Review Written by: Jessica C.
It seems like all good things arise out of unusual circumstances and situations. In Kim Korson’s life this moment comes when her therapists asks her why she can’t be happy. Kim’s explanation comes in the hilarious format of an entire novel titled I Don’t Have a Happy Place. In the book Korson tells us all about her life, her experiences, and her opinions about practically everything. From her mother indulging in the feminist movement to becoming engaged, Korson gives the reader her opinion on it all. Her mood and personality is not quite Grumpy Cat and certainly far from sunshine and rainbows, but it is one that makes her seem real.
In I Don’t Have a Happy Place the brutally honest and witty view point of Korson is refreshing. Her personality is one that I can relate too, even if I do use some of the choice words that in her novel she admits to despising. Oh well. Sorry for that.
We first meet Korson as a child when she is envious of her friend’s doll collection and her mother has joined the working woman league. We learn from Korson what it is to be a latchkey kid (something I also went through as a child) and how to get through life as best one can as a little girl growing up. Korson then brings the reader on her life journey of all of the different jobs she was a part of, including being part of the Hollywood scene.
To be honest, while all of I Don’t Have a Happy Place is amusing I have to say my favorite chapters were the end. Korson focuses on all the important and significant passages of life: growing up, getting a job, engagements, marriage, children, moving from all that you are used to, religion, and of course Disney. The evaluation and view of the Magic Kingdom and its visitors is one that you might expect to see in a dry, bitter travel guide. However, it is the end of the chapter Good Grief that proves that even the most depressed can have a little bit of light spill into their darkness. It doesn’t mean that an event will cause life changes or dramatic adjustments of personality, but it is nice to see that Korson can be bitter and still enjoy herself in Disney… even if she is loathe to confess.
From the hysterical Christmas Jew confession to the realistic opinion of the world in general, I Don’t Have a Happy Place is a book that will leave you chuckling over situations that anyone could experience. The fact that Korson voices what so many of us think and yet are afraid to say is a blessing in disguise. It is good to see I’m not alone in a world that sometimes needs to be told everything exactly as it is without apology. Until next time… happy reading!