I don’t like short stories. I thought I would start this off with a fact before delving further into this book review. When I bought BJ Novaks book I wasn’t really sure what to expect as it does say other short stories but i thought it could be an autobiography. I thought i would buy it anyway and give it a shot. Then i discovered that it was short fictional stories – something I am not a fan of.
I have never really been a fan of short stories as I like ones that build up and create a scene and more in depth scenarios but this book pleasantly surprised me. Yes it is short stories that I am not a fan of but BJ Novak is a fantastic writer and it is not hard to see why he was a scriptwriter on hit television shows such as the Office US.
This book is the home to some really interesting short stories – you think that the story is going to go one way and then it completely surprises you by going in a direction that you didn’t even expect. Also, some of the short stories he has made into discussion points at the end of the chapter which again brings another level of depth to the writing.
There are a few short stories that stand out for me in the style of writing and narrative and that includes the one about the Tortoise and the Hare, the one with the red teeshirt and the one with the cereal box. There are some good parts where some of the short stories throughout the book revisit earlier stories from a different perspectives and that was something that I found unexpected and really enjoyed and wished that there was more of them in the book.
This is a book for people who enjoy stories that are well written but also slightly random and at times a little bit dark. It is sort of like a dark comedy style book and some of the stories have really interesting endings.
Readibility Rating – 6/10