I’m a huge fan of Shane Burcaw’s YouTube channel Squirmy and Grubs and am highly anticipating his upcoming book of essays, so I decided to read his previous memoir. Laughing at My Nightmare is funny, informative, and deeply personal. Burcaw doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but looks at everything optimistically and with humor. He dives deep into his life with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and how it has affected him. I adored his writing style, which made me feel like I was talking to a friend. He’s incredibly candid about subjects others would shy away from and isn’t afraid to talk about darker subjects.
Since this is an older book, some of the information is now no longer true (in the best way possible). One thing that rubbed me the wrong way a little was Burcaw’s description of individuals who had mental disabilities, but he was twenty one years old at the time so his views may have changed since. Also, if bodily fluids bother you, this book is chock full of descriptions of them all. It did trigger my emetophobia somewhat, so be cautious if that’s something you suffer from as well.
Overall, I enjoyed this look into Burcaw’s life and how SMA impacts an individual’s life and body. A couple of things bothered me, but I still highly recommend reading this book of essays if you’re a fan of his or are interested in learning about SMA.