I. loved. this. book.
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Just kidding. I’ll review it I guess.
Though I’ve noticed it’s almost harder for me to talk about the books I absolutely loved than the ones that were horrible, or even just ok. So, in B.J. Novak’s style, I’ll keep it short and sweet.
I read the majority of this book looking out onto the Pacific Ocean, so perhaps my opinion is a little biased (because who wouldn’t love any book they were reading while looking out onto the ocean?). BUT I have a feeling that regardless of this detail, this book might just be a really good book — ocean view aside.
The subtitle is “Stories and More Stories.” Accurate — there are so many stories — and I positively blazed through them, hungry for more. There are longer ones, like the one about a boy who discovers who his real father is during his pursuits to win $100,000 from Kellogg’s cereal (“Kellogg’s (or: the Last Wholesome Fantasy of the Middle School Boy)”) or the one about a man who wants to return a sex robot after it develops feelings for him (“Sofia”). And then there are the shorter ones — ones consisting of only two sentences (“The Walk to School on the Day After Labor Day”) or the quick exchanges of thought (“Romance: Chapter One”). Regardless of length (no dirty jokes, please), every story has a lot of heart. All of them ring out with sincerity and actual laugh-out-loud hilarity that only a former executive producer of the The Office can pull off.
Now, to bring it full circle: I. loved. this. book.
My overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★