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Everyone Loves You Back

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Sex. Wine. Jazz. Existential dread. Meet Bob, a sarcastic radio technician who has enough on his plate trying to navigate his forties without his Cambridge neighborhood becoming overrun by urban treehuggers and uppity intellectuals in tracksuits. Between a love triangle, a rapidly shrinking job market, and the looming threat of finally growing up, Bob is forced to dig deep ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 21st 2016 by Gorsky Press
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Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is my first introduction to this author. The saying is "First impressions matter". Well Mrs. Cronin really made a great impression on me. I recently watched the movie, Gran Torino featuring Clint Eastwood. In the movie he plays a grumpy, old man, who hates his neighbors due to their race. Yet in the end he becomes fast friends with his neighbors. I am not saying that Bob was that way but this is the image I got of him. His dueling with his neighbors may not have been as bad and in the ...more
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of "truthiness" in this book.  It's almost painfully real.  I kept wondering if this is what my life would be like in 15 years.  Except I'm the opposite of an unmarried man without children, but his thoughts, his woes and complaints were very familiar to me.  One might go so far as to call this moving. Or even relatable.  Although it sounds like a bummer, Everyone Loves You Back is anything but.  Slightly on the dry side, with a healthy dose of hilarity, this story of a man without ...more
Michel L. Spitzer
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful first novel and a real surprise. It captures the essence of life in Cambridge, Ma. in the 80's and 90's where the townies, the few who are left, have to deal with developers and the often pretentious ways of the academic types associated with Harvard and MIT. The author is masterful when it comes to the language of the day and she is a keen observer of human nature. You won't forget these characters and you will look forward to her next book, which, I hope, comes soon.
Diana Traylor
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A just plain fun and delightful read. I want more like it!
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Bob Boland notes that in Cambridge, Massachusetts everyone loves you back. Of course, he’s saying it sarcastically. They love you if you fall into line with how they want you to be, and capitulation isn’t Bob’s forte. In Everyone Loves You Back he struggles with his age, his neighbors, management, love and other sundry upheavals, all the while refusing to march in some predetermined rhythm.

Bob, a beautifully flawed self-assessor, is easy to love. His honest, biting observati
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book captures the reality of Cambridge and the people who live there. Every character is authentic and realistic. I laughed at the excellent description of the consultant brought in to help the team bond - just so genuine!! The characters are real humans who deal with real situations. But this book also captures the reality of the changing scene in Cambridge....smelling pot as you walked through Harvard Square; the longtime residents being pushed out by the yuppies; the old VS. the new... G ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the funniest, and most captivating, novel about workplace change (and dysfunction) I've read since Joshua Ferris's Then We Came to the End, though it goes beyond just the work life of the main character, Bob. I love the course Bob charts between thumbing his nose at the forces of change and adapting to them, so much as he is willing to do so, on his own terms.
Collin Rhea
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pleasure
An entertaining read that every new Cantabrigian should read. It gave me some perspective on the history of our changing neighborhood in an entertaining package!
Katherine Lewis
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an original, delightful tale of life and love in the radio business, set in a gentrifying Cambridge. Loved it!
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A witty look at life in pretentious Cambridge, Massachusetts from the perspective of Bob Boland, a 48-year-old native who is trying to hold on to the family home while working as an engineer at a radio station. What I loved about this book was how perfectly Cronin captured life among academics and professionals who are trying to save a revered Japanese maple tree in the toney section of metropolitan Boston, along with the office politics of the radio industry, vying for market share and chasing ...more
C.B. Anderson
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wit, compassion, suspense, depth: you’ll find all this and more in Everyone Loves You Back—along with fabulous writing and memorably loveable characters. I rooted for Bob Boland from the start, cheered for him when things went well and mourned when they didn’t. And laughed on every single page! Cronin’s sense of humor enlivens each scene even as she renders deft commentary on class, gender and workplace politics. If you like literary novels that offer insight and readability, then you’ll love Ev ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I saw the term “coming-of-middle-age” in the description for this novel, and that’s what hooked me first. I’m 46. As much as I love reading about people in their teens, twenties, and thirties, it’s rare for someone my age to be at the heart of a story.

In Everyone Loves You Back, Louie Cronin has done just that, though, and in Bob, she’s created a character that everyone my age, male and female, can relate to, at least a little.

As much as I loved all the behind-the-scenes radio station scenes – t
Gregory Williams
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clear, lucid writing and a compelling, credible story made for a fun, enjoyable read.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this fun and funny novel about my city Cambridge, MA, and my neighborhood! It's all about jazz, radio engineers & DJs, growing up Irish in a sea of Harvard-y neighbors, Boston winters, saving trees, house maintenance and squirrels in the attic (2 things I know a lot about), falling in love, and realizing one's own value. The author grew up in Cambridge; her dad was the owner of Cronin's Bar and Restaurant on Mt. Auburn St, which was established in 1942 and became Swiss Alps i ...more
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