My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you aren't familiar with the tumblr that inspired this book, stop reading this review and go there immediately. If you laugh out loud, or at least giggle quietly to yourself, within the first thirty seconds, then this book is for you.
Suri's Burn Book
The book is something between an overview and a recap of the tumblr. Rather than comment on specific photos for the most part, the book goes through the prominent families of Hollywood and gives "Suri" the chance to give her take on the fashion choices and social value of celebrity offspring. Being under two is not -- I repeat, not -- an excuse for being seen barefoot in public.
But the level of snark is a little underwhelming without the photos to inspire outfit-specific commentary. There are still photos in the book, but roughly one or two per target. Unfortunately, on the Kindle, the photos are black-and-white and lose a lot of their punch. Still, it made enough of an impression that I fashioned the following quiz as my Facebook status the next day:
If you read Suri Cruise's Burn Book before bed, you will:
- (a) dream that you are listening to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck fight in the hallway, then wake up and realize there is a real argument occurring in the stairwell that adjoins your apartment;
- (b) go back to bed and dream that you are Tom Cruise;
- (c) wake up with serious tension knots in your shoulders because being a celebrity is stressful; or
- (d) all of the above.
On the whole, this is great if you need some quick, easy, portable entertainment, but if you're sitting at home... save some money and just go hang out on tumblr for awhile.
Or, leave your best burn-book-style caption for this humbling photo of yours truly. Can you imagine Suri's horror?