Clover Book Club: This Is Really Happening
Erin Chack’s new book This Is Really Happening will make you feel feelings...lots of feelings. She’ll have you cracking up, tearing up, and everything in between—all within the span of just a few pages. This writer-slash-Buzzfeed editor’s stories are the kind that are best enjoyed with others, which makes the memoir the perfect choice for our June book club pick. We gifted copies to Clover readers Holly and Megan to share with their friends. And then tell us all about it. And it was awesome.
Holly Acker, 15
My first Clover book club was a huge success. I invited some friends over and we talked about how much we LOVED the book while we ate too many cookies (thanks, btw!). We all agreed that Erin Chack has a very unique personality and her book really embraces it. It’s something she should be proud of. I think it's important for young women to not try and hide their differences, because nobody wants to be the same as everyone else.
Erin's stories are all super quirky and full of honesty, which is difficult to come by sometimes. My friends and I really appreciated how she didn't avoid taboo topics such as cancer, death, and menstruation. She tackled them head on. We felt that some of her stories were incredibly relatable, and some are so unique and one of a kind that we will probably never relate. That's what made the book so enjoyable. (It also made it absolutely hilarious, like pee your pants hilarious.)
This is Really Happening tells one girl’s story of growing up, surviving cancer, and creating lasting friendships along the way. I recommend it to girls of any age, because I'm sure everyone could find at least one part that hits home.
Megan Mann, 26
To say that I love memoirs is an understatement. I once went through a two-year period where they were pretty much all I read. I've walked among rock stars and actors, writers and businessman. I've followed the stories of those with backgrounds vastly different than mine, but rarely have I read of those with a similar background. Except now I've read This Is Really Happening, that’s no longer true.
The book is a collection of essays by Buzzfeed writer Erin Chack. She starts out hard and discusses her cancer in chapter one. She tells you what it was like and how it affected her. Once she brought that story out in the open, it was easy to talk about anything after that.
And she did. She talked about everything. There was a story about her 11-year relationship and how there was no way that she could properly give advice having only been in that single relationship in her life (a favorite among my ladies who read this with me).
What I loved most is that the tone was so conversational. There was such an element of chatting with a friend that made it so endearing. It made me want to find her on Twitter and ask, "So, does this makes us friends now, or how does this work?"
Something that my friends and I all agreed on was the sense of connection we had with the book. Instead of this being the work of a notable figure, it's just the work of a 20-something with her normal experiences to talk about. I hope other writers of the millennial generation understand that we're all stumbling around like babies learning to walk through this weird stage of young adulthood. If more writers put out books like Erin Chack's This Is Really Happening, we'd all be a little less worried.