It’s #PreFridayReads when a Tall Poppy author recommends a book she loved. So if you’re looking for a great recommendation for your #FridayReads or another book to meet your 2017 Poppy Reading Challenge, read on.

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Kelly Simmons recommends You’ll Grow Out Of It by Jessi Klein.

There are books you can’t put down.  That make you leave the laundry in the washer till it goes moldy.

And other times, you just need a taste of something.  A chapter or two to keep you company.

Like, when you wake up in the middle of the night and hear imaginary burglars breaking imaginary windows.   Or you have a nightmare that democracy is coming to an end.

Maybe that’s just me.

Of course there are other small pockets of time that cry out for companionship. Like when you’re eating lunch alone at a restaurant where everyone is dressed up but you.  Or when you’re waiting in your cubicle for a call from your gynecologist that might make you cry.

Maybe that’s just me.

But when I need a book for company, for distraction, for calm —  there is a whole category that I love.  Let’s call it “quirky girl memoir.”  In the middle of the night, or in the middle of biting my nails,  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the famous quirky girl memoirs – Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling.   But I’ve also truly enjoyed the not-so-famous.

Like YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT, by Jessi Klein, a writer and comedienne.  First off, she muses about what happens to a tomboy who grows up.  Is she a tom-man?  And why is a tomboy so darned cute and a tom-man a freak of nature?

Tom-man.  Maybe that’s just me.

But I found Jessi Klein to be excellent company for the middle of the night, or the middle of a #fridayreads, or the middle of a weekend.

Because let’s face it, your funny friends aren’t always available when you need them. But a funny book is RIGHT THERE.

Kelly Simmons is the author of the critically acclaimed novels STANDING STILL, THE BIRD HOUSE, ONE MORE DAY, and coming in September, THE FIFTH OF JULY.  Her website is

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