The twenties are all about striking out on your own, but navigating the choppy waters of adulthood to become “a living, breathing, job-having, bill-paying, responsible adult?” Not as easy as it looks. In “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse” (Plume; May 7, 2013), the Brooklyn-based Frenemy blog creator Alida Nugent presents a collection of original comedic essays about what it means to be in your 20’s now– from the disappointment of moving back in with the parents, to job hunting in a crappy economy, to the perils of online dating, to the creative methods needed to pay off rent and student loans all while still having enough money for happy hour.
Alida Nugent graduated college with her degree in one hand and a drink in the other, eager to trade in her life of frat parties and The Real World marathons for a career that would “take off like The Rocketeer.” In “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse,” Nugent shares anecdotes about what it takes to make the awkward leap from undergrad to “mature and responsible adult” with useful tips along the way including: How to save (give up all of your hobbies), how to get your first apartment (you can probably only afford ones in shadiest neighborhoods) and online dating (OKCupid is youthful and cheap, if you can avoid the weirdos) – all told in a snarky yet heartwarming style that stays true to the voice of Nugent’s popular blog, The Frenemy.
Irreverently poignant, Nugent documents the formative moments of overeducated, underemployed, and maybe just a little hung-over twentysomethings. Depressingly realistic and hilariously offbeat, “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse” will resonate with the Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling generation and the parents who take them back in.
Alida will appear at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Friday, May 10, for a book launch party and signing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. powerHouse is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO.
Alida Nugent is the creator of The Frenemy, a female-centric comedy blog – as seen on the Today show, Huffington Post and Gothamist – that is devoted to making girls feel okay about staying at home and drinking wine in their pajamas. She is as shocked as you are that she’s making a living in today’s economy as a writer. Nugent lives in Brooklyn.