Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn’t. Paul doesn’t believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother’s homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
Review the book and the audio version:
Can’t. Write. Laughing. Too. Hard!
Oh my effing God this book is funny! TJ has said that he resembles Paul the most of any of his characters and I can believe it. Paul is hysterical. He has absolutely no filter and he is neurotic as hell. His family and friends are just as off the charts colorful and laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying inducing.
When I read the book I laughed out loud so many times my husband made me tell him what I was reading – I had him going on some of the lines delivered too.
Paul has a sarcastic GPS named That Damn Bitch that wants to kill him. At one point:
“You have arrived at your destination,” That Damn Bitch said.
“We’re in the middle of the freeway!” I shouted at her.
“Recalculating,” she growled.
“She just wanted us to stop so we’d get hit by a tractor-trailer,” I muttered.
“Please make a U-turn,” That Damn Bitch said.
Sandy stared at the GPS. “Isn’t she supposed to say make a U-turn when it’s safe to do so?”
I shook my head. “She used to say that, but for some reason she stopped. I thought it was a malfunction at first, but now I know she just wants me to die.”
Paul has a grandma with a homophobic parrot named Johnny Depp.
“Here comes the rump ranger!” every time I walk into her house.
Paul is at the zoo and falls into the Hippo exhibit.
“Sandy! Oh God, Sandy! I think I got some of the hippo shit water in my mouth! Call the fire department! Call the army! Send big guns! I don’t want to die! There are so many things I need to do! I always wanted to learn to line dance!”
That’s only a teeny small fraction of the hilarity in this book. Add to that the narration by Michael Lesley and it’s doubled! Michael adds just the right amount of lisp to Paul’s monologues and diatribes to make you cackle and just enough sugar to Helena Handbasket’s drawls to make you purr.
You can’t listen to this anywhere you need to be quiet. You will be laughing out loud. Seriously guffawing.
Besides being a LOL book – for once, really, laugh out loud – it is a sweet, sweet romance.
Vince is a gorgeous if a somewhat clueless homo-jock that falls for Paul instantly despite the fact that Paul does absolutely EVERYTHING wrong.
Helena/Sandy helps Paul to realize he has to be brave sometime and even when Paul is brave he manages to fall on his face. (You remember the scene where he hits his head on the mattress – right?) But it all works out in the end and like all TJ’s work it ends so sweetly.
I cannot rate this book high enough! If you want a book full of hilarity and a sweet romance – look no further, this is the masterpiece.
Six out of five stars for both the story and the audio version.
Copy purchased for review