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Oh, Never Mind
Title : Oh, Never Mind
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Language : English
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Number of Pages : 38

Fresh out of college, Mary H.K. Choi booked a one-way ticket to New York City and never looked back. Twelve years and countless jobs, dates and a bajillion dollars in rent later, she'd finally had enough. In “Oh, Never Mind,” Choi chronicles her decision to let go of New York by looking back at the hilarious, and often brutal, life lessons the city taught her -- about loveFresh out of college, Mary H.K. Choi booked a one-way ticket to New York City and never looked back. Twelve years and countless jobs, dates and a bajillion dollars in rent later, she'd finally had enough. In “Oh, Never Mind,” Choi chronicles her decision to let go of New York by looking back at the hilarious, and often brutal, life lessons the city taught her -- about love, money, friendship and, above all, herself. From buying a criminally expensive Rick Owens coat to quitting bulimia to accidentally dating a guy who works at the airport, these profoundly funny essays capture a young woman’s struggles coming of age in a city that not only doesn’t sleep; it keeps you up at night. Mary H.K. Choi is a contributor to The New York Times, GQ, Wired, Allure and Billboard. She is the head writer of “Take Part Live,” a daily news show. She is a former editor of MTV Style and executive producer of the documentary “House of Style: Music, Models and MTV.” She’s written comic books for Marvel and Vertigo, and is a founder of Missbehave magazine. Cover design by Kristen Radtke.

Oh, Never Mind Reviews

  • John

    Another Kindle single courtesy of IHG hotels. Not sorry I picked it from the list of available titles, but can't honestly recommend it either. While the author writes well, she also struck me as self-impressed, if not obnoxious. Couldn't relate to her life much at all, and I lived in NYC myself for a few years. Either you're her target audience (the gushing reviewers) or you're not (me).

  • Jonnie

    I have never been to New York City. And I don't know whether reading this has intensified my curiosity for it, or whether it has put me off completely.For example, Only in New York could you kneel over and die of malnutrition while your tote overflows with energy vodka, gluten-free cake pops, and $300 worth of hardcover art books. Even though I was perfectly content in knowing that I would not relate to anything that was written here on a fundamental level, I still enjoyed it--and it was more ho [...]

  • Sarah

    Meh. Yet, I'd read a "real" well-edited book by her if she wrote one.

  • Lydia

    She's clearly a good writer with a lot to say, but all the essays seemed poorly edited. I'm excited for any future books though! I think she'll learn by then.

  • Natalie S.

    I kept my expectations for these essays in check; writing about loving and hating and leaving New York is basically its own self-indulgent genre by now, and it's overdone. But these pieces were excellent. Mary H. K. Choi is hilarious and precise and sometimes exquisitely bitchy. If the essays were longer, I would read them all day.

  • guadalupe

    When I started reading this, I rolled my eyes thinking this was going to be about a person that fancied themselves a New Yorker despite moving here in their 20s with a suitcase and a dream (I'm one of those assholes that thinks you either have to be born here or have devoted multiple decades to this stupid city to consider yourself a true New Yorker). Despite how short it is, I went on a real trip reading this book -- from thinking the author was a little too unlikeable, to appreciating her cand [...]

  • Byron

    This was free on Prime Reading, and it came with free Audible narration. I read about two-thirds of it sitting around in a waiting room, and I listened to the rest of it later at home. It's a pretty good deal if you already got Prime, given that Audible costs more than the mortgage on my house in a shanty town.A collection of essays about moving to California from New York and the author's feelz, there's nothing in this you truly need to know, but it's pretty well written for what it is, and I i [...]

  • Lasercats

    Not what i expected or wantedI'm not sure what drew me to read this from the blurb, but whatever it was, it wasn't satisfied. Sometimes self-aware bitterness and cynicism feels cathartic to read, and sometimes it drags you down deeper.

  • Margret Martin

    Cute, wittyVery quick read by a very clever author about her life growing up in an Asian household in TX, her move to NYC, and ultimately move to CA. This is not my favorite genre, hence the rating, but overall very cute read.

  • Tracy

    It's very fun and quick read! I find myself laughing out loud a lot when reading it.

  • Jake Pollak

    Many good laughsIve never been a fan of LA so it was interesting to read someone's rationale for being hapoy there. Plus, I loved the humor.

  • J.

    Mary H.K. Choi wrote "2012 is Awesome and Haters Can Suck It," one of the best things ever posted about a movie on the Internet*. In any event, after that, she was someone whose name on a piece always made me perk up, and she has that most important of writerly qualities--Not Boring--in spades. I was alerted to this collection when an excerpt ("Why I bought a $4000 Jacket I Could Not Afford") started going around Facebook, to largely negative response. I clicked on the piece, saw Choi's name, an [...]

  • Katerina Maldonado

    Informative read depending on your lifeI wasn't really sure what this book was about but it was interesting for me because I live in NY and have always wanted to move to Cali. I feel like I have more experience now lol. The author went into a lot of detail about her own life as a minority because I am white and I have never experienced the things she has.

  • Martha

    It's nice to find a quick, non-fiction read you can relate to. I'm not from NY nor am I an Asian with a green card/living in a foreign country, and I'm not planning on moving anywhere (at least within the next 365 days). I am, however, single, in my 30s (not young but not old, heh), was (ok, still am sometimes) a freelance writer and have, at one point or another, ended up saying "Oh, Never Mind!"All biographies should be this short. Personally, I'd rather read a short one about the subject of g [...]

  • Nicholas Karpuk

    I feel like I just got one half of a really good dinner conversation here, which is probably one of the more positive experiences I've had with a Kindle single."Oh, Never Mind" seems like it shouldn't work as well as it does, because superficially these essays are essentially just Choi shooting the shit about her life up to this point. But I bought it for the same reason I kept reading it, Choi's style. It's breezy but not superficial, with interesting insights and a good flavor for setting and [...]

  • Jean

    I sought out this book because Mary HK Choi's essay about La Croix flavored water in the New York Times Magazine was the funniest thing I had ever read. This is not as funny or as smart, and although extremely short still feels too long, but there were still lines that literally made me laugh out loud.

  • Ami

    I finished this book over lunch--it's a light, quick read--and it made me laugh out loud more than once while sitting by myself, which is actually kind of hard to do. I don't know if it would be as riveting to someone not from New York, LA, or a city of similar weight in terms of what one expects from themselves while living there. It rang terrifyingly true to me.

  • Vivian

    Mary H.K. Choi is clever and funny. Her frankness is refreshing. Sharing her own story of growing up with ethnic family values while living alone in New York City and Los Angeles was hilariously honest! She finds herself playing a tug-of-war between her roots and, I quote; "the very Korean anguish of late-stage Asianing". Read her story and laugh out loud!

  • Brian Jung

    The way this book was written is perfect. Brief, concise, and written in such a way that you are able to relate with the author on a much more personal level. Great book and a quick read that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.

  • robin shuman

    Cute book Cute book was easy to relate to her. I actually laughed out loud because her thoughts on life are so similar to mine! Who needs marriage & kids? Have healthy long term relationships, work hard, save, travel the world and enjoy life!!

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  • Yenny

    A collection of short-essays in Mary HK Choi - style. Absolutely hilarious and terrifyingly relatable. I love you Mary HK Choi. too, too short, though.

  • Aditi Rajaram

    love mary hk choi

  • Jenny

    Ended way too quickly! Witty and enjoyable. And much to relate to being Asian, female, late 20s, and knowing something of NY and LA.

  • Roxanne

    A humorous "farewell" letter to New York City from the POV of a 20-30 something woman. I enjoyed how concise and relatable the stories were.

  • Dani

    Funny, thoughtful observationsVery relatable and very funny! I not only laughed out loud, I also read passages out loud to my boyfriend. I wished it was longer.

  • Sassy Jackie

    A short, quick story about life, growing up, moving across the country. Very witty and entertaining.

  • Kayo

    Funnyed to read more from this author!

  • Li Stella

    It's really cool! I like the author's vibe. Maybe because I moved to LA from the east impulsively too.

  • jennifer marshall

    Fun readThis was a quick, easy read. I did enjoy the fact that this short managed to feel complete, I was content with the conclusion.