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The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld
by Dan Elish
Justin Hearnfeld is a young man just out of college who has taken a job as a high school teacher. In this hilarious and heartfelt coming of age novel, Justin takes his lumps one after another on his way to discovering who he is and the true meaning of love.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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I read a review of this book as being chick-lit for guys. I assume that's the case here, as I had this book on my wishlist for some time before finally getting around to reading it. I only got about 10 pages in. It didn't strike me as particularly well written nor compelling. As I actually have a degree in creative writing, I feel like I can safely say that this book needed much more editing...too much "telling" and not enough showing or scenes. The author wrote this in the third person POV but ...more
This book was okay for passing some time, but not much else. It reads like a chick lit book, but the main character is a guy. I thought Elish tried to make too much out of mundane things. For example, the prom prank early in the book goes on and on for pages and pages and is really an annoying juvenile thing. Then there was the "intimidating" professor from the graduate program who all the students were afraid of. He didn't seem too intimidating to me, or maybe the "highly selective" graduate ...more
This was amusing for the first 150 pages or so, but then got redundant. Maybe it's because I'm not a man, but I can certainly appreciate the male-driven satire of Tom Perrotta or Jonathan Tropper...but this was more chick-lit for boys--very little of the wit or depth of character that Perrotta or Tropper achieves.
Contrary to many reviews on goodreads I enjoyed this book. It was a happy book and it always made me laugh. I felt a connection with Justin Hearnfeld and therefore got very into this book as I read it for hours at a time. I liked the plot and thought that it was very well thought out.