Ellen’s third book catches readers up on what’s been going on in her life since her previous book, The Funny Thing Is…, was out eight years ago. From her life being married to Portia de Rossi to quitting American Idol, Seriously… I’m Kidding is filled with stories, quips and random silliness that lets you experience what it would be like to hang out with this hilarious talk show host.
That being said, it feels more like what it would be like to hang out with a talk show host who is always “on”. I’m sure she’s not always like that, but this book feels like a stream of consciousness at times. It’s exactly how she might come across on TV with the random comments and sidebar tangents, which get a bit old eventually. It’s quite an appropriate title because she meshes serious moments with jokes that sometimes you’re not quite sure what’s real or what’s part of the gag.
Understanding that this is a book filed in the “humour” category, I actually wished there was more of a heartfelt genuine moment with the star. Everyone sees the zany side of her that’s on TV but I wish she would follow through with some of the sincere moments more. There were quite a few points in the book where she touched on some important observations and ideas, but they’re all played off with jokes that it loses the message.
Overall, I did enjoy the read but I found myself eventually sighing at every nonsensical “randomness for the sake of randomness” moment.