Book Review: Okay, Fine, Whatever by Courtenay Hameister

Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things by Courtenay Hameister


Genre: memoir, nonfiction, humor

Published: July 31 2018

Pages: 320

What was the last book that made you LAUGH. OUT. LOUD? Like tears streaming down the face laughing?

Thanks to our friends at Little, Brown for this happy yellow book by Courtenay Hameister, a new-to-me author. I’ve actually never heard of her Live Wire show which was a big part of the story.

The author addresses her generalized anxiety and pokes fun at herself. She’s making big career decisions and evaluating ALL her choices. In the process, she begins her year of OFW (Okay Fine Whatever) and starts doing things waaaaay out of her comfort zone.

Fans of Shonda Rimes YEAR OF YES may see some of the same concepts with regards to taking risks and trying new things. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end! She faces claustrophobic fears, losing her writing mojo and trying weed to get it back and loving her body as a larger woman…just to name a few highlights! A big part of the book discusses her dating journey, yay no. 28 😍. Oh and the footnotes. I read Every. Single. One. I’d compare her writing to Jenny Lawson who is an icon of funniness.

She’s inspirational and brave and smart and fearless.

And….she’s coming to California!

BookSoup and Warwick’s’

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Courtenay Hameister is a writer, performer, teacher, editor, playwright and screenwriter. For nine years, she was the host, head writer and co-producer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated public radio variety show that records in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Portland Monthly, Oregon Humanities Magazine, the web series The Benefits of Gusbandry, APM’s Marketplace and far too many Instagram posts about her cats.