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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
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Jul 16, 2012

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What I loved: the moments of brilliance and hilarity. I also loved Edgar's relationship with Art.
What I liked: The first half of the book just zipped by. I couldn't put it down. I even read it standing up in the middle of the dishwasher section at Sears while waiting for my significant other to make a decision (I let him pick out a dishwasher because of this book HOLY CRAP).
What I didn't like: The ending was so rushed. I feel cheated out of over half of Edgar's life. I also did not understand the relationship between Barry and Edgar, and additionally why Edgar treated him like crap. What was going on there? Sure, Barry was a spooky druggie, but in a twisted and bizarre way he seemed to be looking out for Edgar. It totally didn't help that no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get Barry Weiss from Storage Wars out of my head. And as we all know, Barry Weiss is kind of a cute old fart. Perhaps I made him the Barry in this book because he's also slightly crazy.
Overall, it was an entertaining read, but I do not feel a sense of enjoyment. I just feel confused and riled. And I'm not sure if that makes the book a good book, unless that was the aim of Udall.

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