Book Review | How to Ruin Everything: Essays by George Watsky

how to ruin everything cover watskyI was late in hearing about this release from one of my favorite Hip-Hop artists. How to Ruin Everything is a collection of 13 essays by Watsky. These essays are not reminiscent of traditional essays and the book reads more like a collection of true short stories about events in Watsky’s life. The stories are all around 20 pages and fairly easy to digest. The topics range from Watsky’s childhood education, to his travels in Spain and India, through epileptic episodes and to his poetry and hip-hop tours in the US. Some essays are more interesting and memorable than others, but all are well written.

Due to the varied topics of the essays, readers should be able to find something of interest in this book. Watsky fans will enjoy personal details the author shares during the stories. This said, the book took me longer than expected to get through. I found myself wanting to take a nap during a few of the pieces. Though I was glad to finally finish it, I’d give it a solid 3/5 stars and recommend it as a way to pass time during public transit. Check it out from a library near you! It is dedicated to librarians =] A special thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for bringing this book to my attention, even though I wasn’t fortunate enough to win a copy.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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