Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story
Any additional comments? I enjoyed listening to this book and I'm glad I got the audio instead of the print version.
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This is one of those cases where an oral reading enhances the story, makes it better. Because of the conversational tone and rather banal setting it all takes place inside an apartment building it works very well as a performance. The narrator does a great job keeping the pace varied and interesting and making the protagonist likable.
Honestly, though, I didn't think most his observations about the girls above him to were funny, so I'm not sure how a Twitter following was gained in actuality. But for the novel, it's a good device to tell a story that really does have some heart to it.
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If you can see past the Tweets and into the story of Charlie and his neighbors, you'll find a lively and affable tale to amuse when you're in the mood for something light. Some books are much better read, some are better heard. I loved hearing Steve Martin read his book, Company of Myself, but I didn't like hearing Object of Beauty so I stopped listening and got the print version instead nothing wrong with the narrator's performance, just the style of writing is better visualized than heard.
Khaled Hosseini gave a wonderful reading of his first two books, but And the Mountain Echoed as an audiobook was just Finally, any Frank McCourt book is a must have, but hearing it in his voice is a magical experience.
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I mention all this not to be annoying or digress, but to point out why I recommend this book while giving an idea of other books I enjoyed as a comparison. Dear Girls Above Me isn't brilliant literature, but it is cohesively and articulately written with a logical, believable character arc.
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I think it would certainly be a good read, as long as you're in the right mood, but it's an even better listen. Side note: adult situations and harsh language, so parents, you probably don't want to have this on with kids around. This book might be a good first time leisure read for high school kids.
Dear Girls Above Me
I bought this on a recommendation from a friend who said it was hilarious and fun and witty and I'm here to say it is far from any of those things. The characters are supposedly based on real people, but they've been neutered and reduced to something so boring and one dimensional that it's just not compelling or interesting or believable in any capacity. I'm positive people exist like those in the book, but the author has somehow made them not even remotely interesting to learn about. Dear Girls Above Me is either a brilliant exercise in irony or a cheap, obnoxious load of sexist bullshit.
The author lives with his fabulous read maybe gay roommate in an L.
Thing is, he can hear every word they say as they blab about their hookups, drunken nights, Brazilian waxes and everything else supremely superficial. At first McDowell desperately tries to tune them out, but soon he's tuning in with a vengeance. Launching a Twitter handle called Dear Girls Above Me, he tweets quotes from his neighbours and mocks them.
Now Dear Girls breaks out of the character limit as Charlie imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of the girls to the test. From the importance of effectively Facebook-stalking potential girlfriends and effortlessly pulling off pastel, to learning when in the early stages of dating is too presumptuous to bring a condom and how to turn food poisoning into a dieting advantage, the girls get Charlie into trouble, but they also get him out of it—without ever having a clue of their impact on him.
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