Official Review: I Am My Hair by Barbara Hart

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "I Am My Hair" by Barbara Hart.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Have you gone through hairstyle after hairstyle looking for that perfect one? How many stylists have you visited looking for the right fit? If the answer is more than five, you might identify with Barbara Hart, author of I Am My Hair.

For her, it all started in the fourth grade when her mother gave her a Toni perm. From that point on, she searched high and low for that elusive perfect style. "The following is an account of my feckless and fickle journey through those decades when my priorities were based on that tubular epithelial sheath, better known as a hair follicle." Does she ever find a suitable hairstyle and hairdresser?

In the non-fiction genre, I would classify this as humor. At less than 45 pages, the book can be read in a day. There is a sprinkling of profanity, so I would only recommend it for mature audiences.

There were many positives in this novel. First, the author likes to use interesting and obscure terms, as you can tell from the sample sentence above. Rather than feeling like the author spent too much time with a thesaurus, it added to the ambiance of the story.

Also included are comic-like illustrations by Christine Linson. These enhanced the comedic aspect of the book, and I enjoyed them. These appeared on almost every other page. My favorite drawing was of Ms. Hart having her hair highlighted. Anyone who has had these foils in their hair can empathize with the author, but I will leave you to discover the comparison she makes here. The only downside was the spacing of the words in the speech and thought bubbles. They occasionally ran together. However, the words were still readable, and I would consider this a minor spacing issue.

Furthermore, the author also added pictures of her various hairstyles at the end of the book. From the bouffant to the beehive, Ms. Hart really has done it all, and she has the pictures to prove it. It was fun to put an image to all the hairdos of which she speaks.

Other than the minor issue with the drawings, there were no real drawbacks. The book doesn't seem to have a point, but does every book need a point? Sometimes it's fun to sit and enjoy something that's completely inane.

All in all, I Am My Hair is a light-hearted read which I am glad to award 4 out of 4 stars. If you've struggled with your hair, if you are a hairstylist, or if you simply enjoy fun books, this would be a perfect read. If you've had the same hairstyle for your entire life, you might not appreciate the author's humor. I can't wait to see what other tidbits of her life become books.

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I sure like books with comic aspects. It makes a book fun to read. Thanks for your wonderfully written review.
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This sounds like a fun and relatable read, and I enjoyed your review. Thanks!
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I have definitely struggled with my hair, and it would be lovely to incorporate new hairstyles. Thanks for an easy-to-read review.
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Saint Bruno wrote: 13 Feb 2021, 09:41 I sure like books with comic aspects. It makes a book fun to read. Thanks for your wonderfully written review.
Then you'll probably enjoy this book. It was fun. Thanks.
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Cecilia_L wrote: 13 Feb 2021, 13:45 This sounds like a fun and relatable read, and I enjoyed your review. Thanks!
It is for sure! It's a quick one too. Thanks.
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Joy Phill wrote: 13 Feb 2021, 15:59 I have definitely struggled with my hair, and it would be lovely to incorporate new hairstyles. Thanks for an easy-to-read review.
I hear you! There's only two hairstyles that look good on me. Thanks for commenting.
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This sounds like such a fun read, I love everything about it and to top it all off, I LOVE hair. Lol I like that I can relate to the content and also that it’s a quick Read!
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As somebody who has not changed her hairstyle ever, I might find this a fun read, just to see what I'm missing :-).
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This sound like the perfect reading material for a bad hair day :). Thank you for this amusing review!
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I love a good book with a healthy amount of humour. Thanks for the descriptive review
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Suzer6440 xyz wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 00:16 This sounds like such a fun read, I love everything about it and to top it all off, I LOVE hair. Lol I like that I can relate to the content and also that it’s a quick Read!
Hah. This sounds like the perfect book for you! I hope you enjoy.
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Yvonne Monique wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 02:30 As somebody who has not changed her hairstyle ever, I might find this a fun read, just to see what I'm missing :-).
That's true! Maybe she'll inspire you to come over to the dark side... But I doubt it. Thanks.
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raluca_mihaila wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 04:29 This sound like the perfect reading material for a bad hair day :). Thank you for this amusing review!
Oh yes! It would be perfect for a bad hair day. It would make you feel much better. Thanks.
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OBC Reviewer wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 09:10 I love a good book with a healthy amount of humour. Thanks for the descriptive review
Then this one would be great for you. It's quick to read as well. Thanks.
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