From Publishers Weekly
Yet another hollow Nick Hornby knock-off, Mebus's charm-impaired first novel tells the story of David, a 20-something living in Manhattan who spends most of his time trying to get over his last girlfriend (the Eater of Souls, as he dubs her) while simultaneously looking for a new soul mate ("You need to find another love of your life to eventually screw over"). During the day, David pretends to work at a children's television show, but spends most of his time worrying about his fantasy baseball team. At home in his tiny apartment, he taps away at a screenplay ("I think I would be a fantastic screenwriter"), and every once in a while he practices his electric guitar by jamming through the wall with his neighbor. But for the most part David obsesses about women, the one he can't forget (his ex) and this week's girl of his dreams (the Goddess, who is on the rebound herself). Meanwhile, David's friends slack off at their own jobs, drag David to strip clubs and somehow still find time to ask the important questions concerning men and women: "You gonna get some?" Staccato pacing, tired references (Victoria's Secret, hot yoga chicks) and unfunny gags will lose most readers, despite occasional flashes of sharp urban observation. Mebus strives for naughty wryness, but winds up just sounding callow.
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In this would-be Bridget Jones
for guys, an everyman is mired in a job he doesn't like (producer for a puppet show); he can't even get anywhere in his fantasy baseball league; and he can't begin to convince his crazy ex-girlfriend to stop calling him. But then he meets "The Goddess," a beautiful, witty, and elusive woman who sets his heart afire, and it looks like things might turn around--if he could only remember her name. Naturally, his adoration of the Goddess doesn't prevent him from fooling around with a coworker or fantasizing about "Bendy Girl," who has been brought on to teach yoga to puppets. The comedic star of the book is the sidekick, Jim, who chases after Goth girls on the Internet (a habit that has hilarious consequences) and tries desperately to get fired from his job so he can collect unemployment. Though the novel is marred by awkward plot devices and gags that fall flat, it proves to have a surprisingly big heart (and the slapstick is often very funny). John GreenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved