In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 19 knows Rachel Dratch. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose?
is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment. She plans on writing a twenty-volume set about her life, though, and selling it door-to-door like encyclopedias.
Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John. But, I've always had a fascination with ordinary-looking women who manage to make it in beauty-obsessed Hollywood.
Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. Women like Kathy Bates and Kristen Schaal who look like they'd be more at home working behind the counter at the bank than on the big (or little) screen.
Mostly, I think my problem is that I found Dratch less and less relatable as I moved further into the book. I can relate to bad dating experiences and social awkwardness and I can relate to having strangers ask uncomfortable questions.
Those aspects of the book were funny and wry and I looked for I would probably give this book a 2.5 instead of a 2, if that were possible.