Freaks I've Met

Freaks I've Met

by Donald H Jans


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Spokane, Washington, is nearly perfect for most people, but Jack Fitzpatrick is not one of them. Hours after graduation and armed with his final paycheck from his nemesis, Jack heads for Southern California. Dreams are a dime a dozen in the City of Angels. Broke, barely scraping by, and hating his life as a temp, L.A. is definitely not what Jack expected. But after reading "Best Paying Jobs of 1987" in Time magazine, he decides to go after the only one he thinks he has a shot at: institutional bond broker. Once frustrated that his dazzling lack of experience keeps getting in the way, Jack is ecstatic to land a job at Freedom Capital, a no-name firm with a hire anybody mentality. Pumped to be on his way to his first few million, Jack eagerly engages in the challenged ethics of his new employer. When a series of innocent events lands him in prison, he's sure things can't get any worse. He would be wrong.

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ISBN-13: 9780578152158
Publisher: Sheabeau publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Freaks I've Met 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
FrankWeemholt More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, and laugh out loud funny look at A journey to Wall street from a completely different perspective of a small town kid that travels to California to strike it rich, and all the Freaks he meets that try to keep him down. Fast and fun read. I laughed out loud.
GrandmaBabsy13 More than 1 year ago
I won this book at you! This is a dark comedy about recent college graduate Jack who leaves his hometown in Spokane and his attempts at becoming a millionaire in Los Angeles and the 'freaks' he meets along the way. This is a hilarious laugh out loud story with a dark undertone that blends seamlessly and keeps you turning the pages until you reach the surprising end. It's hard to believe that this is the author's debut novel and I'm looking forward to more from Donald Jans. He has written three screenplays and I might give them a try. I highly recommend 'Freaks I've Met' to anyone who wants to read a crazy good book.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
This was actually far more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be - about 20 pages in I was wondering if this was going to be for me but Jack's voice has just the right amount of snark and self-awareness that I found myself sucked in. Jack is naive and after graduating college thinks he is on to a sure thing in El Aye with the odious Alain, he couldn't be more wrong - and as the reader we know this well before he does. Watching Jack find out has it's moments but he at least comes out of it slightly more streetwise and has somewhere else to run to - goodness forbid he goes back home with his tail between his legs and prove Mrs Pohlkiss right. The Freaks he meets aren't really freaks. They are normal people just trying to get by in the same way he is. Unfortunately we all have our idiosyncracies and quirks (Jack too if he would but admit it) and to Jack it is this things that make us individuals that makes these people he meets Freaks. There is a great deal of humour in his attitude though, he makes snap judgements like all of us and has a turn of phrase that makes you snort. When he lands his first "real" job in a bond trading house things look to be on the up, but the freak quotient rises inexorably and I kept expecting things to go full Jordan Belfort for a while. It almost does but only for The Producers and not for Jack. I will admit to a shiver of panic at the mention of the sub-prime mortgage market and those heralding worlds of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but they seemed to serve Jack well at his second job. As you can tell, Jack comes across as a real person and I am sure there is something of the author's own experience in there - it feels far too real (and surreal) for there not to be. It is a short book and makes for an entertaining afternoon's reading. There is even a moral to the story; actually there are several. Luckily the moral(s) don't club you over the head so you can ignore them if you want.
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and rated it 2 1/2 stars. Jack Fitzpatrick decides that after graduating from college, he is going to leave his hometown for a much bigger and more competitive city, where he just knows he'll become successful and make a lot of money. This is his coming of age tale and how things don't always work out the way you expect them to....and that's not always a bad thing. I was SOOOOO excited to win this book. I had entered giveaways for it numerous times trying to snag a copy. Not only were the reviews fantastic, but I live in Spokane after having moved here from California (close to LA) with my family. I figured it would be hilarious! I mean he's leaving a small town (well, to be fair, Spokane isn't actually a small town at all......but when compared to LA? Yea), the only place he's ever known, and heading to LA where he thinks he's going to "make it big." How could that not be funny? Well, surprisingly for me, it wasn't. Oh don't get me wrong, it definitely had its moments and isn't a bad book, but it was hardly the laugh out loud story I thought it was going to be. Maybe my expectations were just too high or maybe it's because there really aren't any "freaks" in this story, but it took me forever to get through this book. Jack, the protagonist, was more annoying than anything. I didn't find him even remotely likeable so when various scenarios would come up where you should want to feel for him, I couldn't. The only part where he didn't come off like a jerk was the end, which I liked. The author definitely did the "full circle" part well. I don't have to like the main character to enjoy a book, but in this case, it seemed like it would have helped. It is a dark comedy, which are usually my favorite, but more on the crude side. I'm thinking I am just not the target audience for it. If you are a recent college graduate or someone who has done the whole small town to big city thing, then I think you would enjoy this book and really get a good laugh out of it.