�Best 100 Books of 2012”
"Fresh and funny, the images encapsulate the mortification, confusion and excitement that define so many 20-something existences."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Wonderful storytelling panache...Mr. Meno excels at capturing the way that budding love can make two people feel brave and freshly...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
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.
Office Girl advertises itself as a minor story, a story about two art...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
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
The lives of Jack and Odile, at first separate but then melding together in a quirky love story that's not a love story, tore at my heart strings and made me think in ways I have never thought before. They're desperation towards being noticed, creating excitement, disrupting the norm was so deeply rooted into their beings, or at least who...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
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
Odile has a notebook full of ideas such as 'dress up as a ghost...more
Office Girl is the story of two twenty-somethings, Odile and Jack, working together in a boring office. They bond over their mutual love of art and feeling stuck in a bit of arrested development. Together they...more
I'll summarize my thoughts with this excerpt from Alice Gregory's review for the Observer: "It’s impossible to assess where Mr. Meno’s voice ends and his characters’ begins—which wouldn’t be so bad were it not for the epigraphs (Camus, Baudelaire, Debord), acknowledgments ('Koren + Raymond Queneau + Jean-Luc Godard') and appended 'theme mus...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
They meet, have a thing, then part. And that is all. I am too old for this sort of book. It was not what I was...more
I liked this book a lot it was a really entertaining read. This book was really relevant to me because there are a lot of parallels between what is happening in my life right now and the characters in the boo...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.”