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Etiquette for the End of the World by Jeanne  Martinet
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Sep 05, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: netgalley-arc, contemporary-fiction, mysterious-mysteries
Read from August 25 to September 03, 2012

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Original Review: What the fuck did I just read?

After a couple of days:

Dear Tess Knows Best Eliot,

I’m going through a really difficult time right now. I have to write a review of Etiquette for the End of the World, but even though it was really boring, offensive, and schizophrenic, I can’t come up with anything to say! How do you even start reviewing a book that calls itself a romantic comedy, but is more All About Steve than Annie Hall? The romantic “twist” is so badly telegraphed it hardly counts, and is offensive as hell to boot! Plus, halfway through, the author completely forgot she was writing a romantic comedy and turned it into a conspiracy thriller/supernatural/travel fiction! No, I don’t know how it’s all supposed to work, either. As a famous columnist, and one time chapter header writer on an etiquette guide, can you get me out of this?

Sincerely,
Bored of Everlasting Stupid Tropes, Reading Even Very Irritatingly Exasperating Works for Enthusiastic Review, Even Veritably Enraging Romances

Dear BEST REVIEWER EVER,

When my boyfriend Matt dumped me for my feng-shui expert neighbor, I didn’t sit at home and moan. I went to the bar and ordered laundry-themed drinks from my hot, gay BFF. And when I lost my job writing this column, (sorry this won’t get published in some big-shot NYC newspaper, by the way,) I didn’t wallow in self pity. I went to the bar and ordered laundry-themed drinks from my hot, gay BFF! BEST REVIEWER EVER, what I’m saying is you need to get out of your slump. Fly to Mexico or London or the beach, even if you’re flat broke like yours truly. The change of scenery, and all the gin, will do you good.

If that still doesn’t help BEST REVIEWER EVER, we’re going to have to get drastic. First, steal mail from your 84 year old ex-boss. Then go visit some end of the world loonies and take a massively profitable writing job, even if it will embroil you in an international cult trying to bring about the apocalypse. There, BEST REVIEWER EVER, you’ll meet a smoking hot, mysterious Hollywood exec. who will sweep you off your feet in a whirlwind romance unlike any you have ever know. It’s only a shame he’s also a pathological liar who will tell you his ex-girlfriend stabbed all of his suits, when it was really the cult members, keeping you from getting out while you still can. When he stands you up on New Years, causing you to panic and reveal the detective work you’ve been doing on the side to one of the sketchiest cult members of all, don’t drown your sorrows at the bar…oh no wait, yes do that.

BEST REVIEWER EVER, now’s the part where it gets really tricky. Remember that detective work I mentioned? Well you are going to research a new idea for the end of the world. It will lead you to a librarian who will tell you she found secret plans for a nanobot that could bring down all technology as we know it. Being afraid of these plans falling into wrong hands, she won’t destroy them. She will hide them in an obscure book about beetles. The psycho you’re working for will be obsessed with beetles. His lackey, the one cutting up suits and the one you’re going to have to reveal all these plans to, will steal the book for his boss, inadvertently stealing the apocalypse plans too. I know this is a lot to take in, so pause for a stiff drink.

You may need to take time out for a side plot about your brother stealing your inheritance, I know mine did. This will probably result in baby rabies and a psychic salad-dressing obsessed aunt. You will also start having prophetic dreams about Mexico and earthquakes, just like one of the nutters at the cult. This is totally normal and not mass hysteria, but a tiny bit of the supernatural. Just to spice life up.

Anyway BEST REVIEWER EVER, don’t bother going to the police, because they think you’re nuts. Gather up Gay BFF and fly to London to meet with the cult leader in person. He’ll turn out to be even more mad scientist-y than feared, but you’ll be able to talk your way out of him killing you. You may even get gifts! Make sure to steal a vial of his nanobot solution, because you’re going to need that to prove you haven’t had too many Spin Cycles. On the way home, you’ll meet that same librarian, who’s now a stewardess, and she’ll be able to smuggle the vial through customs for you. This will leave you free to confess to Gay BFF that you’re in love with him. He’ll confess that he’s not really gay; his “boyfriend” is actually his son! (This is a very advanced maneuver, BEST REVIEWER EVER, don’t try this unless you’re sure you’re in a terrible book.) You may now advance to your HEA.

In the end, the Hollywood Exec. will show back up for you to realize he was just a rebound. The government will totally let you go incite hysteria while they quietly deal with the wacko cult leader, whose serum didn’t even work anyway. You’ll settle down to being the stepmother of not-Gay BFF’s kid, while you both make hilarious gay jokes about how could you ever think he was a queen, giiiiirlfriend? And then you’ll get a book deal out of the whole thing! If that’s not enough to break through writer’s block, BEST REVIEWER EVER, I don’t know what is. Maybe you’ll have to write a parody of something.

Now dear, I’m off to Mexico to play poker with some colorful stereotypes. There’s nothing like spending those book advances on expensive, spur-of-the-moment plane tickets!

<3

Tess "Etiquette for the End of the World" Eliot
Totally Awesome Relatable Character.
Super Not Racist/Homophobic. Pinkie Swear.
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Reading Progress

08/25/2012
11.0%
08/29/2012
33.0% "The love interest is such bad news he makes my skin crawl and it feels like they're setting up for a comic misunderstanding where the gay BFF isn't gay, but in love with the main character. And if that happens, I WILL HAVE SO MANY WORDS."
08/31/2012
48.0% "Well skipping from thinking about jumping your gay BFF in your bedroom to three weeks later when your bf has dumped you is certainly an INTERESTING way to tell a story..."
09/02/2012
61.0% "Jetsetting off to Mexico to research the doomsday book. Of course."
09/03/2012
88.0% "FUCK THIS BOOK."
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) Hahahaha oh dear. Oooh dear. I gave up on this one 30 pages in. I'm impressed that you managed to finish it.


Danielle I like chick lit. I like funny romances. I like newspaper advice columns. How could this go so, so wrong?! AND I HAVE SO MANY WORDS.


Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) I can tell. I schadenfreudly can't wait for your review.


Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) this. was. epic.
and awesome. I may need to read it again to take in alll the wonderfullness.


Danielle Yay! You make my day,lady. :D


Danielle NetGalley did provide me this book free of charge, in exchange for an HONEST review. Unfortunately, the book was honestly bad for me.

I'm glad you enjoyed it though! Sorry you can't see that people are allowed to have different opinions. Good luck out there in the world, Rich.


Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) You got trolled? Seriously? WTF.


Danielle Wait, did he delete his comments? His second one was actually not bad at all, agree to disagree and all that.


Danielle And now I look all psycho and bitchy.


Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) it looks that way? Or he deleted his account... which makes me think sock puppet.


Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) Ha no. You look like you were trolled and stood up for yourself. :)


Jennifer D You could have kept it at "what the fuck did I just read?" but now I double like your review! I would have done something lengthy but to be honest I didn't want to think about it anymore. So kudos to you, I enjoyed your review more than the book lol!


Vanessa West This review is approximately 1,000 times better than the actual book. Also much quicker to read.


message 14: by Danielle (last edited Sep 06, 2012 03:06PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Danielle Jennifer, after I spent 3 days trying to write something and being completely uninspired, I almost did just leave it. But since NetGalley did give it to me for review, I felt obligated.

I'm glad you liked it again though! :D

Edit: And thank you V!


Jennifer D Danielle wrote: "Jennifer, after I spent 3 days trying to write something and being completely uninspired, I almost did just leave it. But since NetGalley did give it to me for review, I felt obligated.

I'm glad ..."


I got it through NetGalley as well, and my real review is on my blog. I just couldn't write another review (or copy and paste). I thought pictures expressed my feelings better. : D


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