Friday, November 2, 2012

Schooled by Tali Nay

Title: Schooled

Author: Tali Nay

Published: Corner Chapter Press, April 2012

Pages: 264

Summary: "Do you have to have sex to have a baby?" It's a question that ten-year-old Tali Nay asked the office assistant at her elementary school after the woman had done her best to explain how it all happened to a roomful of confused girls. Or maybe Tali was the only one who was confused. It's entirely possible, for if there's anything she knew at this point in her schooling, it was that she—without fail—was the last to know about anything interesting. Take her first day of kindergarten, where it turned out that every other kid already knew which letters were the vowels. Her first lesson as a student was consequently one of humiliation, and her second—only slightly less important—was that puking in a classroom tends to start a chain reaction. A refreshingly honest deep-dive into what we actually take away from a public education, this hilarious and heartfelt memoir captures the things we learn in school that are never part of any lesson plan yet somehow have the biggest impact upon the shaping of our perceptions over the years we spend in a classroom. Things like competition, failure, scandal, popularity, disillusionment, triumph, guilt, and, of course, throwing up in public. From the glorious to the gloriously awkward, this everyman tale is a story of growing up, one semester at a time.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After laughing out loud just from reading the author’s note alone I had expected Schooled to be a hilarious read.  While yes, there were a lot of parts where I laughed out loud there were also some insightful ideas on life within the schooling system from Tali’s own experiences.

I enjoy the occasional non-fiction memoir and I really enjoyed reading Schooled.  As someone who is nearing the end of my degree I found it a nice experience reading through Tali’s school experience.

I found Schooled to be a really well-written book.  Tali just has a way with words that once you start one of the stories you can’t stop reading it and then you just go straight in for another one.  I did this one evening, I thought I’d just settle down and read a story or two before getting on with other things but in no time I had read about a quarter of the book.

There was nothing that I didn’t like about Schooled.  There was a wide range of stories that kept me interested and it was extremely well-written and edited brilliantly.  There really is nothing I have to complain about.

If you’re a fan of memoirs, especially those that touch on the side of humour then definitely check out Schooled.

Source: Tali Nay for review

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