Gift Idea: I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson in the "Bedbugs" episode of Broad City, airing November 29, 2017. Photo Credit: Comedy Central

Broad City star Abbi Jacobson may draw on her experiences from taking a post-breakup road trip but the comedian gets honest with herself in the process.

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson.
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson. Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.

There’s no joke that breakups can serve as an inspiration for new material.  Sometimes, the end result is a song (see Swift, Taylor).  With Abbi Jacobson, the end result is a new book in which she finds herself in a vulnerable position.  There’s nothing wrong with feeling vulnerable as it happens to the best of us.  In writing from this vulnerable state, there’s a sense of honesty in reading what the multi-hyphenate writes.

One could look at this book as a coming-of-age of sorts as Jacobson tours the country.  It wouldn’t be a road trip without managing to spend at least some time in the cities along the way from New York to Los Angeles.  But this is beside the point.  The bigger questions lie ahead as the comedian asks herself the big questions about life.  Hell, there’s even a list of pros and cons of what could happen as a result of the journey.  There’s also the letter from 1944 that found its way to her mailbox (how is this not a movie?!?)

Jacobson and Ilana Glazer originally created Broad City as a web series before heading to Comedy Central.  The popularity of the show has led to more opportunities for the duo.  They’ve also become people that others will look up to as a result of the series.  Is there anything Jacobson would have done differently?

Jacobson uses her love of rom-coms to explore her feelings about love.  This isn’t just about a romantic relationship but also work as well as herself.  There’s quite a bit of coming-of-age material to say the least.

As we know from her previous works, the comedian is also an artist.  As implied by the title, we got some new artwork from Jacobson’s road trip.  Not only that but Jacobson writes about how her mother served as an inspiration to use art in a way that makes her happy.

In addition to some of the coming-of-age sorts of material in the book, Jacobson shares some other fun highlights from the trip.  Whether its a sleep study in Memphis or what to do in Austin for fun, the highlights vary from across the board.

Abbi Jacobson lets us go along for the ride in I Might Regret This but there’s nothing to regret in opening up yourself to your family, friends, and fans.

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson is now available in stores.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.