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Overqualified by Joey Comeau
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Dec 16, 11

bookshelves: books-that-made-me-cry, short-stories-adult, re-read
Read in December, 2011

A book hasn't hit me this hard in the gut in a while. I expected funny. I expected to love it, but I really didn't expect to wind up crying by the first 15 pages. Little tiny things would get me. Single sentences had the power to change the tone of an entire page. Sentences that seems to slip through the subconscious, sneak into a cover letter, and turn it into a diary. The voyeur in me loved it. The obsessive nostalgia and regret mixed with hints into the present where nothing is going quite right. It felt like a diary or reading a pile of love letters...or perhaps break-up letters is more appropriate. Almost felt dirty for getting into the narrators brain so much and the idea of these letters, so open, obsessive and painful, being sent to HR drones at various soul-less companies completely warms my heart. Oh and I should note, it did make me laugh a lot still. Tears came from both ends of the spectrum. Can't wait to read his other books now.

Read: July 2009
2nd Read: Dec 2011
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