Book Review: Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There? By Whoopi Goldberg


I don’t normally read books by celebrities, but I guess if I’m going to, Whoopi is the one to read. It happened to be out on the desk when I went into the library to volunteer a few weeks ago and it caught my eye. It was a super easy read and really quite funny!

In Whoopi Goldberg’s book Is It Just Me? Or is it nuts out there?, she puts a funny twist on some serious topics. Some topics are just serious, period. Bad manners is everywhere we go these days and Whoopi covers some topics that really irk most everyone, except those doing these things.

She talks about drunk driving, wearing condoms, toenail clippings, abuse, talking while in the movie theater, and even stinky foods not to bring on a plane (and work). Whether it’s a topic most of us can relate to, such as loud cell phone talkers or bullying, or topics that maybe some of us don’t know much about, such as touching famous people, most of the topics are sure to resonate with you as they did with me. I found myself shaking my head and thinking (almost out loud), “That’s right!”

If you are someone who is easily offended, or maybe you’re guilty of far too many of these topics, then I wouldn’t recommend you read this book. On second thought, you absolutely should read this book! Maybe you are guilty of some of these topics without even realizing it…if you are, then fix it! Even if you aren’t easily offended, or if you don’t have some (or most) of these rude habits, some of the things she talks about my still offend you a bit. But, before you start getting your panties in a bunch, check out page 47 where Whoopi talks about “You respect my opinion, I’ll respect yours.”

No topic is off limits as these are things that are just out of hand in today’s society. Of course, it is Whoopi, so it does get a bit racy and irreverent at times, but it’s the honest truth about what is going on out there in the world. I’d expect nothing less.

She brings a view of how these rude actions affect us in a page or so on each topic – concise and to the point. Whoopi came from a difficult background where she was the only one like her, she refused to conform to what others thought she should look and sound like, and through it all she has been respectful, but brutally honest.

If you’re looking for a quick read about something that just about anyone can relate to, I’d recommend picking this book up. It’s not one I’d own, but checking it out at most any library is an option.

If you feel the need to purchase this one, you can pick it up from Amazon.

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