I Don’t Have a Happy Place is about Kim Korson. The book is a series of stories about her life and how she can’t be happy. The first chapter is all about how she watched her babysitter die when they were on vacation and she drowned. In one of the letters she wrote to the teenage her she writes that she “can’t see the bright side of anything.” Her life doesn’t seem to be all that bad – she has a boyfriend, who becomes her husband, they have kids, they go to Disney World… but Kim just has a aura of negativity around her which makes for some interesting and comedic stories.
This was a fun read. I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
When a trip to the therapist ends with the question “Can’t Kim be happy?” Kim Korson responds the way any normal person would—she makes fun of it. Because really, does everyone have to be happy?
Aside from her father wearing makeup and her mother not feeling well (a lot), Kim Korson’s 1970s suburban upbringing was typical. Sometimes she wished her brother were an arsonist just so she’d have a valid excuse to be unhappy. And when life moves along pretty decently–she breaks into show business, gets engaged in the secluded jungles of Mexico, and moves her family from Brooklyn to dreamy rural Vermont—the real despondency sets in. It’s a skill to find something wrong in just about every situation, but Kim has an exquisite talent for negativity. It is only after half a lifetime of finding kernels of unhappiness where others find joy that she begins to wonder if she is even capable of experiencing happiness.
In I Don’t Have a Happy Place, Kim Korson untangles what it means to be a true malcontent. Rife with evocative and nostalgic observations, unapologetic realism, and razor-sharp wit, I Don’t Have a Happy Place is told in humorous, autobiographical stories. This fresh-yet-dark voice is sure to make you laugh, nod your head in recognition, and ultimately understand what it truly means to be unhappy. Always.