Author: Lance Umenhofer
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First Published: 2013
Page Count: 138
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
A quirky novella that promises an interesting ride.
*Entertaining loser of a main character * Disheveled mess of funny, unfortunate events
“Reality was always colorful.” Timmy is married to a miserable, obese, emotionally abusive wife and he works day in and day out in a thankless pharmacy job. The two bright spots in his day are when he gets to work his paper route with Alex, the teen he wished he could’ve been, and when he stops off for breakfast at his favorite diner to be served by his secret crush, Roxie. However his world comes crashing down around him all at once in a series of unlucky events.
Again, we’ve got another surprising read in this book. I had my doubts based on the length of the book (nothing against novellas but I am a little judgmental about the quality of the book based on the page count), and the summary of the story. It just seemed so odd and it read like a jumble of story lines. However, the story doesn’t come across as odd; it’s a quirky, funny look at a miserable two weeks in a peculiar little man’s life. The downward spiral of his career, relationships, and sanity is entertaining and very satisfying. Even though it is a short read, I didn’t feel it needed anything more to the story and it was as satisfying as a full book would be.
There was one huge problem though that was big enough to keep it from getting a perfect five out of five star rating. Every so often the auther would combine words tostartmakingonegiantwordthatlookedlikethis. I thought it was an error, initially, until it happened on nearly every page. This was completely annoying and took away entirely from the story. There was even one entire line in the book where he combined all the words into one giant word. It’s too obvious to miss in editing so I’m guessing this was the author’s choice and I believe it’s one that needs to be altered immediately. I just can’t take the author seriously when I need to spend ten extra seconds trying to decipher what he’s written.
However, the story itself is great and it is so short there is really no reason to miss it. The word combination negatives I mentioned above are something that one could look past. I would say if you’re looking for something different in your next book, check out this one.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.