Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One.

Before becoming America’s first ever network chief meteorologist or appearing on Dancing with the Stars, ABC News’s Ginger Zee checked herself into a mental health hospital.

Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One. is Ginger’s heartbreaking, hilarious, and harshly honest life story – from Dickhead’s (you won’t soon forget that name) deck on Lake Michigan to her storm-chasing dream at ABC News.

Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that ranged from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some – it’s just that Ginger’s personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field.

She also canceled her first wedding – twice – because she finally listened to her inner voice, which was saying This isn’t right, but then she happened to fall in love with her gay best friend. Yes, twice. Yes, gay.

On the sunny side, this book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves – even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case, Ginger-made disasters. It’s a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love in the world, and finding it in yourself.

I’m sorry, but I have to break a rule here, because I can’t be objective with this one.

First of all, this really was hilarious from the get go. Like I-have-to-put-the-book-down-because-I’m-laughing-so-hard funny.

Secondly, Ginger is my journalism spirit animal. This memoir was everything I’ve been looking for: an inside look at the climb to ABC and what my career will entail in general. Not that the other ABC News memoirs were bad, of course.

She also helped me realize that if I don’t start doing this journalism thing, no one is going to believe in my ability to do it. And in order to do it, I have to tap into my work ethic, which I know I have. I just have to find it again.

In some parts of the book, Ginger reminded me of myself: having inner narratives, being impulsive, and learning to recognize when something isn’t right.

This book definitely has a special place on my shelf.

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