Instead, this novel is about young people doing interesting things in the final moments of the last century. Odile is a lovely twenty-three-year-old art-school dropout, a minor vandal, and a hopeless drea ...more
It's about an early twenties artist lady who makes bad romantic decision after bad romantic decision, then meets Jack, an early twenties artist fellow and they decide to be artistic together in their own way.
This summer, my boyfriend dragged me to a super-hipster concert at a hipster-favored bar. It was his birthday, it was a free show, and he'd been looking forward to it for a while so I was a good sport. I stood there and did my best to pretend I was ...more
I mean, look. It's manic-pixie dreamgirl to the core. Sad boy whose life is going nowhere meets quirky girl who refuses to believe her life is going nowhere and they do a lot of "art terrorism" and ride their bikes and have sex and watch French movies and fuck with each o ...more
Regular readers know that I am a longtime fan of Chicago contemporary lit legend Joe Meno, one of only a handful of local authors here right now to have broken through into national-scale reputation, media attention and resulting sales; and there have been projects of his in the past that I've really loved ...more
Summary: It's 1999 and two 20-something slackers make art and love in Chicago. That's it. The plot is so thin it could start a high-fashion modelling career.
The good: The writing can be pretty darn good. The illustrations and photos are unobtrusive ...more
let's just celebrate the wonderful things.
i started jotting down quotes from the book onto post-it notes and sticking them into the book where they were found:
"i want something that makes me look in wonder"
"i like to make things that are weird or small. i like things that don't make a whole lot of sense to anyone but me."
and then i came across this:
"...being in fa ...more
I loved the idea of Odile the twee art terrorist, and I thought her impulses were right-on, as far as railing against the status quo was concerned. That is all.
The first section of the book ( ...more
As a fan of Joe Meno, and considering Hairstyles of the Damned to be one of my favorite books of all time, I was excited to read Office Girl and everything ...more
But I fear Office Girl came out about ten years too late for me. Some of it hit home the way I like good fiction too, characters and events I can relate to persona ...more
The first part of the book follows Odile as she grows dissatisfied with the affair she is having with a married man, the menial jobs she drifts to and from, and her own sense of self. Part two shifts to Jack's story--his dissolving marriage, ...more
I mean, we were just finishing another 'Soccer Saturday' at our house. And I am still trying to come to terms with being an actual soccer mom and how I know it was basically inevitable. And we're home after a 3 1/2 hour stint at the local soccer fields watching 4-8 year-olds run around and kick each other. And I ...more
I adored this book. I really did. I knew from the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis and flipped through it quickly that it was exactly my ...more
The book wasn't bad. There were a couple of moments where I would listen and I'd think, yes. But they were outweighed by the characters. While believable and so human, I just didn't like them. It didn't help that the narrator made the males sound stoned and dumb all ...more
Office Girl is a light, easy summer read, perfect for the beach. It's a tale of love and ultimately growing up. Odile is an art school dropout who wants to make everyone happy, in the form of sexual favors and money. Jack is a depressed art school graduate whose wife is leaving him. His main form of happiness is recording the sounds of the city on cassettes which are stacked in boxes all over his house. Both begin work in third shift Muzak phone sales and meet, sensing immediately they are alike...more
That's the basic framework of Joe Meno's slim, sad new novel Office Girl. But Joe Meno's slim, sad new novel is awesome; it's one of my favorites of the year, in fact. It's a book that resonated ...more
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Odile: It's not.
Jack: Well, that's what I heard. Cool people don't live there anymore, They all live here. In Chicago.”
lot and it’s not that anyone did anything wrong. We just didn’t know what we wanted. We weren’t the
people we were supposed to be yet,”