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- Print Length: 213 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154704893X
- Publisher: GenZ Publishing (September 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074V92PTS
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Theodore Ficklestein writes poetry (2 volumes) that addresses everything and nothing for all its worth. He inserts little quips, such as `If you are looking for a summary here about what this book is about, then you have the wrong book' that make us feel as though we are being mocked, but the thing that is being `mocked' (or better yet closely observed) is the absurd state in which we find ourselves. Afraid to laugh at our own foibles or take ridiculous things seriously (like, say, Donald Trump et al).
Now stepping into a more autobiographical stance Theodore treats us to A DAY IN THE LIFE – and in doing so he manages to implicitly (and frankly!) spin a spotlight on his own foibles as well as mirroring our own. The book takes us through Home 1, School, Home 2, and City. And a for instance is warranted here – from Home 1 – ‘Most days I look like s**t. Today wasn’t much different. I always tell myself lies about how I will work out more or look better. I’m great at making plans in my head, coordinating the steps I’d need to be successful, but I’m not that good at following them. In that moment, my plan is the best thing ever. The idea is revolutionary and will change the world. Until it sits in a pile on the floor in my room with other “great plans” I’ve come up with and one day I learn that the idea wasn’t so original after all. Someone much smarter than me and more determined and organized created it. If this story is not found in a pile in my room, I’d be surprised. Yeah, even when I look good, I look bad. I have so much black under my eyes from lack of sleep you’d think that I was emo. I look like I am ready to kill someone when I’m exhausted (which is more often than not). It is funny to me since I’m not that pessimistic of a person but people who don’t know me and only see my exhaustion may confuse it for anger. Oh no, that guy may blow up a school. He may shoot this place up. I swear I’ve never even thought about doing such crazy things. I just looked p***ed off when I’m tired. What makes my already appealing appearance even worse is that I hate getting haircuts. I never did like sitting in the barber chair as a stranger cuts my hair, using those absurd tools to be precise with my hair follicles. I sit there hoping the guy doesn’t go all Van Gogh on me, and when it is over, I’m always asked how I think it looks. Like I know anything about that. Because now I’m an expert in fashionable hairstyles after sitting in a raised chair for five minutes. A few times I’ve gone in to get a haircut and told the guy it was awesome only to get home and realize it was awful. That was when I went a bunch. Now I will only get like two or three haircuts a year. That is how much I hate it.’
Or as the author’s synopsis states, ‘Meet a YA narrator who hates YA books. A Day In The Life is Theodore Ficklestein’s debut novel about Nickolas Crippp, a college student finding his way in the world. Although Nick won’t admit it, he is the main focus to a young adult book that follows him from his home to college to the city, where he wants to attend an open mic. Along his path, he encounters a teacher who asks about the apocalypse, a drunk on the train and two friends who feel writing isn’t Nick’s strong point, among others. Nicks soon finds out that the funniest things in life aren’t that funny at all, and the greatest comedians never go up on stage. As he goes through his day, one oddball character at a time, Nick starts to question if the comedy club he dreams of being in, is really for him. Should he be who he wants to be? Or who the world thinks he should be? Neither of which, he is entirely sure about. A personal journal of self-discovery through the eyes of a youth yearning for meaning in a meaningless world; Nick learns that in life, the joke is on you.’
Take that flavor and spread it around though the entire book and the result is perhaps not enlightenment about Theodore Ficklestein, but an aching belly from laughing. And there are so many of these little one page observations cum comments cum frustrations that it is impossible to read this book and not look in the mirror with a different glance. Theodore Ficklestein is likely to one day be remembered as one of our more sensitive wits. Maybe tomorrow. Read him. Grady Harp, September 17
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.
This book is simplicity at its best. You follow a college kid around in his day as he snarks about things that happen around him and to him. But he does learn and gets a different perspective and grows in his own life.
This is a pretty cut and dry story that had me laughing, agreeing with him, and cringing at the same time. I really enjoyed the story but I can easily see how this book might not be for everyone. But I think it is definitely worth checking out.
I received A Day in the Life from Sami at Roger Charlie for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Nick Kripp would say I don’t understand him, which may or may not be true.
Nick is a college student who would rather not be the main character of, well, any book, much less a YA debut novel. He doesn’t read beyond what he’s ever been assigned, and, even then, he is a self-professed skimmer.
I don’t like Nick. Matter of fact, I openly dislike Nick. Most of my amusement while reading came from how ridiculously terrible I thought Nick was for the entirety. I couldn’t quite tell if this was the intention for his character (which shouldn’t matter when reading, but, boy, does it matter sometimes). That said, Nick has goals. He wants to perform at a comedy club. He’s a journalism major who really loves comedy. Yearning to make witty observations, Nick… tries. Goodness, does he try.
The plot line is muddled, the cross-section of so many dichotomies. Home and college, story and narration attempts at being sage-but-funny. Hints of Carlinesque comedy routines peek through in little cracks of light, but most of the humor made me cringe. Nick reminds me of the actual men I knew in my early college years. The “I’m so great, all my aspirations are golden and everything you like is terrible” guys who want so badly to be cool, they start festering on how uncool everyone else is. (You know, except for the dream girl who is just so unlike other girls. Guh.)
As Nick says, “the verdict is still out on whether I’m funny or not,” and now I’ve read through A Day in the Life almost twice and I’m still not exactly sure what to say about it. I have oodles of complaints, but don’t I always? Really A Day in the Life is not a book for me. I could see why others might enjoy Nick and his humor, but I mostly found myself rolling my eyes in exasperation. That said, I did read through all of it, but that could just be I like being ready to bicker about my opinions.
If you like a second-person point of view, dry comedy, and just want a couple of hours to not worry about your own life, A Day in the Life might just be the book for you.