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Unexpectedly, Milo

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  601 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Milo Slade, a thirty-three year old home healthcare aide, is witnessing the rapid dissolution of his three-year marriage to a polished, high-powered attorney named Christine. Though Milo doesn't quite know the root of his marital problems, he inevitably blames himself, or more specifically, he faults the demands his obsessive compulsive personality place upon him--the need ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Broadway Books
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Nov 29, 2010 Jen rated it liked it
I really enjoy the premise and background of Matthew Dicks' books: that people who are crazy in all kinds of ways are 1) not atypical, 2) endearing and funny, and 3) all around us (or are us).

This book prompted me to consider (over-analyze?) many of my own "interesting" thoughts and behaviors and the coping strategies that I use (successfully and unsuccessfully).

Points to ponder (from this book):
- Relationships - actual vs. perceived
- Honesty - with others and with ourselves
- Rituals - imposed v
Sep 26, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I really loved most of the characters. Their idiosyncrasies were endearing, especially Milo. I probably would have rated this higher, but I found myself bored and skimming on occasion.
Oct 10, 2012 Soobee72 rated it really liked it
I have picked this up and put it down countless times in the years since it was published. I LOVED Something Missing, Dicks' debut novel. So much so that I still recommend it to anyone who's looking for book recommendations. Perhaps because I loved Something Missing so, I had a hard time getting into it. Once I let that go, I really, really liked Milo.

Milo has O.C.D. that manifests itself in ways that were new to me. The things he is driven to do make it both easier on him (he's not driven to c
Oct 24, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in mental illness
Recommended to Carol by: Goodreads review
Wow. This book is captivating if you're interested in mental illness. This is the first time I've found a book about a person who is intelligent and functional despite suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder. I found it fascinating and original.

Milo hides his disorder from friends, wife, parents, school, job. It's very complicated for him. His innocent behavior in grade school causes him to be viewed as odd, and teachers and parents are mystified and alarmed. He is filled with shame, and
Author Matthew Dicks creates another quirky hero in this, his second book. Milo has some form of OCD, which he has kept secret from others his entire life. Well, at least since he was eight and realized he was different. He gets an idea in his head and then pressure builds until he is able to relieve it by acting on his impulse. It way be to release the seal on a new jar of Smuckers jelly (the 20 oz. size), pop open an ice cube tray, bowl a strike or sing karaoke. Kind of like how people enjoy p ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
I picked this one up because "Daily Candy" told me it would make me "laugh out loud" and "never put it down." A pretty strong endorsement.

But I don't remember laughing out loud once and it took me more than a week to read which is never a good sign. That said, there were some really good things about this one. There are some interesting characters that do some not-so-ordinary things. One of my favorites is a main character who only appears on videotape as she confesses to all the terrible thing
May 18, 2012 Meagan rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars.

Unexpectedly Milo was pleasant in an unexpected way. While a reader might peruse the synopsis and decide that Milo, a nice normal guy who randomly must open grape jelly jars and sing "99 Luftballoons" in German to an audience, is the most unusual/interesting character in the book, they would be sorely mistaken. If anything, Milo turns out to be one of the least intriguing characters, though not even he realizes it.

Matthew Dicks has a knack at bringing characters to life; even if the
Sep 09, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
When I first started this book, I would have given it 2 stars. Half way through, it was nudged towards 3, and by the end it was a solid 4. Here's why...
I adored the author's first book, Something Missing, and had high expectations for his next book. In the beginning however, I found this book confusing and odd. Unrelenting demands, Weebles, jelly jars, U-boat captains and 99 Luftballons? What the hell? I felt that the attempt to unsettle and bewilder the reader in the hopes that they would be ea
Dec 05, 2010 Mallory rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mallory by: Jocelyn Wood
After enjoying Something Missing, the author's first book, I had high hopes for Matthew Dicks's second foray into the mind of a main character who suffers from obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Unfortunately, however, Unexpectedly Milo did not live up to expectations, lacking the charm of Dicks's debut novel. The premise had potential, but fails in the execution. Like Something Missing disproportionate amounts of the narrative are dedicated to minute details (which is effective in books about OCD ...more
Helen Dunn
Apr 28, 2012 Helen Dunn rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
I'm really at 3.5 on this one. I enjoyed the plot and I found myself really feeling sympathy for Milo even though he's a pretty strange guy. All of the cultural references in the book seemed to be snatched out of my own childhood memories -- so that helped me to enjoy the book more too.

Still, I'm not sure that this story will work for everyone, hence the hedging between 3 and 4 stars.

This is my second Matthew Dicks book and while I enjoyed the plot of the first one (Something Missing) I never wa
Aug 10, 2010 Joanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I really really loved Something Missing, and thought perhaps this would be a sequel, but it's not. It's a stand-alone about yet another guy (Milo of the title) with compulsive habits ("demands"). These are distracting to him and to me as a reader, and since his meeting the demand (e.g., opening a jelly jar) results in a physical release that's practically sexual, it's uncomfortable to read. Milo is supposed to be a good guy, and he certainly is kind to people, but he isn't that likable.

I was als
Jan 22, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I read by this author and it was just as good as the first. I really love books about eccentric people, and he definitely delivers! Milo has a weird disorder where he has a compulsion to do certain things, and remains tense until he can do so..they range from simple like bowling a strike to bizarre (singing 99 Luftbaloons in German" His marriage to Christine, his wife, is falling apart. And he discovers a video confessional left on a park bench by a woman he doesn't know, ...more
Caanan Grall
Oct 03, 2012 Caanan Grall rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
I love this book mainly because I share a similar world view to the main character (and therefore, possibly the author? Don't know.) I just found myself nodding in recognition to so many 'insights' dropped throughout this book, and we're never happier than when we're hearing how right we are, right? ;) The vide camera confessional is a very interesting premise, and the peek in to the mind of a protagonist with OCD was pretty fascinating. I don't know how clinically correct it is, but I'm choosin ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Whle I did not fall in love with Milo as I had hoped I would, other characters did elicit strong emotions. I strongly disliked Milo's wife, Christine and very much liked - well, I won't give it away - but I really liked some of the female characters at the end of the book. I found Milo's quirks to be a little too offbeat for my liking and sometimes found it distracting... but I suppose that OCD is "supposed " to be distracting and poor Milo was distracted all of the time. All in all, it was a go ...more
Sep 16, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
I loved this sweet funny story about quirky Milo. A joy to read.
Sep 05, 2015 Dlora rated it really liked it
This is a story about keeping secrets and how they impact lives. I very much liked Milo as a character, a man with obsessive-compulsive disorder who has been hiding his oddness from people all his life, trying to look normal. He realizes he has been a fraud to all who knew him, "an actor playing a role for his audience, yet he was the only one who knew there was a performance going on." "Normalcy, in Milo's mind, was consistently underrated by the normal." As the story opens, Milo is dealing wit ...more
Joanna Nunez
Sep 02, 2015 Joanna Nunez rated it it was amazing
I am really liking Matthew Dicks as an author, but for some reason this was his hardest book for me to get into.
I don't know why, because it was an excellent book. I read "Imaginary Friend" in 24 hours and "Something's Missing" in 2 days. I started "Milo" and set it down for about two weeks. I'd read a page here and there, but for some reason, just didn't get caught up in it. What kept me going? "Conflagration"
Why was Milo constantly thinking "conflagration"? Was he going to set something on f
Apr 13, 2015 Nick rated it liked it
I found this book by accident in the library. What drew me to it was not the content but the fact the local connections--the writer teaches in West Hartford, CT, a town I know well, and the main character lives in nearby Newington. Unfortunately, the main character irriated me, a lot, as I got into the book. We know that he endearingly quirky (ill?) and is married to a materialistic and bitchy person who can't appreciate him. But, throughout the book I was thinking that since he was hiding his c ...more
Oct 18, 2014 Kylie rated it really liked it
I found this slower going at first, than the excellent 'Something Missing', mostly because I actually found it really sad. I found it so sad that Milo was able to hide his OCD behaviours from such a young age, and never receive any help for something that can usually be managed if you get the right mental health practitioner.

I felt sad that his worry that maybe his lifetime friend and certainly his wife, would not be able to handle the truth of his life was pretty much accurate - mental illness
Aaron (Typographical Era)
Aug 21, 2010 Aaron (Typographical Era) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, nook
Way better than Matthew Dicks first novel Something Missing, but it still misses the mark in several key places. At least with this novel though, the author has learned that writing more than one character makes for a far more interesting book, and that dialog and conversations between characters can be useful and engaging. Unexpectedly, Milo is a nice enough story, however there are quite few things that feel incomplete, wrong, or just feel like a complete cop out.
Dmitri Parker
Apr 25, 2015 Dmitri Parker rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book.
Soke reviewssaid it'd be very funny, humorous. I didn't think so, but I did find it very entertaining and exciting.
The perpetual scheming and secrecy Milo had to do and uphold, and all the quirky things he did to avoid blowing his cover where like tiny little Hercule Poirot snippets. Fascinating, sometimes even uncanny.
What I liked most about this book may be, that in Milo, Matthew Dicks has created a character I could identify with.
Characters you get to like, dislike o
Jan 15, 2016 Jaimie rated it it was ok
***2016 Reading Challenge - A book about a road trip***
My first book of 2016 and the first of my reading challenge for the year!
This is the third book I have read by Matthew Dicks, the others being Something Missing and Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. I really enjoyed the other two books (Something Missing is a book I regularly recommend), and I usually like Matthew Dicks' writing style. He can be counted on to write about an unusual topic with interesting and very unique characters. I always fi
Feb 11, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is wonderfully complex.

There is a lot of introspection, so if you are someone who likes action or fast moving plots, this might not fit the bill but for anyone who enjoys getting to know a character, then this book is great. I will admit to skimming over parts where the introspection carried on a tad too long for me but Milo is so quirky, and so honest about how his quirkiness effects his life, that it was fun getting to know him. Plus he is a grea
Deepika Negi
Nov 15, 2014 Deepika Negi rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly Milo is a book which makes you take a small break from the life and have a good look at yourself. It works as a mirror when you realize that probably at some level you are no different than Milo.
Because of his medical condition Milo is forced to hide a big part of his personality from the people he loves. He is scared of being judged so he keeps his 'weirdness'only to himself, only to feel alone and burdened with his secrets.
And you realize that you are also leading your life in t
Apr 18, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: botns
This book about quirky Milo got better and better as I read. I enjoyed the characters, especially Milo's relationship with Emma.
Apr 17, 2014 Xinh rated it it was ok
I was kind of meh about this book. I spent a good portion of it annoyed at both the main character and his wife because they were both stupid. The wife because the guy wasn't a freaking mind reader so how was he supposed to know what she meant when she wasn't clear. Most people would've taken what she said to him the way he took it. And then I'd be annoyed with the guy for not being honest with his wife about the crap he was going through. Like she's a freaking mind reader too? Mainly, what save ...more
May 30, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! So sad to reach the last page....
Oct 29, 2011 Conor rated it liked it
Shelves: senior-year
Unexpectedly Milo
Matthew Dicks

Unexpectedly Milo is a book of which I have mixed emotions. It is longer than it has to be, but a quick read. It is a story I have seen a number of times, but with a very unique variation. Its not a story for everyone, but one in which I relate very much to.

The protagonist, Milo, appears to have OCD that was never diagnosed. His marriage is ruined, and he is always at the wrong place at the wrong time. His wife distances himself from him further and further, an
Jul 24, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Upon first finishing this book I was convinced it was more sad than happy. All the other reviews had raved about it's humor and I didn't get it. I think I might now.
Milo is an average guy hiding a not so average secret. He has these demands in his head that tell him to do strange things like pop Weebles in doors and let the air out of all four tires. If he doesn't meet these demands in a reasonable time they become worse, so much so that he can't function. Somehow though Milo has managed to hid
Aug 20, 2010 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
In his first novel, SOMETHING MISSING, Mr. Dicks introduced us to Martin Railsback, a different sort of thief, with OCD. In this book we meet Milo Slade, a health care worker with OCD-ish tendencies, which complicate his everyday life and are, quite possibly, at the root of his current crumbling marital situation. One day Milo finds a video camera complete with a collection of sixteen tapes on a park bench. As he begins to watch the tapes, ostensibly in order to locate the owner of the camera, h ...more
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Matthew Dicks is the author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo, and the upcoming The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide, and his most recent is an international bestseller. He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musical Caught in the Middle. He is a column ...more
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