not so) little girls out there who feel like no one understands them, Margot Leitman's memoir is hilarious and heart warming. Read the rest of my review here:thewhynottblog/book-re

    11. Anyone else who was, say, 5'4" at 9 years old should read this book. Even though I tapped out at 12 years old at 5'7", I could relate to so many of Margot's misadventures and saw myself on so many pages.

    12. Margot Leitman rules. She is an incredible storyteller. I had the honor of taking a storytelling class she taught at UCB years ago, and it is awesome to see her putting her storytelling prowess to action.

    13. Funny, warm, heartfelt, true. I was happy to spend time in her company. Not too pleased about being reminded of what a shit I was in high school. And Margot, I was never mad at you for breaking Christmas. I thought it was funny, and still do.

    14. Leitman weaves a tale of an awkward adolescence and inspires us to laugh along with her and root for her. A lovely book.

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