Neurotica

Neurotica

by Eliza Gordon

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ISBN-13: 9781630640149
Publisher: West 26th Street Press
Publication date: 08/11/2014
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 591,401
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

A purveyor of fictions, Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone. www.elizagordon.com

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Neurotica 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny. Just a wonderful uplifting story.
GoldenStrutter More than 1 year ago
Say hello to character Jayne Dandy who has an overbearing family, fear of intimacy and interesting writing habits! This book takes you into Jayne's world tunneling through her neuroses and trying to come out the other side. She has an eye for sci fi, ducks and the local food truck purveyor which is where things get interesting. Her amazing writing abilities show her love of STAR WARS and her thoughts of potential love. This book will make you laugh out loud and you may just see a bit of yourself in Jayne Dandy. A winner for sure!
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
With the promises of geeking out to Star Wars and reading about awesome witty characters, I couldn't wait to dig into Neurotica! Having read Eliza Gordon's previous release, Must Love Otters, I knew I was going to be laughing out loud with every page.  Jayne is just...REAL. She's not perfect, doesn't look like a model, and loves Star Wars. She's average like me! I love reading about characters that are down-to-earth and don't wake up looking like they're ready to walk down a runway. I adored her - she has some psychological hang-ups about getting romantic, and I can understand that fear she had. She's witty and intelligent, and you can't help but want her to succeed in finding happiness. I loved that Luke had so much in common with Jayne. They could geek out over Star Wars together, he helped her out by giving her a job at his food truck when she was laid off from the newspaper, and I kept wondering when are they going to realize they would be great together???  You know, there's another guy in this story who really surprised me, and I wondered where, if anywhere, that was going to go. My only problem was the drama towards the end. It changed the way I looked at a couple of the characters, but it didn't ruin the book for me or anything.  I love Eliza Gordon's sense of humor that she infuses into her books, and Neurotica is definitely a side-splitter. The characters she breathed life into in this book are quirky and remind me in some ways of people I know in real life. Jayne is like the underdog everyone will want to root for. If you like laughing, witty characters, and spectacular writing, you need to read Neurotica!! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Wicked Funny, Loved Every Word Favorite Quotes: “I’ve seen semen a time or two, including when my poor prom date danced too close for just a moment too long and soiled his rented tux.  Awkward.”   “But writing erotica?  I only did it because Dr. McCoy, my therapist, recommended it.  I did it in the name of medicine.  My progress in this field could make me eligible for the Nobel someday.” “I’m not sure I wasn’t the product of an immaculate conception.  My parents haven’t shared a bedroom or even a friendly smile, since Love Boat was in reruns.  What the hell is Love Boat?  Google it.  Yeah.  That long ago.” “I have a weird birthmark along the inner slope of my right boob.  A light-brown stain shaped like Australia.  You can imagine the jokes that have come out of Gretchen’s mouth since the infection known as puberty took hold: ‘Take him Down Under, Jaynie.’  ‘Show him where you keep your kangaroo.’ ‘Maybe if you show him Oz, he’ll let you play his didgeridoo.’ Et cetera.”  “Exercise means pre-dinner yoga alternating with one disc from a set of DVD workouts led by a Nazi-esque woman with frightening eyebrows and abs my granny could’ve washed her delicates on.  If I’d had a granny.  With delicates.”  My Review: I have been a fan of Eliza Gordon since I read the first sentence of her first book, Must Love Otters.  I do love otters now, but I love Eliza Gordon’s work even more.   Despite the suggestive title of her new book, there are no actual sex scenes… shucks… but I still enjoyed it anyway… shocking…I know!  The topic of sex is frequently mentioned as the main character (Jayne) has multiple issues, and is encouraged by her therapist to write about sex as part of her therapy, in an effort to reduce her fear and discomfort.   Hence the clever play on words for the title - a combination of neurotic + erotica.  I chortled with glee in learning the cause of Jayne’s difficulties being narrowed down to being scared as an innocent child by the “Satan Squad,” a pair of “cheaply perfumed” spinster sisters who lectured children in the church basement on the evils of sensuality and “touching tongues,”  while their adults family members attended church services.  She was convinced at the tender age of eight, that God was always watching and listening and would, “…strike me down if I touched a boy.” As an adult, she remained traumatized and extremely anxious even of the mere topics of dating or kissing, and had to spell the word S-E-X rather than say it aloud.  She eventually seeks therapy and spends, “…$150 an hour to figure out why I can’t get laid.”  Jayne is well-educated, intelligent, a lover of all things duck, a sci-fi fan, a Star Wars expert, the family scapegoat, and the constant victim of her shallow and petty mother’s vicious tongue.  I find it deliciously ironic that despite her lack of personal experience, Jayne discovers she has a penchant for writing erotic love stories, and when she finds herself in need of income, decides to publish under the same pen name she had used for her sci-fi efforts.  She is humiliated, yet secretly thrilled, when it far and away out sells any of her previous writing efforts, and develops a large following.  I wish such irony would befall me! Eliza Gordon’s writing never fails to entertain.  It is witty, insightful, wicked funny, smart, snarky, and prone to cause frequent snorting, smiling, and/or chuckling during perusal.  I loved every word in every sentence of this exceptionally well written book.  I actually started to pout as I neared the end, as I want more Jayne and Luke.  But then, I almost always get greedy when reading a good book.  Neurotica will undoubtedly be one of my top favorite reads for 2014, despite the lack of lack of steamy scenes of S-E-X.   
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This novel is absolutely amazing, giving readers an in-depth look at the indie publishing world through the eyes of Jayne, a young woman who struggles with intimacy. Jayne, better known to her readers as Jaina Jacen, is an intriguing character who innocently enough begins a maelstrom when her erotica books take off in the ebook world–a feat Jayne never imagined, nor wanted. Published under a pseudonym and only in hopes of making ends meet, Jayne’s world is turned upside down when the demand for more, including public appearances and signings, become a reality she cannot ignore. But these books were never supposed to hit it big, and no one is supposed to know her true identity, especially not her family nor Luke, the friend who is really interested in so much more. This conundrum adds much humor to the novel as it takes off, and Gordon’s writing style kept me captivated from the very beginning. Jayne is such a sweet, shy character, and watching her try to dodge all romance, while in the throes of writing and publishing erotica behind closed doors, makes for a great read, perhaps more so because it’s 100% clean. Though I am indeed a prude and dislike heavy sex in my novels, I have to admit that Gordon MADE me WANT to read Jayne’s fictional books just to know what all the hubbub was about throughout this enticing story. Gordon really does an amazing job keeping readers on edge, snickering, and in love with all the characters as this humorous story unfolds, making it a must read. Especially as Luke is such a great guy. And perhaps my favorite part is that it’s completely clean. While Jayne does write erotica, Gorgon keeps this NA novel PG, which is exactly where it needs to be to get the point across. If you’re looking for a hilarious, clean, introspective read, then look no further that Neurotica.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Dialog and pacg were fantastic!i
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jayne Dandy is not you ordinary girl. She has problems unlike most people. When she loses her job, she turns to her journals and publishes them. Little does she know, these journals turn out to be a hit. What does this cost her? Because what is in these journals is something she is afraid that everyone she knows will make fun of her. Jayne is your top of the line nerd geek to the core. She doesn't care about fashion or much anything else but she loves to write and loves her ducks. She also loves the food from her friend Luke's food truck. Luke helps her out by giving her a job on this food truck. His crazy ex-girlfriend doesn't like this one bit. Jayne has caught the eye of a guy from her previous job. All this sets up for a major disaster and can any of these find what they are looking for and happiness. Will those journals make it hard for Jayne to go forward or will it cost her everything? This book has so much going own that you will not be able to put it down. I love everything about it, from the way it is written, to the storyline and its many twist and turns. This book is different from the author's first book but I think I love it as much or maybe even more. This is a must read now book. Don't just put it on your long to be read list because it is that good. The wittiness of the storyline is incredible. I want more of these characters when I finished the book because I didn't want it to end. Loved every word of this book! This author is amazingly brilliant.