We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir by Jess Fink

We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir by Jess FinkWe Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir by Jess Fink
Published: Top Shelf Productions (2013), eBook, 112pg
Source: Scribd
Genres: Fiction, Sci-fi, Non-Fiction, Memoir, GLBTQ

What would you do if you had a time machine? Bet on sporting events? Assassinate all the evildoers of history? Or maybe try to fix all the mistakes and regrets that have haunted you all these years? Join Jess as she travels back in time to share her wisdom with her naive younger self, stand up to bullies who terrorized her child self, and teach her horny teenage self a thing or two! What begins as a raunchy adventure in teen wish fulfillment grows into a thoughtful story about memory, regret, and growing up. One time machine, one frustrated girl, one sexy futuristic jumpsuit... infinite possibilities!

I read this for the spring readathon! (I’m very behind on reviews, yes.) I picked it up because a) it’s an indie-ish comic, b) written and drawn by a woman (which is harder to find on Scribd than you’d think) and c) it’s an autobiographical time travel memoir!

So it’s like fiction filled in with non-fiction experience in a more overt way than you’d usually find in books. It’s like a thought experiment: what would happen if you could go back in time and warn yourself before you made any mistakes? If you’re Jess Fink, you’d first make out with yourself a lot. And THEN you’d realize that, without embarrassing stories, you’d have a much less interesting life. Playing it safe and never making a mistake (or going back to fix your mistakes) is boring!

Mostly this book is fun because you get to read about all the embarrassing things the author went through, and she’s so funny about it that it spares you from any painful secondhand embarrassment.

I loved the humor in We Can Fix It! It’s not self-deprecating, but the author definitely isn’t afraid to show herself in all kinds of situations and it comes off as very friendly and personable. It’s easy to empathize with the protagonist/author, while also wishing she’d stop being a dodo and figure out the moral already before she wrecked her life.

Ultimately, We Can Fix It! is a quirky-charming story about awkward memories and having to live with them. Also, time travel!

Read: April 25, 2015

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