Monday, October 25, 2010

Nothing Happens Until It Happens to You, by T.M. Shine

A book about an unemployed man whose life falls apart around him? This one hit a little too close to home. I thought there were excellent descriptions of the type of aimlessness that assails the jobless, but there was also too much that didn't seem plausible. Jeffrey is out of work just a few weeks before he takes his first assignment dancing with a sign on the side of a busy road. Isn't that about the last assignment you take? I've been out of work for 18 months and I've never done that yet. And the conclusion is completely unsatisfying. Instead of saving his relationships, or ending them, he just accepts that they are falling apart, and he doesn't really seem like he's going to do anything about them. There were also some too-timely references, like pop culture stuff from 2009 that I'd forgotten already. This book can very nearly be dated to the week.

Rating: three and a half out of seven giant inflatable monkeys.

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