Blog Tour Book Review: It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too): A Memoir by Nora McInerny Purmort

It's Okay to Laugh coverAbout It’s Okay to Laugh

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Dey Street Books (May 24, 2016)

comedy = tragedy + time/rosé

Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron’s hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation. With It’s Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your “one wild and precious life” to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? How do you keep going when life kicks you in the junk? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It’s Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory; it reads like a conversation with a close friend, and leaves a trail of glitter in its wake.

This book is for people who have been through some shit.

This is for people who aren’t sure if they’re saying or doing the right thing (you’re not, but nobody is). This is for people who had their life turned upside down and just learned to live that way. For people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store. This is for everyone who wondered what exactly they’re supposed to be doing with their one wild and precious life. I don’t actually have the answer, but if you find out, will you text me?

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Good afternoon everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my stop on the blog tour for It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too): A Memoir by by Nora McInerny Purmort. Thank you to the author, the publisher  Dey Street Books and TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book on exchange for an honest review of it.

This book is a memoir of a young woman whose husband passed away of brain cancer and is survived by herself and their son, but it’s really about more than that. I love memoirs so I have been really looking forward to reading this one. I was really drawn to it by the description I read of it but also because of the title. It was obvious that the book would handle tough topics but would also contain a certain brand of humor that I find myself drawn to.

I am giving this memoir a five star review. I read it all on one sitting. I loved everything about it. Even though it definitely had its sad moments, it was also hilarious at times and I fully appreciated that. It was definitely a singular reading experience for me as the author actually taught me a lot through her experience and just reminded me to put my phone down and fully live in and experience the now. I am definitely a fan of the writing style of this book. It was sad, humorous, and honest. I love when a memoir feels like I’ve been sitting down and having a conversation over a cup of coffee with someone listening to them tell me stories about the the life that they have lived or how the world looks through their perspective.  I definitely felt that way while reading this book. I’m super thankful I had the chance to read this book. It was a super fast read for me and one that I think is completely worthwhile. I recommend it to everyone who loves a good memoir.


Nora McInerny Purmort APAbout Nora McInerny Purmort

Nora McInerny Purmort was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). Her work has appeared on,, and the Huffington Post, and in the Star Tribune. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her son, Ralph. They really like it there.

Find out more about Nora at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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One thought on “Blog Tour Book Review: It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too): A Memoir by Nora McInerny Purmort

  1. I can only imagine having to deal with such a devastating loss. It is so hard to know what to say to a person going through a horrible experience – this book is a huge help to me in that regard.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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