Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad

Non-Fiction - Memoir
184 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2015
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Author Biography

Ann K. Howley is the author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, a humorous, award-winning, coming-of-age memoir published by Oak Tree Press.

She is a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and her essays have also appeared in publications nationwide, including skirt!Magazine, Bicycle Times Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mirror newspapers, Clever Magazine and The Inkwell. Ann won the First Place Prize for Nonfiction in the 2015 Pennwriters Writing Contest for her funny essay on (of all things!) breastfeeding.

Ann resides in Pittsburgh, and, although she is an avid runner, she still can't keep up with her dog, who is about 90 in dog years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

I thought Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad by Ann K. Howley was hilarious. Howley tells tales of her upbringing with her deeply religious parents. Then she later explains how all her good deeds seem to go bad. After reading Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, I believe that Howley’s motto in life should be “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Overall, Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad is a pretty quick read. The chapters in the book are divided into funny events that occurred in Howley’s life. My favorite story was the Frisbee incident. The story actually made me spit out my coffee because I could not help but laugh. I also think that Howley is a very brave person because a loose snake in the house would cause me to burn the house down. I am curious to know where the snake was eventually found.

I found all her stories funny and unique. A few I could even relate to myself, such as living with strict parents. I was amazed that her parents let her travel to a different country alone at a young age. Of course, the world was a little safer back then. I think Howley has led a very interesting life. I admire her for having such a good heart and attempting to do good deeds. Her story about what happened at the bus station surprised me. I would never have done that. I enjoyed reading about her life and recommend this book to anyone who has had a good deed backfire on them.