A collection of sidesplitting personal essays, poems, and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more from the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Rachel Bloom has felt out of place her whole life, whether in the hallowed halls of Manhattan Beach Middle School or on Twitter. So she's decided to figure out exactly what makes her so different. I WANT TO BE WHERE THE NORMAL PEOPLE ARE is a hilarious exploration of all of Rachel Bloom's formative missteps, mishaps, and misanthropic moments. In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star, Rachel writes about everything she thought made her abnormal, from her struggles with mental health, to her love of Disney and Spanx, to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four. Her stories are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).
"It's nice to know someone as talented as Rachel is also pretty weird. If you're like me and love Rachel Bloom, this hilarious, personal book will make you love her even more." ―Mindy Kaling
"Rachel is one of the funniest, bravest people of our generation and this book blew me away."―Amy Schumer
"There's something I love a lot that people don't acknowledge as a thing and it's heartbreaking comedy. This book is that. Read it. You will laugh while you're crying and cry while you're laughing. Treat yourself to the heartbreaking comedy that is the life of Rachel Bloom."―Sarah Silverman
“[T]here’s no denying the power of [Bloom's] words deserve attention.”―Variety
"[Bloom's] comic voice lends itself well to this skewed Sedaris format. . . [Bloom's] work is emotionally raw, self-deprecating, and cringe-inducingly relatable, even at its most absurd."―Vulture
"Actor and Emmy winner Bloom combines irreverent humor with childhood journal entries in this entertaining essay collection . . . Fans of Crazy Ex Girlfriend will want to give this a look."―Publisher's Weekly
"Whipsmart candor and disarming energy. . . Fans of her show and former and current nerds of all stripes will see themselves in Bloom's story. The end of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has not dulled its fans' enthusiasm, and, really, anyone who made it out of adolescence alive will appreciate Bloom's insights."―Booklist
"Self-deprecating and utterly candid. . . [I Want To Be Where the Normal People Are] is a relatable and touching memoir that will resonate both with Bloom’s fans and those unfamiliar with her work."―Library Journal
“If you binged [Crazy Ex Girlfriend], we guarantee you’ll binge this book.”―CNN
"Rachel Bloom looks at our 'normal' world through the point of view of a confused, hopeful alien with a huge heart and a raging, quirky creativity. I will never look at amusement park maps the same way."―Patton Oswalt
"Painfully funny (and funnily painful)."―B.J. Novak
"This Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is officially our favorite current writer thanks to her collection of hilarious and heartfelt personal essays."―E! News
Rachel Bloom is best known as the star and co-creator of the CW musical dramedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance as "Rebecca Bunch" as well as an Emmy Award for the show's songwriting. As a live performer, she has sold out Radio City Music Hall and The London Palladium and recently had a residency at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. In April, she starred in the movie Trolls World Tour as "Barb." She will be writing the music and lyrics for The Nanny on Broadway.