YVO’S SHORTIES #15: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo & From Bad To Cursed

Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! No more backlog reviews, so from now on it’s only books I’ve actually read this year. The first is one of the (hopefully) various memoirs I will be reading this year: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I had high hopes for this one besides the fact I’m not familiar with her at all, but I just couldn’t connect to her writing style and her humor definitely wasn’t for me. The other title on her is the Bad Girls Don’t Die sequel From Bad To Cursed by Katie Alender, which turned out to be a disappointment as well. A shame, because I loved the first book!

Title: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir, Humor
First published: August 16th 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
Finished reading: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 323

“If you’re a true introvert, other people are basically energy vampires. You don’t hate them; you just have to be strategic about when you expose yourself to them—like the sun.”


I have a weird fascination with reading memoirs even from persons I’m not really familiar with. So even though I don’t really know Amy Schumer or her work, I was still intrigued enough to want to pick up The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. The fact that this memoir has been praised a LOT did also help of course. I was fully expecting to be loving this read, but I ended up feeling the complete opposite. Oh yes, it’s time for another unpopular review… Did you really think I could go that long without one? I don’t think my opinion has all that much to do with the fact I don’t really know her… It’s more that her writing style, crudy humor and sexual talk simply aren’t a right fit for me. The humor felt kind of forced-funny, but then again my sense of humor has always been a bit ‘special’ and I don’t like what most people like. What was a surprise is that The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo was actually a lot darker and self-confessional than I thought it would be, especially since it’s labeled humor. Kuddos to her for having the guts to share all this personal stuff… Although if I got it right she kind of does the same thing in her shows. I guess her humor and writing style either works for you, or it doesn’t. Unfortunately I belong to the second group, and honestly I kind of struggled making it to the last page. Oh well, we can’t like them all, can we?

Title: From Bad To Cursed
(Bad Girls Don’t Die #2)
Author: Katie Alender

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First published: June 14th 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Finished reading: January 20th 2018
Pages: 442

“Stay sunny, we said to each other.
Because if you don’t the whole world will know you’re a monster.”


I read the first book back in 2016 for Halloween, and while I really enjoyed that one, I somehow ever picked up the sequels. No longer, because I’ve vowed to finish this trilogy before the end of February. Book number two starts off quite a few months after the first book finished its story… And in From Bad To Cursed the sisters will have another dose of the supernatural. Sadly I wasn’t able to enjoy this sequel as much as I thought I would. I still love the writing style, which is engaging, flowing and makes you fly through the story. But I wasn’t so sure about the plot. The idea behind From Bad To Cursed is an interesting one and definitely involves a healthy dose of creepy, BUT I wasn’t so happy with all those high school cliches included as well as a lot of ‘perfect pretty girl’ cliches. A bunch of teenage girls playing perfect and bitching to others if they don’t dress perfectly, eat the right food and say the right things? No thank you. The way both Alexis and Kasey behaved really started to bother me as well. I’m still hoping it was just this particular ‘problem’ they had to deal with that made them unlikeable and I’m having hopes for the final book. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to like that one better!


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18 thoughts on “YVO’S SHORTIES #15: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo & From Bad To Cursed

    • Oh shoot, I think I have that one somewhere on my kindle as well… I don’t mind if I don’t know the person in question, but if I don’t like the writing style or humor it’s hard to keep reading.


  1. I love that ‘introvert’ quote, it really rings true! The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo piqued my interest but I like a memoir to be about someone who actually has something special to tell, focusing on an accomplishment or a survival or anything.. and it sounds like these observations are just someone’s opinion. I think I’m going to pass in the end, especially since you didn’t really find it very funny either :-). Nice reviews!

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    • There were a few introvert quotes there I could really relate to in her memoir! But overall I just couldn’t connect to her writing style or humor… Humor is a very tricky and personal thing though, so you might just enjoy it; it’s a very crude and sex-focused kind of humor though. And it’s basically her telling about her life and how she got famous, so probably not what you are looking for…

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  3. I have no idea about Amy either and it was highly recommended to me but I’ll pass… if I read a memoir or autobio then I prefer to go with my personal flavours… you know, the Motorheads and Ozzys 🙂 The modern type celebrity needs to really put something compelling on the table to be able to get me interested! 🙂

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    • Oh yes it would be so much easier to enjoy those! I got a bunch of actress/entertainment memoirs a while ago and honestly they are not really my thing… Or at least I don’t seem to get their humor in general. I need to hunt for more interesting memoirs soon! Born A Crime was a good one, although you made me crave music memoirs now. 😀


    • I don’t mind crude, but I guess if it’s done in a different way… I have a very particular kind of taste in humor though, so part of the probably is definitely me. And I guess that if I would have known her better, I could already have guessed that before reading it. xD


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  9. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo is one I continue to see everyone raving about. I am familiar with Amy but not exactly crazy about her (although I do not dislike her). I have not mustered up the desire to read it no matter how many times it is recommended to me and your thoughts solidify that I probably am right for skipping 😉

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