So, this was funny, don't get me wrong.
And some of the essays really resonated. For example the one about hating purses (necessary evils I tell you) and the one about being in rapture over a book (no explanation necessary, right?).
But others parts I just didn't get.
I don't care overmuch about my physical appearance. I don't do 90% of the things she lists as minimum maintenance. I don't wear makeup. My hair is only an inch or two longer than my son's, which means I can (and do) spend less than 10 minutes on it per week. I don't own a blow dryer.
(Seriously, though, even if I were a big hair-doing person I still wouldn't. Scary things happen when you blow dry my hair. Don't believe me? Ask the college roommate who was convinced I wasn't doing it right and so insisted on doing it for me. I was still triangle head for the rest of the day.)
Also, aging doesn't bother me.
Now I know a big part of that is probably the fact that I'm young. I'm in my early 30s. But I've never been excited about people thinking I'm younger than I am (partly because, hello, I have 5 kids and my oldest is now 12 and just how young do you think I started having kids?!)
I'm starting to get quite a few gray hairs, and you know what? I kind of like them.
Maybe in 20 or 30 years I'll be able to relate more.
Anyway, overall this is a definitely amusing collection and objectively I probably enjoyed more than not, but the setup/premise focuses on the aging/body image elements in a way that leave me more focused on that too.
(Counting this as my "something borrowed"!)