Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Wait For It The Legen-dary Story of How I Met Your Mother by Jesse McLean

As the record-breaking run of the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother draws to an end, new fans of the epic romantic comedy are still appearing in droves, thanks to the joy of binge-watching on demand. What better way for old fans and new to reminisce about all the friendships and fun than by looking at the series as a whole in Jesse McLean’s Wait For It. With an entertaining examination of each of the nine seasons of the show, McLean not only looks at the characters and stories, but the making-of stories, the running gags, the lead actors, and the lasting impact of How I Met Your Mother on pop culture thanks to a cult fandom that’s grown to a national obsession.
How I Met Your Mother is one of my favorite shows, so when I saw this book, I just knew I had to read it.

In Wait For It The Legen-dary Story of How I Met Your Mother, the author takes us back to some key episodes, trivia, etc. from season one until season nine. It also includes brief biographies of the main cast, with the emphasis placed on their professional work.

As the summary states, this book analyzes the series and certain episodes from the different seasons. It was fascinating for me since it gave me the chance to look at the series and the characters in depth and not just see them as television characters. My husband and I really enjoy this series, mostly because of the humor, but I guess, also partly because of the different things the author points out, like HIMYM tended to invert tropes.

Overall, I liked the book, particularly the trivia parts, but I would have liked it more if the analysis parts were edited down to make room for short episode guides of all the episodes, and maybe more quotes from the characters.

Thanks to NetGalley and ECW Press for the e-ARC.


  1. There are plenty of quotable quotes.
  2. There are some interesting trivia and factoids included.
  3. The book is able to summarize the key points of the series.


  1. Some fans may prefer a little more trivia and quotes and a little less analyzing.

As Future Ted remarks early on, we all hold onto things that signify the person we thought we were going to be - instead of the compromised and likely unfulfilled adult we've become.

  1. You liked How I Met Your Mother.
  2. You like reading books about television shows.
  3. You want to know why so many people like HIMYM.



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