August 12, 2012

America You Sexy Bipolar Bitch...



I so wanted to like this book. No, I wanted to love this book. But in the end it's more of a meh...

In America, You Sexy Bitch, virtual strangers, a young Democrat and a young Republican, hit the road in a big-ass RV to bond, explore the USA, and bridge the gap between their worlds.

I know of both the authors vaguely. Michael Ian Black is an actor and comedian (Wet Hot American Summer, TV's Ed). Meghan McCain is the daughter of political icon John McCain and a political commentator. He is a 40-ish married liberal democrat, she is 20-something, outspoken, and pretty liberal for a Republican. I was especially aware of her outspoken support of marriage equality and the NOH8 campaign.

The two met cute on twitter and decided to head out on an adventure together, discover more about the country they both love, and see what they have in common. Oh, and write a book and make some money.

The title is brilliant and funny... and then uh... what the hell happens? The book has interesting bits, but they are bits with a lot of other stuff in there too. It's not funny. And it's not particularly well written.

Michael Ian Black was funny on Ed and uh... oh yeah that is all I really know him from. He is dorky fun on twitter. And comes across as a likable and funny devoted family man in this book, witty but kind of bland.

Meghan McCain charms on talk shows but annoyed the crap out of me here. Besides the me, me, me thing, and the I'm-more-than-a-rich-white-girl thing,  I have a real problem with her rah-rah-rah "guns for all, health care for the rich" Republican flag waving. She is all about drinking, guns, and bashing Obama. Without discussing the issues in any detailed or open-minded way, McCain trashes every liberal she can, from Brad Pitt to Bill Clinton.

In America, You Sexy Bitch we bounce between the author voices, sometimes talking about the same adventure (non-chatty Mormons), sometimes commenting on each other (he's boring, she drinks too much), sometimes talking about issues (guns control, for or against). I guess they are supposed to find common ground but they rarely do.

The book visits and insults everyone from New Orleans residents to Las Vegas strippers to Utah Mormons to vegans to atheists to Elvis fans. He needs some bigger balls, she needs to shut up and listen to someone else's opinion for a change.

Please let these two not do a sequel, and if they do, stay the hell away from Canada.

While I can't really endorse this book, it is fascinating in an "alien planet" kind of way, touring worlds I do not know with people I really do not know. I have put his book down many times. I have gone back to it many times.  I have yet to finish it, and I have yet to give up on it. Bipolar indeed....

Thanks to Mandy’s Blogger Book Club (#MBBCWRW on Twitter) for providing a hardcover copy of America, You Sexy Bitch.