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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason McKinney This might be the best opening for a book review I've ever read...


message 2: by Jessica (last edited Dec 04, 2012 02:30PM) (new)

Jessica Thank you Jason. Whether you're referring to my disdain for Glee or the lingering anger at the fellow, I'm glad you found it funny. Satire is hard to pull off, because so many get the tone wrong. If it's too campy or too vicious, I don't like it. Semple strikes the right balance here, I think.


message 3: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I am just glad to see that other people use the term "asshat". It's my favorite go to word!


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie To which age group would you recommend this book? It seems really great.


message 5: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I'd say a mature 13- or 14-year-old could handle it. There isn't really any material that would be inappropriate, but a lot of the satire and the reasons for the action might fly over their heads.


message 6: by Julie (new)

Julie Thanks Jessica!


message 7: by Annabel (new)

Annabel Smith 'douche-canoe' + 'asshat' OMG, i hope that poor guy isn't on Goodreads. Smackdown!


message 8: by Katie (new)

Katie You had me at "douche canoe" Thanks for the entertaining review!


message 9: by Jessica (last edited Nov 30, 2012 04:18PM) (new)

Jessica Ha, I'm glad so many people found this so entertaining. It's not like I'm a bitter, scorned woman or anything. I will just occasionally bring up the time he made the comment and the response is always, "Why did you date him?" I never have a good answer except, "Well, I probably shouldn't" but now I think of it whenever the topic of good satire comes up (which is, oddly, frequently).


message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura Haha! Hilarious. I just read your review and then read it aloud to my husband. Simply the best introduction to a review ever. Well done. Based on that paragraph alone, what other books do you like?


message 11: by Jessica (last edited Dec 11, 2012 05:56PM) (new)

Jessica For a book that's funny in a good-natured, not necessarily vulgar, way check out Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. One of my favorites from last year.


message 12: by Shoshana (new)

Shoshana haha! i liked glee until they started singing. i can't deal with that awful, overly-earnest, Disney-style singing.


message 13: by Carly (new)

Carly Svamvour A Douche Canoe! Ha ha ha!


message 14: by Toni (new)

Toni Great review. I am currently reading the book and I love it. I live in Seattle and I am laughing out loud at the references to driving, 5 way intersections, and one way streets. It's a hoot.


message 15: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Man, if I'd known that all I needed to do to get nearly 100 likes on a review was use the word "douchecanoe," I'd have put it in all my reviews.


message 16: by Sondra (new)

Sondra O'steen Nice word usage. I can see you've read the Lux novels.


message 17: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Yikes, I actually don't have a clue what the Lux novels are. "Douche canoe" is just something my friend and I say to each other to refer to men who have been less than nice.


message 18: by Sondra (new)

Sondra O'steen Oh, my mistake! The main female character always said douche canoe, asshat and a few other colorful words. I figured that's where you got it from.


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Ha, no worries. I have a tendency to throw out colorful words and phrases - so much so that I was once gifted a book called "Creative Cursing." :)


message 20: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Not sure how I feel about this: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news...


message 21: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Lane Excellent review, Jessica. I also loved Domestic Violets. Great quote from Bernadette's letter at the end of the book.


message 22: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Thanks, Jennifer! I think it's a shame that Domestic Violets isn't more well-known.


message 23: by Laura (new)

Laura Ellison Great review. I can see them making it into a movie but I'm not sure I want the people who wrote 500 Days of Summer to be doing it. That was depressing and you're correct in that satire can be a difficult thing to get just right.


message 24: by Debra (new)

Debra L. I love this review.


message 25: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Thanks, Debra and Laura!


message 26: by Ingrid (new)

Ingrid Dayton Douche canoe! Cool. My new favorite insult.


message 27: by Whitney (new)

Whitney I literally laughed out loud reading this review.


message 28: by Dode (new)

Dode how can i read i am knew


message 29: by Monica (new)

Monica Sack I always get about 100 pages into a book and then read reviews of it, which is when I ran across this. After learning that you are not a Glee fan and you use the word asshat, I have a feeling I will surely enjoy the rest of this book. Thank you!


message 30: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I hope you like it, Monica. I never could believe that the guy though 1) I didn't get satire and 2) that Glee was an example of successful satire. I thought this was such a fun book.


message 31: by Kate (new)

Kate Hearn Adding asshat to my vocabulary...and I'm not a fan of glee either, so just the opening of your review made me need to read this book!


message 32: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly i like this jst because you used Douche canoe.. haven't heard that one in a while. ;-)


message 33: by Jason (new)

Jason Beem I am going to try and incorporate the term "douche canoe" into my life in some capacity on a daily basis.


message 34: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I find it really is the best term for expressing displeasure with another human being.


message 35: by Lillian (new)

Lillian Love your smart review...made me smile. I am reading it now. I so Identify with Bernadette. I stuff my dirty dishes are in the oven til there is no more room.


message 36: by Julie (new)

Julie Montgomery I would hire you to blog for me.


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Aww, thank you Julie! That's quite a compliment!


message 38: by Kristin (new)

Kristin I'm going to start using "douche canoe".


message 39: by Cutler (new)

Cutler Great review! You might want to add in a spoiler tag though, as you reveal some important characterization not learned until far in the book. Regardless, I loved this book too!


message 40: by Aishie (new)

Aishie Douche canoe, has been appropriated, and will be used henceforth


message 41: by Michael (new)

Michael Martin Great review.


message 42: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Thank you, everyone. Though Jon Stewart referring to the GOP as Orwellian zebra queefs makes me think I need to work a little harder.


message 43: by Trisha (new)

Trisha I haven't read this book, but I'm glad to meet someone else who hasn't been suckered in by Glee. :P


message 44: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten You're right on with this statement: "It's ultimately about self-acceptance--finding what makes you happy and learning how to balance that with the expectations of others that you can't shake off."


message 45: by Natlukens (new)

Natlukens Glee sucks.


message 46: by Nikki (new)

Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V. I think it quite funny that he thought Glee was a good example of satire. I would think, based on his comment, that he doesn't understand satire.


message 47: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I know, right? I do think that the first half-season was cute enough, but I very quickly told him that Glee doesn't successfully satirize anything. I still tell people about this - what, four years later? - and their response is always the same: no, it's not good satire and why did you date him?


message 48: by Jo (new)

Jo Verity What's a 'douche canoe'? Sounds fascinating but a little unsavoury.


message 49: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Jo - It's just a variation of using douche as an insult, someone whose level of douchiness goes above and beyond normal limits.


message 50: by Jo (new)

Jo Verity Gotcha!


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