I like Jesse Eisenberg as an actor. Personally, he nailed the role of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and I've always enjoyed his dry wit. So when I saw this book on the "New Release" section of my local library, I decided to pick it up. Quite frankly, it reminded a lot of Ryan Howard's (I mean, B.J. Novak's "One More Thing..."). A series of short stories, conversations, and other odd-ball pieces of writing put together to form a book.
The title comes from the first story, a young boy gives restaurant reviews but hidden in these reviews he reveals his sad life involving his alcoholic mother, runaway father, and no friends to spend time with. This, in my opinion, was the strongest entry in the book so the fact that Eisenberg opens with it made me look forward to the rest.
However, the rest never fully lives up to the beginning. That's not to say it's all bad as there are some funny moments in these stories but other chapters left me wondering what the point was - not funny, not poignant, just strange.
I do recommend this quick read as it has some redeeming qualities. I would put it slightly below Novak's work but still worth checking out.
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