Book Review: Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure, Mike MacDonald & Jilly Gagnon (2016)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Keep yer rape culture out of my favorite childhood series, mkay?

two out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for rape.)

It’s 7:30AM on a weekday and you’re hungover…again. Do you a) hit the snooze button on your alarm and risk being late (even though you pissed yourself overnight and desperately need a shower), or b) call in and use up your last remaining sick day (keeping in mind that it’s only March and you have another nine months of this shit to look forward to)? Nearly every path leads to humiliation and ruin, so no need to choose carefully.

One of my favorite childhood series gets an adult makeover in Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure – a Dilbertesque spin on ye ole Choose Your Adventure books that were popular in the ’80s. Dilbert, if it was rated R, and to the nth degree of absurdity.

I was both nervous and excited to try this title, and with good reason – the last such book I read (Max Brallier’s Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?) was a giant letdown, with an obnoxious dudebro as the MC. Straight, white, middle-class, with a penchant for abusing animals and devaluing women. Completely unrelatable to anyone but a fedora-wearing, mouthing-breathing ex-frat boy. Which most of us aren’t.

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