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Too Good to Be True by Benjamin Anastas
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Feb 03, 2013

did not like it

Why can't you give a book no stars, Goodreads? This doesn't deserve any.

I hated this book so much I live-tweeted my hate-reading of it to my friend Lisa. I will let the tweets speak for themselves.


so I am reading "Too Good To Be True" (Benjaman Anastas) and may need you to read and review it. I have... judgmental opinions.

because author is not funny. Also you cannot write about "knowing what it is like to be really broke" and about your iPhone/Mac.

also my good reads review will include how many times, per page, I thought: "Get a job." (Max so far has been 17.)

"I have to go to the coin star with my son to buy coffee and pirates booty, it is humiliating" "NO YOU DON'T!" It's a hate read.

I mean, if you don't have a job why can't you go while kid is at school/with custodial parent?

and how broke can you be if you are still regularly digging up $10-30 in change???

also, why should we feel bad your wife left you for more successful writer when you cheated first?

there is a 4 page recap of a FB thread that made him feel bad. Bc participants (who he didn't even know!) were competent.
and viewed spare change as windfall, not primary income stream. I hate this guy so much.

he is now charging $225 couples therapy sessions. his wife is already living with someone else.

Sometimes he is so broke he can't get lemonade w/his pupusas at the Brooklyn flea

he is too broke to buy his girlfriend a nine---NINE--- carat diamond ring

after he moved to the smallest one bedroom apt he had ever seen he spent $90 on a psychic healer

9 page letter to ex-wife's new partner!

he has $60 credit left on a visa so he can afford to take a cab!

his own life "turned into a story that I didn't choose" except that it was created by his action/inaction

oh thank god 170 pages in and he FINALLY got a temp job. Like I yelled at him to do for previous 169 pages.
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Reading Progress

February 3, 2013 – Started Reading
February 3, 2013 – Shelved
February 7, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Joan Cohen How do you really feel about this book, Hannah??? Hope that the author reads your thoughts. Why did the publishers think this book was such a good idea? For whose benefit?


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