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Posted June 2, 2013
Posted April 6, 2013
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite I wasn¿t sure wha
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began listening to this audio book but what I got was one of the funniest books I have ever listened to. I picked out my favorite short stories and shared them with my husband. He laughed out loud and wanted to borrow the CD. There are 30 short stories on this CD. Each story has something to do with a relationship. I was not previously familiar with the author Simon Rich but I now know he is a genius! My favorite story is 'Dog Missed, Connections' where a dog is writing to dogs that he has seen hoping to hook up with one. Others that I truly enjoyed were 'I Love Girl'. In this tale we meet a caveman with a crush on a friend’s girlfriend. In 'The Girlfriend Repair Shop', a therapist suggests Max take his girlfriend to the repair shop if he wants to continue in the relationship. 'Scared Straight' is the tale of a young man desiring marriage; a married man is brought in to direct him on the path of bachelorhood.
I found most of the stories funny in a perverse way; they certainly are not politically correct. The stories can be easily classified into three categories: boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy and girl break up. Men will love this book and of course some women as well. However, women beware, this book focuses on women who are cruel, charlatan, and generally despicable people.
Posted January 4, 2014
Clever & Funny
I breezed through this book, enjoying all of it and I sent it to my dad also (who loved it). I heard an interview with the author and one story on the Savage Lovecast and was intrigued - I was not disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Each of the short stories has a new perspective, some are very short and quirky, others have pathos, all are entertaining and original.
If I had any suggestions for a sequel, it would be that I'd like to see a little more from the "girlfriend" perspective in some stories, and perhaps a queer relationship or two, but I can see why the author chose more familiar perspectives for these stories (if God and a condom can count as familiar) and he certainly nailed each of these, as far as I can tell!
Posted May 14, 2013
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