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You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
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Jul 12, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-2012
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Easily Lethem's worst book to date. Sure, it's still enjoyable, but would I say it's worth your time? Nope. It starts off so promising, inside of a rock band, with its break ups and makeups, its poor decisions and failure to start. They still haven't played their first show, though they are nearing thirty, they still don't have a name and work crappy part time jobs. Then there is a mysterious caller and a kangaroo and the book gets wild. I was prepared to love this, but it didn't work.

Why doesn't it work? Because about two thirds of the books plot points depend upon a series of increasingly unlikely coincidences, which is bad enough, but the final third of the decisions made by the characters are mostly out of the blue, without precedent or real warning. You can certainly make an argument as to why things happen, but largely, it feels sloppy at best. There is a point where a character overhears a conversation in a dream. I was loving it, because it was such a silly, ridiculous dream that illustrated the paranoid worst case scenario of someone who is determined to ruin their life, but then it turned out to be real? And then another half dozen coincidences lined up?

Neither as zany as it could be or as serious as it should be, the novel ends up a fizzle and disappointment.
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