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It Was Umm, Like, You Know...OK
on September 9, 2014
This book is OK. I was really fascinated by the the story after seeing it on Investigation Discovery channel. I read the reviews, and despite there being quite a few really scathing ones, I bought it anyway. I went into reading it knowing what people's complaints were so they wouldn't come as a surprise to me. That being said, I think some were unfair in their assessment of his writing skills. Yes, he used silly words like "BFF" and"ginormous" but, hey, I've used those words so they didn't bother me. What did bother me however was his inconsistency when quoting people. He's very accurate and detailed when quoting someone who uses terms and slang like "umm" "like" and "you know". Christine used these phrases ad nauseum. However, he goes to great lengths to NOT quote the swearing. Quoting Christine, he writes "Marcus...talking [stuff]...you know like real bad [stuff] to Chris." We all know what "stuff" means and we all know that's not the word she used. So why sugar coat it!? If you're going to QUOTE someone using "", then quote them verbatim. Otherwise, if you're going to pick and choose what you repeat, do us all a favor and leave out all the umms, uhs, you knows and likes! I can bear that language if your going for authenticity, but not if you're going to edit out words you are uncomfortable putting in print.
All in all, it is a decent read. He will not be winning any Pulitzer Prizes for his work, but I was entertained.