The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions – Knox McCoy
Rating: 4 stars
Cliff Notes: I laughed out loud several times, which is always a huge endorsement, but I wish I knew this book was going to come at me with church as much as it did. I also did not follow all of the foot notes because they are a total pain in the ass on a Kindle.
Full Summary: Full disclosure – I am a HUGE fan of the author’s podcast, “The Podcast with Knox and Jamie.” I listen each week to the episode on the MORNING it drops into my feed. Not the DAY – the MORNING. I have been to the live show twice and even made my husband attend once. I bought merchandise from their store for myself and my sister. While the merch I have is not a purple cape and black Velcro sneakers, I have drunk the Podcast Kool-Aid. I say all this to let you know that I was going to make this a positive review no matter what.
But you guys – I really loved this book! I highlighted sections, I texted my sister in the middle of reading it, I rode the stationary bike longer than intended so I could read more of this book! Probably because I think I am so much like Knox. I relate more to Knox than his probably-more-fun, super extroverted, cohost, Jamie Golden.
I want to “seize control over as much as I can. It’s the most charming of attributes, I know, and it makes me an extreme joy to work with, for, or under.”
…”someone who is bilingual in snark and cynicism…”Just a few ways I am like Knox McCoy, author of this gem.
I also agree with what Knox says about how introverts perceive the people in their lives: We don’t dislike you guys, but man, is it a bummer sometimes when we have to talk to you.
In conclusion (there is a super funny chapter about conclusions in this book as well), I want to fully endorse this book – a Green Light, if I am to completely plagiarize the popular Popcast segment. Know that it has church and pop culture woven together with Knox’s biggest life questions, but you will not alight on fire if you are not super into the religious stuff. I also strongly encourage you to listen to the Popcast each week!