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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sloane Crosley Narrator: Sloane Crosley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781436228060
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Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 2/12/2014

    " Totally an enjoyable read! Sloane's irreverent essays are easily relatable albeit not always fully believable...but then a good story is all about embellishment and a fare tale. I loved how her stories generated memories from my own youth. Good times all around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Diab | 1/24/2014

    " So much refreshing self-aware wit. The metaphors she comes up with to frame personal neuroses and the self-serving stew we marinate ourselves in are eye-opening. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edgar Alanis | 1/24/2014

    " Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I read it while I was backpacking across Europe, so it made the perfect companion for long flights and train rides. It's a great read if you're looking for something light and entertaining, but with enough substance to make it worth reading. Each of her stories is so well crafted; I really found myself getting lost in all of her quandaries. Her witty personality and sneaky sarcasm are hilarious, and how she can make unfitting analogies seem completely rational is beyond me. If you're an urban dweller or young professional, you'll easily identify with Crosley, and you'll start wishing your life was half as interesting. Highly recommended. Go read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deyna | 1/22/2014

    " Perhaps I've finally gotten too old to enjoy reading about the mishaps of a self-centered single girl trying to make it in Manhattan. I just couldn't identify with her. (And there was a time that I could have.) The pieces were too earnest and serious in tone to be taken for light face value, but the from the title I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny. And it wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 1/18/2014

    " Some of the essays in this collection are more compelling (and humorous) than others. At times, the author's syntax gets in the way of her words, leading to some awkward language. Overall, an amusing collection for a young, single woman to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tere | 1/14/2014

    " Not terrible, but yet another author who's too precious for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharanya Vemu | 1/11/2014

    " One of the best books ever "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/2/2014

    " Hilarious essays about Sloane's life as a twenty-something in NYC. Some essays were worthy of an eye roll because of her pretentiousness, but they were amusing overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farrah Alexander | 12/30/2013

    " Meh. It was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 12/4/2013

    " Great collection of amusing, funny essays and stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 11/6/2013

    " A slight read, perhaps, but a thoroughly enjoyable one. I don't read a lot of essays by women and think "oh wow, we really could be friends." Crosley sure isn't vain - some of the stories here are very unflattering, but always funny, and almost always relatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoenix | 9/27/2013

    " Out loud hilarious!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 9/16/2013

    " don't usually like short story collections, but she's really funny. seems like someone i would have been in highschool withI Was Told There'd Be Cake "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hartmark | 9/9/2013

    " I fucked up. I bought a ticket to Portugal and I really don't know why. <----- If that sentence of mine makes you laugh, then Sloane Crosley will be your new best friend, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Novosel | 9/4/2013

    " I'm hungry for more from Sloane Crosley. I devoured "Cake" just as quickly as "How Did You Get This Number". Her essays are enjoyable reads, from tellings of her adventures abroad to every day life in New York. Crosley's view of the world is one we should all look through! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayalekach | 6/13/2013

    " This has something to do with postfeminism. I'm pretty sure. Infinitely better than Eat Pray Love. She is a bad postfeminist. I think this chick is good at it. But its also just like young lady's David Sedaris. A delightful read, yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conor Bateman | 5/6/2013

    " A well written, engaging and funny book of essays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pandora | 4/26/2013

    " Not bad, not great. Decent read with some funny parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/21/2013

    " This was a fun collection of essays. Some were clearly better than others, but, overall, I enjoyed the entire group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Rockman | 3/13/2013

    " I liked the writing style and the short stories - it kept my attention and I finished it pretty quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/12/2013

    " Started off really funny. Crosley is a very conversational writer. However, by the end, it starts to feel kitschy. Enjoyed it for a short, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/11/2013

    " I could read this book every month, I love it so much. Wry and funny and a little bit silly. This was a re-read and I'm glad I got it for my kindle so I can re-read yet again. Definitely recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crys O'grady | 7/24/2012

    " Great set of prose stories. Has a young voice and dry humor that she brings to her writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 3/6/2012

    " My favorite essay in here is "You on a Stick" (about an unwilling bridesmaid). But this collection is like an anthem for women my age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonja | 1/22/2012

    " loved this sloane is hilarous!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 12/12/2011

    " I enjoyed her banter but that's all I expected when I got this book. I wasn't expecting an epic collection of memoirs but was expecting an easy light entertaining read... and thats exactly what I read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryan Marple | 9/7/2011

    " I have read that Crosley is the female David Sedaris, which is complete shit. This author TRIES to write like David Sedaris. She attempts to copy his voice and it is absolutely transparent. If you are a David Sedaris fan and read this book, it will leave you a tinge of pissed off. Avoid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin McPhillips | 9/6/2011

    " I laughed a lot--being from new york, i think i related more than someone else might, but this was funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rogerlaw3 | 8/13/2011

    " have been wanting to read this since it came out in 2008 -- was good, but i expected more! planning on reading her second set of essays soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisha | 5/24/2011

    " I love this book! And Crosley is my new favorite author. She's like a female, heterosexual David Sedaris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/22/2011

    " probably the funniest book i've read in years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/22/2011

    " I laughed out loud so many times when reading this book, and I also flew through it. It's light and colorful, and made up of essays about a female twenty-something and the experiences she has living in NYC, working her first job, being a bridesmaid, etc. Hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/15/2011

    " I'm fairly certain the author and I may be the same person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 5/12/2011

    " absolutely hilarious collection of short essays "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/11/2011

    " My sister raved about this book and let me borrow it. I cracked up all the way through and was surprised by the mixed reviews on Goodreads. I think the title is genius. I'll pass this one around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/8/2011

    " The female version of David Sedaris... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 5/6/2011

    " Perhaps Crosley's humor is simply not my cup of tea, but I was bored to tears by this book. I don't think I even finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/4/2011

    " This is a great collection of essays about life as a single woman, a woman living in the city, a woman from suburbia, a witty and intelligent woman. It was recommended to me by a friend and it didn't disappoint. Sloane Crosley seems like the kind of girl I'd like to be friends with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/3/2011

    " Not as funny as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/3/2011

    " This was a fun collection of essays. Some were clearly better than others, but, overall, I enjoyed the entire group. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Champagneblue | 4/23/2011

    " Not on par with Sedaris, though I think Miss Sloane has serious potential. Don't buy it, anyway. "

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About the Author
Author Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There’d Be Cake (a Thurber Prize finalist) and How Did You Get This Number. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, she lives in Manhattan.