By Stephan Lee
March 19, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Public Apology

B+

If you’ve ever burned a journal you kept in high school, you’ll appreciate Dave Bry’s courage in examining — and asking forgiveness for — the most cringeworthy moments in his life in Public Apology. You can smell the adolescent flop sweat as he relives the time he betrayed a trusted camp counselor or tossed beer cans on Jon Bon Jovi’s lawn (a standout essay, even if the apology is somewhat insincere). And then there are genuine, heartbreaking missed opportunities, many concerning his late father. Bry’s confessions are highly specific and often infuriating, but his honesty keeps his flaws endearing and his regrets profoundly relatable. B+

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