UPDATE: I'm so excited to tell you I'll be partnering with Zooey Deschanel's positive community for women, Hello Giggles! They will be publishing several of my chapters as essays soon. I'll post a link to the first one on my blog when it's published.


I'm going to tell you two truths and a lie about my childhood. I was raised in a small Mid-Western Bible-Belt town in the nineties. My mom ran an elaborate singing telegram business out of our home. I was extremely popular.

I'll let you figure out which two statements are true by gleaning context clues from the book cover. Or, you can read the first chapter here.

How do you know if this book is for you? Good question. Do you like...

Burt Reynolds?
Safety dummies?
Safety dummies disguised as Burt Reynolds?
Interpretive dance?
Embarrassing stories?
Mean horses?
UFO hotlines?

If you answered yes, chances are good you grew up weird like I did. Maybe you're just a schadenfreude enthusiast looking for your next fix. Or maybe, also like me, you've discovered the secret of how standing out when you just want to blend in can be the greatest gift a parent could ever bestow.

Here's proof the book actually exists:
Growing Up Weird (In academic form.)