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My Sweet Saga [Kindle Edition]

Brett Sills
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ready for a crazy, hilarious transatlantic adventure?

At nearly 30 years old, Brandon is barely able to make it through life, much less enjoy it. He is weeks away from what should be one of the happiest days of his life, his wedding day to his fiancée, Clarissa, but his attention is distracted when his estranged, erratic, and oddly eccentric father suddenly reappears with a bizarre demand: to accompany him to Stockholm, Sweden, where they will meet a local who he claims will change their lives. Desperate for even a brief escape from his reality, Brandon reluctantly goes with his father, ready for a disaster. But his life completely changes the moment he meets the mysterious Swedish man's daughter, Saga. On a cobblestone street in the middle of Stockholm, Brandon reawakens to life, but struggles to navigate the messy love triangle with Saga and his fiancée, which includes multiple arrests, hospital stays, terrorist bombs, acts of heroism and foolishness, family secrets, and even a bit of public nudity.

Fans of "Girl With A Dragon Tattoo" will relish their return to Stockholm in this smart, whimsical, yet romantic tale from an American's point of view. It's the perfect book for an international flight.


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"sexy, clever and funny with plot twists at every turn that will leave you guessing to the very last page." - Novelicious.com

"In the end ... it's the narrator's way with words that is sure to stay with the reader." - Publishers Weekly

"He skillfully moves the reader from scene to scene, keeping us involved with his characters while making a strong case for visiting Stockholm as soon as possible. (In fact, the Swedish tourism board should be distributing his book.)" - readingreview.com

"Witty and genuinely heartfelt. Exciting and emotional. I can honestly say that it has been a long time since a story has impacted me the way this book did." -thebookhookup.com

"My Sweet Saga is a frenetic, crazed, indulgent romp that recalls Chuck Palahniuk, Steve Hely, Lee Henshaw" - readinasinglesitting.com

About the Author

Brett Sills is a multi-optioned screenwriter, freelance ad writer from Los Angeles, California. He earned a degree in English from Reed College in 2001, and has been trying to use it to the best of his abilities ever since. My Sweet Saga is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615532136
  • Publisher: Admiral J Press (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VGO162
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique. Shockingly funny and geniunely hearfelt. September 28, 2011
By JAC
Format:Paperback
Brandon is an average guy with a less than average life. He's struggling to accept what the future holds for him; a meaningless job, an upcoming marriage he's not sure he wants and disapproving, impending in-laws that constantly remind him that he is not nor never will be good enough for their daughter.

As he attempts to focus on what should be the happiest time of his life, his marriage to Clarissa, Brandon's extremely wealthy yet absent father suddenly reappears, insisting that Brandon accompany him on a spur of the moment trip to Sweden to meet a mysterious man that will supposedly change their lives forever. Although Brandon is reluctant, he gives into his father's demand, prepares himself for the worst and goes to Stockholm. But things don't go as badly as he anticipated... actually, it's quite the opposite. Brandon meets Saga. A beautiful, Swedish woman (obviously not his intended bride) that steals his heart and shows him that there is more to life than just suffering through it.

My Sweet Saga is unique. Witty and genuinely heartfelt. Exciting and emotional. I can honestly say that it has been a long time since a story has impacted me the way this book did. It was written from a guy's POV which produced a truthful and refreshing take on love and life and let me just say this book is beyond hilarious. The author definitely has a brilliant sense of humor. There were so many different parts throughout that had me cracking up... out loud.

Brandon's dialogue is extremely blunt at times, uncensored and brutally honest and perhaps a bit shocking when you first begin reading, but it's one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow start - great ending September 27, 2011
By Dana
Format:Paperback
So ... what can you expect from this book ... well firstly I think I should tell you what not to expect. Don't expect a short, quick read (it's a solid 453 pages) and don't expect to be immediately engaged (it took me about 50 pages or so to get really interested). What you can expect is to chuckle - maybe even laugh - often, once you get into the book. You can expect to be set back on your heels at the language and stark descriptions of sex (it gets very crass so be warned). You can also expect to finish reading with a smile and the feeling that the hours spent reading have been well worth it.

Brandon has quite the boring life when we first meet him: a little weird, but boring. Well, as boring as the life of a young Jewish man, engaged to a young Chinese woman and working in an office where he is the token white in a sea of black, can be. Then his lottery jackpot winning Dad shows up and things start to get really wild! Pretty soon Brandon finds himself impersonating a NASA employee with hopes of becoming an astronaut, juggling two fiancee's over two continents and attaining hero status for an act of desperate stupidity. Needless to say, his life is no longer boring!

My feeling is that this is one of those books that readers will either love or hate. It doesn't lend itself to
ambiguous feelings. The language is strong, the characters are strong, the story is strong so the feelings we have, as readers, are likely to be strong. I started out on the dislike side of the fence but, after meeting Dad, moved solidly over to the love side. As the story progressed, the characters grew and developed, which pleased me. Secrets, I had no idea were being held, were revealed, which pleased me.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is close to, if not, the worst book I have read. I thought it was self indulgent, sexist and racist. I'm sure the author would claim that I have missed the point - that he was trying to make the main character unappealing, but I don't believe it. There is too much time and too much pleasure taken in the denigration of the female characters (apart from the idealised perfection of his love interest) and the pot shots taken at various cultural stereotypes. Either the author does really take pleasure in these comments, or he lacks the skill to pull off dark humour.
I thought that it is no more than an adolescent fantasy, complete with Penthouse letters sex fantasies, heroic rescues, perfect females who for some reason can't help but fall for him and oh so funny cultural commentary - read college-boy snobbery. He tries to put a self-deprecating slant on it all, but it is just not believable. Again I come back to thinking that the author actually thinks that school-boy sexual and racial slurs are actually quite funny and if you get offended you are just too PC. I wasn't offended, I just thought it was crass and lame.
The epiphany at the conclusion was unbelievable and cliched and was more of his "flawed hero" fantasy that the author is convinced that he is. Why did I read it to the end and not put it down? Because i hated it so much i wanted to be able write an honest review of it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Heartfelt, but Not Quite Convincing January 5, 2012
By Sasha
Format:Kindle Edition
*** spoilers ahead ***

Brandon is a thirty-year-old guy who goes through the motions through life. His fiancée, Clarissa, is a complete nag, and his job at an African-American broadcast station where he is the only white employee is as rewarding as a wet rag. So when Brandon gets an out-of-the-blue phone call from his Powerball-winning father, who barely calls twice a year, asking him to accompany him to Sweden, Brandon is looking for a way to escape.

Okay, I have to get a couple of things out of the way: one, I'm not really sure I liked the narrator, Brandon. Some of his comments were offensive, and stated in an offhanded manner that did not quite make it to funny. Also, the fact that he saw nothing wrong with cheating on his fiancée while on an unannounced vacation with some Swedish woman he just met and subsequently fell in love with (?) gave me severe pause. I get that you're frustrated with your life and your fiancée, Brandon. But I still don't like that he cheated in every sense of the word on Clarissa, no matter how annoying she was.

Two, I wasn't quite convinced with Brandon's Swedish love interest, Saga. He meets her by chance and then ends up falling head over heels for her... but even he admits several times throughout the book that he has no idea who she is. I guess you've got to believe in love at first sight in order for that relationship to seem realistic, and in order to overlook the complete lack of chemistry between these two. Plus, Saga was pretty one-dimensional in my opinion. Sure, she is really pretty and she and Brandon end up having great sex or whatever but there was zero character development, something that wasn't resolved by book's end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlike the latest book
Not my cup of tea. Read beginning and knew,it was not for me. Read ending and was convinced not a book I would typically pick the reviews I read steered me wrong.
Published 2 months ago by ripple
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I just could not get interested or even like the characters in this story. I realize it was meant to be funny but I just did not get the humor
Published 4 months ago by D. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book I liked the story but was bummed to find out it's one in a series of books
Published 6 months ago by Rmsl
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books this year
This book drew me in from the very first page. It has everything - sweet romance, sex, humor, sorrow, and twists and turns. Absolutely loved it!
Published 7 months ago by alice walz
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Meaning
A man is engaged to be married but leaves suddenly to meet his Dad in another country. Incidents happen there that makes him wonder if he really wants to marry. Read more
Published 7 months ago by wmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as enjoyable as "Shoveling Snow"
I so enjoyed Sills' second book, "Shoveling Snow" that I couldn't wait to read his first, "My Sweet Saga". I was somewhat disappointed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Houdek
4.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
This book was so funny I had tears rolling down my cheeks! DO NOT read this in public or you will get stares. What a great writer. I look forward to more from him in the future.
Published 14 months ago by bollycats
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Love Story, But Also a Great One.
I bought My Sweet Saga a few months back and I had been holding off on reading it since I felt it was too similar to another book I had purchased called All The Colors. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dustin Fontenot
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Summer Read
The characters is this book feel so real and relatable. The author's point of view (typical guy) is hysterical which is why I feel that this book would be equally enjoyable for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Diana Brobmann
5.0 out of 5 stars don't stop reading!
Takes a while to grab you, can seem bigoted and brash, but keep reading because it is definitely not what it seams like in the beginning. Read more
Published 20 months ago by izka
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