I read a lot of great books in 2009, but the best, funniest, and most eye-opening was without a doubt Straight Up and Dirty by Stephanie Klein.
My dear friend and fellow writer Diana Spechler recommended Straight Up and Dirty to me. I was in desperate need of inspiration and picked it up the following day. I read the book that weekend when my singleness came into question and became the brunt of jokes at an out-of-town family function. I was miserable and huddled under the hotel comforter with my copy of this book. It was the sole thing that brought me solace. I cried thinking about my solo status and Stephanie's failed marriage. I laughed out loud as I read about her bad dates in the wittiest of banter. The title of this post is my absolute favorite line in the book. Though we've never met, I think of her as a friend. We follow each other on Twitter and I hope one day she'll be reading and laughing at my book!
If you are a hopeless single girl, a happily married girl, a Jewish girl, a Wasp, a Jewish Girl in Wasp's Clothing, or any combination thereof, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. You can thank me later.
In my words, she's the bee's knees. In other words, she's pretty effing cool.
P.S. Don't forget to check out her blog.