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The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories [Kindle Edition]

Simon Rich
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In "Center of the Universe," God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In "Magical Mr. Goat," a young girl's imaginary friend yearns to become "more than friends." In "Unprotected," an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy's wallet. The stories in Simon Rich's new book are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine's Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.

Editorial Reviews


'The Last Girlfriend On Earth is silly, surreal, sometimes sad and always laugh-out-loud funny. This collection will have you giggling/crying/squirming in recognition, and wondering what exactly Simon Rich has eaten to dream all this stuff up ... pulls off the tough trick of being both heart-warming and hilarious - it's a must-read if you've ever so much as had a crush on someone' Heat 'Pithy, occasionally bonkers' Time Out 'Truly hilarious' Eva Wiseman, Observer

About the Author

Simon Rich is the author of What in God's Name, Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. His work, including some of these stories, has appeared in The New Yorker ("It's always fairly obvious when a 'Shouts and Murmurs' piece in The New Yorker is the product of Simon Rich. Telltale signs include the elegant skewering of adult human behavior, as glimpsed through the eyes of children, animals, spectral beings, or inanimate objects-and the fact that the reader is hunched over laughing." - Joe Berkowitz, Fast Company). He has written film scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow, and until recently he was a staff writer at Saturday Night Live; he currently writes for Pixar. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Product Details

  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031621938X
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AS4UQE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EH - Hits and Misses August 8, 2013
By BAM10
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This book is simple and overall entertaining, but misses the mark on about half of the stories. Some were VERY funny - I really enjoyed the missed dog connections, the condom story, and "I love Girl" to name a few. There were several that were really just sad and not even in a darkly funny way. "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus" started with dark humor and ended with simple and depressing bitterness.

Good for some tastes maybe, but not one I'll re-read cover to cover. That being said - I will probably recommend for friends to borrow and read the few that were great,but will not suggest that they purchase the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY - genius- creative July 18, 2013
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I saw Simon Rich at a NY reading and was in tears laughing when Michael Ian Black read the Cave Boy love story. Bought the book and have been equally entertained by the other stories. Impressive range of styles;very creative... solid, witty, and sincere.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good August 18, 2013
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I think perhaps this book was a little overhyped. If I came to it with no expectations I might have rated it higher. I found a lot of the stories a little bit shallow or facile. But it was clever and funny and well written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun May 5, 2013
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Lots of good ideas in here, the kind of things that make a writer say "I wish I'd thought of that!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Yorker stuff May 3, 2013
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The condom in the wallet was hilarious. Loved the tough talking metro card. Some not so funny, some Into farcical fantasy. Good for a laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the quirky stories May 2, 2013
By VTHokie
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I loved the short stories in this book, great when you need a quick read prior to going to bed. Definitely recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riffs on Relationships June 7, 2013
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You may have heard of Simon Rich -- he's a writer for Saturday Night Live (second youngest one ever), and he also frequently writes the Shouts & Murmurs column for The New Yorker. Hell, his Wikipedia page even calls him an "American humorist." Basically, his comedy credentials are well-established, even though dude's not even 30 yet.

In this collection of very short stories, Rich's goofiness is on full display. These 30 stories, each between one and five pages, are about the quirky, often absurd, nature of relationships. Generally, Rich starts with a stereotype or a simple kernel of assumed truth, and riffs it into an entire story. For instance, my favorite story in the collection "Magical Mr. Goat" is about what would happen if a child's "invisible" friend became real and started making uncomfortable advances. When the child fends him off, telling him they should just be friends, and that he'll find someone, the goat exclaims, "That's not true ... You're the only one who can even see me!" THAT's comedy!

Or, another story titled "Sirens of Gowanus" makes fun of dudes who overlook any red flags in a woman when she slows the slightest interest in him. In this case, the woman is a siren who will lure him to her island in the Gowanus Canal, and probably eat him. It had happened before. "You can't judge someone by their past relationships," the guy argues to his buddy. "Like okay, she killed Stanley. But how do you know what was going on between them? You weren't there."

"Center of the Universe" is about God dating a needy woman, who doesn't understand why he can't take time from his job of creating the world to spend more time with her. Yeah, some of these stories may annoy you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great bathroom read. I mean that in the best way possible. September 12, 2014
This is not your traditional book of short love stories. Is there a traditional one of those? I don’t know, but this definitely isn’t it.

Simon Rich is a very funny man. I was first introduced to his writing through Elliot Allagash, his first novel, back in 2010. I did a lot of giggling. So when I saw this collection of short stories on the shelf, I wanted to give it a go.

I tend to like a short story collection, which I know not everyone does. I generally prefer to space out my consumption of the stories -- I have trouble staying engaged reading an entire book of short stories at once. For The Last Girlfriend on Earth, though, this was not the case. Some stories are as short as a page and a half, others are somewhat longer, but each is a quick read that will have you wanting to move right on to the next.

The stories are broken into three thematic segments; Boy Meets Girl, Boy Gets Girl, and Boy Loses Girl. Classic tales of love and heartbreak, you might be thinking. But you are incorrect, dear friend. Rich’s plots and characters vary wildly, from the “girl” in question being your basic under-the-bridge troll (think: short, hairy, speaks in grunts) to the “boy” being Hitler, now aged 124, wheel-chair ridden, and hitting the party scene with his new gal in New York. It’s all really very silly, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars revelation
He is a genius. Such a wonderful discovery. If only I could have thought of these stories.
Published 1 month ago by Jean Mensing
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great light humor that's a bit dark in nature... good laughs!
Published 2 months ago by monica l gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interview and great book
Hilarious. Heard Simon Rich talking about this book on Michael Feldman's Whadd'ya Know program. Great interview and great book!
Published 2 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars "EH" Is Right
Simon Rich can be very funny; some of the stories in this book made me chuckle out loud. However, the "EH - Hits and Misses" review is spot on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert B. Lamm
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious writing about relationships
Simon Rich looks at the humorous side of relationships, that anyone in the young generation would identify with.
Nice light read, stories you could want to read again.
Published 4 months ago by Nirav Kanodra
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book by Simon Rich
Very funny book, love Simon Rich
Published 5 months ago by Satya
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not understand the humor. Maybe I am to old.
Published 5 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Puffmommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, my favorite of this year.
The best short collection of books I've read. Rich is really great at setting up novel premises and then moving on to new stories while keeping the mood light yet intriguing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Skaijo
4.0 out of 5 stars Such Great Fun!
I discovered some of these wonderful short stories when they were read by actors on Selected Shorts. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood
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