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A fascinating, timely, and thought-provoking meditation on the craziness of our internet-obsessed culture, the generational divide between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials, and just how far our lives can drift from what we've planned, Daniel Torday's Boomer1 is both funny and eerily prescient.
Mark is a bluegrass musician, a journalist and editor, and a student completing his PhD in English. He hopes to find fame as an insightful political writer, although ...more
Mark - Cassie - Julia - each have a voice in this fascinating- relevant and frightening look at people ‘my age’ - 60’s retirement age -
and my daughter’s age - mid 30’s -
and the contribution our grandparents made who came from the War—
It’s a terrific book ....lots to engage in — great storytelling. Themes - locations and daily life for these folks are tied together brilliantly:
- who has them?
- who ...more
This slow going look at millennial issues with the baby boomer generation just did not work for me.
While I had no issue with the writing style itself, told from three perspectives, I never connected with the characters enough to care about them or their relationships, and the music subplot fell flat for me.
Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
What to say about Boomer1? The story focuses on the apparent generational divide between baby boomers and millennials. Mark has tried to make it as an academic and journalist in New York, but he’s ended up back in his parents’ basement in the Midwest. He reinvents himself as a raging millennial, posting video diatribes about how it’s time for baby boomers to cede their place to millennials, ending each diatribe with “boom boom”. Meanwhile, Mark’s ex-girlfriend Cassie is climbing the ...more
So, I can tell you this story is about two young adults, Cassie from Ohio who changed her name before moving to New York City, and Mark, who as a side job plays in a band with Cassie and loves her very much. Cassie won't marry him, because she really prefers women, although Mark is clueless. They both have poorly paying day jobs and are barely subsisting, and Mark blames his lack of success on the Baby Boomer generation as a whole, because ...more
”I can't get no satisfaction, I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no”
-- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones, Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Boy meets girl. Boy lives with girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy proposes to girl. Girl walks away. Boy loses job. Boy moves home with parents. Boy becomes Boomer1 online. Boy rants online about baby boomers having “all the jobs.” Boy incites ...more
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Daniel Torday for the advanced copy for review.
Full review can be found here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/04/19/bo...
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Wow! Tough book to review.
I actually hated the book at first because it was an unadulterated attack on Baby Boomers and all that they have accomplished. And a call to arms for them to all retire, so that Millenials can take the good jobs.
At that point in the book---I wanted to rip through the pages and smack the sh%& out of the characters for being whiney babies and not ...more
It’s narrated from three perspectives—Mark Brumfeld, whose life isn’t turning out the way he thought it would, his love interest Cassie, a bluegrass bassist who discovers a hidden ...more
Boomer1 tells the story of Mark Brumfeld, an unemployed writer and would-be academic who is forced to move back to his parent's home. He begins a series of video rants against Baby Boomers that go viral and his life is upended in unexpected ways.
Written in 10 different parts, each featuring either Mark, his ex girlfriend Cassie or his mother, Julia, Torday's stunning writing is smart, funny and drives an ...more
Three stars because the basic idea of this book is ...more
'They were baby boomers. They had and they had and they had, as if that was the very condition of their own existance- having, owning, getting, living out Bellow’s I want, I want, I want- while he and his generation had not. They, too, wanted plenty, but they did not have.'
For Mark Brumfeld his talents as a Bluegrass musician, journalist, and now holding a PhD in English- life hasn't taken him to the places his youthful dreams promised. Unlike ...more
Yes, as some other Goodreads reviewers have pointed out, the three main characters are shallow. At times I wanted to slap each of them silly over the choices they made. But they are not portrayed in a shallow fashion. It is clear that each -- of whatever age, gender or sexual orientation -- is fairly confused at the various turns ...more
This was one odd little book and I think it will take quite some time for me to fully formulate my thoughts. Boomer1 has a very unique premise and that was what drew me to the novel. Mark Brumfeld enters his thirties with no real prospects, as his girlfriend Cassie has just refused his proposal of marriage and dumped him. He is out of work, in debt, and has to move back in with his parents. It occurs to him one day that the reason there are no jobs for millennials is because the baby ...more
Told through the eyes of Mark,Cassie and Mark's mother we have voices of all generations.
One thing that bothered me was the huge words over and over again. Not necessary. I felt like a lot of this should have been edited better as Mark comes off as out of touch and entitled. Cassie is more go with the flow and Julia certainly doesn't want her ...more
Mark tries so hard to succeed but fails miserably and embarrassingly at every turn. His friend (wish girlfriend) Cassie, on the other hand, is wildly successful in any venture she makes a small effort with. The perspective of Mark’s mother, Julia, adds another dimension to the ...more
In his provocative second novel (after The Last Flight of Poxl West), Torday takes the idea of generational warfare a step further. When 31-year-old Mark Brumfeld—overeducated, underemployed, and freshly rejected by his bandmate and would-be fiancée Cassie—moves back to his parents' house in Baltimore to lick his wounds, he channels his frustration into a series of furious "Boomer Missives" under the moniker ...more
I particularly like the wry generational observations. "It wasn't easy after twenty-two years of school, growing inured to the rules of grammar and typography, and years of magazine editing in between, growing more meticulous than he ...more
And then there is Julia, Mark’s mother, an aging folk ...more