Originally, I thought Tacky would be a psychological or nostalgic look into millennial pop culture of the 2000s. While that culture is described here, it is used solely as a backdrop to the author’s personal memoir. The book also emphasizes sex and bad relationships that may be inappropriate for young teens or anyone with triggers.

As with any collection, some essays are better than others. I found The Sims essay particularly resonant. I played the game too. However, I never felt the need to put my enemy in a locked room to watch her slowly starve to death. And I thought the game was boring, tsk tsk. I may be playing some revenge Sims myself soon.

Tacky is probably best for millennial readers. However, I enjoyed it too because my daughter was a teenager at the time. May the fates forgive me, I even bought a Creed CD (though I never admit it now just as the author predicted). If you remember the aughts fondly, grab a copy of this book. 3 stars.

Thanks to Vintage Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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