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Dicks offers another neurotic romp (after Something Missing), this one about a Connecticut home nurse and closet OCD sufferer who, recently separated from his uptight wife, satisfies the demands of his disorder by, among other things, flipping open jars of grape jelly and singing German pop music. Among Milo Slade's geriatric patients are a man dependent on Viagra for his addiction to Internet pornography and a woman who makes Milo rake her shag carpeting. Milo, meanwhile, stumbles onto a cache of videotapes that form a mysterious woman's video diary. In it, she confesses her secrets and talks about the guilt she carries around about a childhood friend named Tess who disappeared and is, the woman believes, dead. The story prompts Milo to take a road trip to North Carolina to find Tess, and though it upsets his routine, he is finally forced to share the demands of his disorder with someone else, which changes his rather grave perspective on life. Despite exhaustive commentary after every demand takes hold, Milo proves to be a pretty charming character, even if a lot of the intended humor gets buried beneath his suffering. (Aug.)
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"An adventure of a summer read you’ll never put down." -Daily Candy
Reading a Matthew Dicks novel always proves to be an unadulterated joy, and Unexpectedly, Milo, is no exception. Dicks’ gift lies in his ability to take superficially eccentric characters and dig beneath their peculiarities to develop full-bodied, lovable human beings. Rather than feeling gimmicky, Dicks' approach to his his characters’ off-center habits provides insight into broader truths on human nature and the things that make us tick. Readers join Milo on a riveting and tender voyage into the heart of insecurity—the fear we all carry inside us that no one will ever truly accept us for who we are. Filled with humor and sweetness, Unexpectedly, Milo reminds us that happiness can be found in the strangest of places. --BookPage
I found the characterization of Milo to be so deeply interesting and absorbing. I felt that my understanding of what it's like to live in an OCD-dominated mind got greatly... Read morePublished 22 days ago by laurie b. everitt
I liked the book. Milo's seemingly extreme "quirks" were not totally out of the realm of possibility. Severe OCD is not a laughing matter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J Tinsman
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, I have been unmotivated to pick up another since since I know my next book will not be as enjoyable! Matthew Dicks is a treasure. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This strange and wonderful hero's exaggerated reactions to life make the rest of us feel normal. The story has many fun characters and plot twists.Published 10 months ago by puppyraiser
I really enjoyed this book. Great storyline that was unique, funny, and thought provoking.
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I thought Mr. Dicks first book was a fun read. This one, even more so. I love Milo's mind. I kept chuckling as I read this book. I am much looking forward to reading Mr. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unexpectedly Milo, by Dicks, is a very good book nestled in an easy read. Love the quiet humor scattered throughout. Would read again.Published 22 months ago by Katy M Myers