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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine takes place in an early nineties New York City and follows the romance between Jen and Geoff the novel's two main characters. It is a story about fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the value of friends, the reason its best to go out for coffee on first dates and what exactly defines being on the rebound. The characters rif ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2008 by Orange Alert Press
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Joshua
Ben Tanzer has a playwright's ear for dialogue, which I mean as a huge compliment. And he showcases it often in this quick novel. The main characters wax about their zeitgeist, making humorous and devastating observations, often only lines removed from one another. No easy task.

Collin Kelley
I highly recommend Ben Tanzer's new novel. I read it in two days. His ear for dialogue is sharp and conversations make up 90 percent of the novel. It has a Richard Linklater film quality, especially the ultra-talky Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. That's a good thing. You are inside the heads of the characters who are charting an uncertain course through love and life in Manhattan, circa 1993.

Geoff and Jen have had their series of lovers, one-night-stands and horrible break-ups. They have becom
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Michael
F. Scott Fitzgerald said: “We should write for the youth of today, the critics of tomorrow, and the school masters thereafter.”

As some of the other great reviews have mentioned, this book makes dialog look effortless, does the magic of churning everyday life into story, but I feel most importantly, it stares into the days of our youth and finds our lives have meaning behind the murmur of chatter, endless self-doubt, and loneliness. Tanzer captures what a lesser writer misses. He does the heroic
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Matt
This book read like an excerpt from my life navigating lower Manhattan in the early 90's. I genuinely enjoyed it.

This book is written as a series of conversations. Ben Tanzer is an expert writer of dialogue. I was taken at page one and didn't put the book down until I was finished.

Too many writers produce feculent pop cultural references. There is a tendency to reduce the 90's to a collection bad stereotypes. Tanzer does not. He is as believable as he is relevant.

This book did not "change my
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John
Dec 20, 2008 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers with a spine & a funnybone
Recommended to John by: Goodreads!
Shelves: raw-hunks
It's just a young-love story: they meet & mince around, hurt each other & then, bruised... but don't let me spoil the fun. What matters is, so far as stories of young love are concerned, so's the Bob Dylan winner from which Ben Tanzer derives his title. So's many another engaging ditty, & many a good novel. What distinguishes MOST LIKELY YOU'LL GO YOUR WAY & I'LL GO MINE, indeed, is implied in that full-length title, a balancing act that this narrative mimics artfully. The openin ...more
Kelly Moran
Once again, I am impressed by a Ben Tanzer novel. Ben Tanzer’s writing has been featured in Rated Rookie, Chicago Parent, Abroad View, Clamor, Third Coast Press, and The Truth Magazine. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine follows his first book, Lucky Man. Ben Tanzer resides in Chicago, Illinois with his family.
Centering around four people in their late twenties, this story follows the often medial relationships between family, friends, and lovers- giving you an inside peek at secret th
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Laura Futransky
A great summer read. I ended up reading it all in two sittings. Most Likely... is full of witty dialog, quirky, intelligent characters and is a very frank, honest depiction of the dysfunctional nature of dating in nyc. The characters were complex, funny, sad, lost all unique yet unidentifiable. I highly recommend it!
Ginnetta
Ben Tanzer has a way of writing that gives the reader a feeling of that urban college lifestyle which I believe many readers ages 18-25 can identify with. The hang outs were easy to imagine as were the thoughts and the angst of single life.

An enjoyable read that had me wishing for my youth again.
John
ah the halcyon college days ...

Tanzer evokes what it is to be smart and puzzled, and full of ennui. A deft portrait of characters in mid-wander.
Michael Kimball
Some of the best dialogue I've ever read.
Ben
Sep 07, 2009 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
It changed my life.
Garrett Cook
Frequently referencing Bob Dylan and John Hughes, this experimental, cinematic and beautiful romance has its feet in two different worlds, one of idealized romance and one of harsh reality that doesn't need to happen. The characters are well drawn in spite of dialogue that sometimes falls flat, the situations painful and sweet, reminiscent of songs from Blood on the Tracks (yes, I know this book's titular track is not from the album) and Say Anything (yes, I know that's Cameron Crowe, not John H ...more
Caleb Ross
(this review originally appeared at Outsider Writers Collective)

Attention Kevin Smith fans (and strangely, Gilmore Girls fans): you are going to love this book. Though Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine (Orange Alert Press) arcs as a novel, it is written as a series of dialog-heavy exchanges of wit between characters that define themselves by a pop culture context. Knots Landing vs. Dallas is their war. The gospel of Star Wars is their religious creed.

What is perhaps most interesting a

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Becky Everhart
The first thing I thought when I finished this book was, that I saw the ending coming relationship-wise. It matters, not because I need a shock at the end of every book I read (I really don't). It matters because there is a natural progression to the end, and it feels like there would be loose ends if it ended differently. The couple that ends up together at the end have to work for what they have, to quit looking at the little things for evidence that they should be together and just go with wh ...more
LuAnn
Gosh, how to describe this book. Fun, interesting, fascinating, sad and frustrating -- perhaps.
This is the story of four young people, but the focus seems to mainly be on Jen and Geoff. They are both leery of relationships. Jen's father left the family when she was just becoming a teen. Geoff's mother also left when he was a boy.
Needless to say, they both know whoever they become involved in will eventually break their hearts. To compensate, they set up their relationships for failure. They look
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James Goertel
First Impressions:
I am rocking on Tanzer's 'Most Likely...' and here in the early going I can already say, "Who owns the film rights?" Goin' down like a cold beer on a hot day.
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Final Thoughts:
And it continued to go down like a cold one in mid-summer's heat. The book read just like a movie - I could see the scenes, the camera movement, the locations ~ the whole she-bang. If Mr.Tanzer has not yet written a screenplay he should. I loved all of the pop
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Corey
Ben Tanzer gets it. He gets the current zeitgeist: pop culture, the hookups, the office chatter, friendships, the musical soundtrack of our lives, and relationships. He really gets relationships in spades, the stop-start, the awkward patches, the doubts, the sex, the conversations. Ben Tanzer gets the conversations dead on. His dialog is crisp, droll, rhythmic, stoned, dour, realistic. His dialog-driven novel is a dizzy ride into the precarious place where two human hearts try to cohere. Relatio ...more
Mel Bosworth
It's not often that I come across a book I feel was written just for me. But Ben Tanzer's Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine is one of them.

It's a tale of modern love and the pitfalls of dating, bursting at the seams with humor, heart, sharp insights, hot sex and moderate drug use.

Through his extensive and often hilarious knowledge of pop culture, and his skillfulness at crafting tight circles within the narrative, Tanzer quickly earned my trust and showed me a world I knew all too w
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Sherry
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a little of a Wes Anderson movie in the sense that it was comprised of little vignettes that would illustrate just how lost and vulnerable these characters were as they tried to navigate the beginnings of a relationship, while coming to terms with the baggage they carried from their family relationships that was complicating the process. Insightful, humorous and oddly touching, it had me smiling through out the story, much like I find myself doing while ...more
S.
Ben Tanzer of This Blog Will Change Your Life and This Zine Will Change Your Life fame, has written a novel like his first, Lucky Man, focusing on the lives of four characters. The relationships are just as precisely drawn as before, but this time he displays more of his wit and humor. With the recent release of his story collection Repetition Patterns, Tanzer is busy creating an impressive body of work. Work you should check out, no matter which way you're going (sorry, just couldn't help mysel ...more
David
As always, I came away from a Tanzer book feeling a little warmer towards humanity than I had been feeling before. It's just a relationship, but the honesty of what the fictional characters are feeling, their stumbling and their confusion with essentially good hearts, makes me feel it as I imagine they feel it and makes it have significance. It gives the book a weight that isn't measured in the number of pages, a weight that I loved.
Luis
Dec 05, 2008 Luis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine is a story of romance, relationships, and the ups and downs of two young couples. The characters are interesting, likeable, and human.

The writing flows so smoothly, you just want to keep on reading to find out what is going to happen next. Tanzer’s novel does not disappoint. I recommend this book.
Stephanie Johnson
Ben Tanzer is a master of the art of dialogue--both in terms of what is said and what remains unspoken. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way & I'll Go Mine captures the humor, hang-ups, and heart in relationships.
Kristin Fouquet
This is a fun and quick read. With its sharp dialogue, it would be an easy adaptation to screenplay. Consider it, Mr. Tanzer. And thanks.
Sean Lovelace
Kind of Friends meets cough syrup. Everything linked. Good read.
P.H.
Dec 05, 2008 P.H. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: confused vegans
Recommended to P.H. by: a promotion; my copy is signed
It takes a few chapters for a main character to come out. He comes out in the form of Geoff, who is there from the beginning. Geoff’s best friend is named Paul. I am named Paul. There are frequent interludes, repetitive in nature, where Paul and Geoff step outside their office at the World Trade Center and smoke weed from a bat pipe. You know, the long bat thing. Not an actual animal bat. Animal bats are annoying. Yes. Anyway, I think that these interludes, along with the four maybe five scenes ...more
Craig
I am waffling between 2 and 3 stars right now, but I think "It was o.k." is where I will stay. This was a book that I wanted to really like.

The characters were likeable enough, in their own ways but they didn't feel like people. There wasn't enough depth to any of the characterization, I felt, to make them feel like people.

I know I will sound horrendously anal here, but there were spelling and/or typographical errors in the text. Anything that has been edited and revised enough to make it throu
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Lori
Review copy from author/signed

God. How good does it feel to discover you are not the only one who has no clue how to date! In "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine", Ben Tanzer introduces us to two completely fucked up twenty-somethings trying to hook up in the 1990's in New York City.

Jen is a girl who knows what she wants, but is unsure how to fight for it. Geoff is a guy who has no idea what he wants, and can't be bothered to fight for it. It's a recipe for a dating disaster.

This book
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Lori
This is a story about friends and lovers and the peaks and valleys of relationships. Heavily conversation based, the characters are familiar and for the most part,likeable. A tale most people can relate to as it depicts the experience of being 20-something, living on your own and trying so desperately to figure things out and determine if putting in the hard work is worth it.
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Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal, Lost in Space, which received an Honorable Mention in the Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book Awards Traditional Non-Fiction category, and the upcoming The New York Stories. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, an ...more
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