I put my real e-mail address on the final page of "How to Fail," trying to encourage people that finish the book to write me with their thoughts, good or bad. I get a few every day, and I just wanted to highlight two recent ones that really touched me.
I bought your book on Wednesday night at McGlynn's after a few too many rounds of $2 60-minute IPAs. Slightly hungover the next morning, I was pretty pissed about the waste of money, but figured it couldn't hurt to give the book a shot.
The result was my first completed book, in four days no less (which is actually very fast considering I spend 12 hours a day working, 8 sleeping, 2 drinking, and 1.5 doing something that shouldn't be listed in a book review), since Louis Sachar's "Holes" in seventh grade.
Although I guess I'm fairly "successful" in the business sense, in every other aspect of my life I am Stu. Perhaps that's why I actually finished the book, or perhaps it was just funny. Or, maybe I have bad taste and it's actually a piece of shit. Regardless, I'm sure there are several million people pretty similar to me that would enjoy said piece of shit.
If you have any recommendations on books of similar style I'd love to hear them. I felt pretty intelligent with my reading glasses on, and am thinking about trying it again in the next 3-6 months.
Thanks for the entertainment,
The book is great. I finished it last night. I love your writing style, and the mix of anecdote, background history and dialogue is perfectly blended. The fact that each chapter could stand alone is a pretty cool approach; yet there is an easy narrative flow, and it makes for a very quick and entertaining read. The footchapters are hilarious. After we meet Bonnie and Brandi, I couldn't put it down til it was finished. I have to say despite it being satire, far too many scenarios and thoughts of the protagonist ring true. At least for me. I'd say this could be the definitive book for a new generation. The "On the Road" for the twenty-something ne'er-do-wells with their smart phones and their laptops and the world at their fingertips, but with little more ambition than to make enough money to support a heavy drinking habit. A book that both unashamedly supports the attitude behind failing, but also provides enough insight to make any fuck-up realize, at some point, they need to get their shit together. In short, I loved it and will recommend it to anyone I know.
First book read since "Holes"? Comparisons to "On the Road"?! I'll take 'em!
I'll add more as ones come in that I particularly enjoy.