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The Ex and the Why by [Sinnott, Bob]
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About the Author

Bob Sinnott is an after-hours creative dude trapped inside the body of a day-job business drone.  He spent several years as a consultant and has been CFO of a public company.  With such insight, his satirical perspective on workplace romance is a refreshingly cynical yet realistic take on modern-day yuppiedom. 

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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065P4HIK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A hysterically funny look at office life! I couldn't put it down, and now that I've turned the last page, I half expect the characters to walk past my office door. Read the book now ... it's destined to become a movie!
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Overall, I was thoroughly entertained. Easy read, lots of laughs throughout. I'm sure many readers will relate to a lot of the situations described, which was part of what made it funny, as some of the topics discussed are things people just don't talk about but probably want to.

I enjoyed "the first half" better from the standpoint of being introduced to all of the characters' quirky personalities and back stories, and the funny comments, interactions, rapport, etc. they shared with each other. Being a dude and all, I enjoyed the one-liners and off-color language much more than the actual "Hollywood ending", but I think most women will enjoy the way things turn out in the end.

One critique: The toilet-overflow / human-feces-at-the-party scene was substantially over the top. Though funny like the rest of the book, I thought the author's descriptive language could've been toned down a bit.

In summary, it was well worth the 4-to-5-hour time investment. And I agree with the other reviewers. Five stars!
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Perusing Amazon, I selected this book after the cover caught my eye. Wasn’t expecting much but soon I was reading as fast as I could … rooting for Brent and his quest to find real love. Yes, Brent is flawed … insecure and obsessed with appearance … but I fell in love with him nonetheless and kept hoping he would finally proclaim his love for Piper and acknowledge that it’s not all about the job, clothes, gym feats, and dog fetishes.

The secondary characters were outstanding, too. Brent and his friends at the office are quite the entertaining troupe that both love and sometimes loathe each other. Like real life, these friends are multi-dimensional, complicated beings who don’t always do what they want or say what they mean. It’s real life like I haven’t read in quite some time.

And I absolutely couldn't wait to see if things would work out between Piper, Carnie, and Brent – the central love triangle propelling the plot forward. There’s only one outcome here … and the reader knows all won’t be happy. How that plays out will keep the pages turning.

Overall, the story brought me to tears, made me laugh, and sent me to the shower to wash away the reminders of my youth. Yes, parts made me queasy – like when Kyle had no choice but the use a toilet clogged to the rim with no toilet paper to assist. But the gross-out was nicely juxtaposed with a touch of sweetness that prevailed throughout the read. I highly recommend it.
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Bob Sinnott is the new voice of a generation! This book has it all – bromance, beemers, bimbos, booze, and things that don’t even start with “B.” Like – accountants! Boring? Think again. We’re not talking about IRS washouts here. We’re talking about ambitious, hot-to-trot twenty-somethings with big-time degrees from bigger-time universities making coin for the first time while flaunting credit cards, smart phones, and bleached teeth. No more reliance on mommy and daddy. Gone, too, are the togas, mixers, and drunken hookups without consequences. Jobs and reputations are at stake now. Blow chow at a party – the office is gonna hear about it. Wear blue with brown – your closet better have good lighting because the wrong shade will have you lunching at Ann Taylor.

With a dead-on satirical corporate backdrop, hysterical yet enduring characters, and fresh, snappy writing, this one will keep you guffawing out your nose until you’re late for (insert place). It’s a lean 270 pages that felt more like 150. Perfect for today’s busy professional.

Bottom-line: Every thirty years a “voice of a generation” unveils itself. JD Salinger rattled the fifties. Bret Easton Ellis rocked the eighties. Bob Sinnott owns the now! I’m giving this one five stars only because I didn’t see an option for six.
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THE EX AND THE WHY is a must-read satire for anyone who’s ever worked in the corporate world. The author’s firsthand insights, humorous perspectives, and hilarious prose give him a refreshingly real and entertaining voice that kept me reading late into the night.

The characters are extremely well developed – each with his or her own distinguishable voice. You love some, hate others, but are never indifferent. And their banter is chock-full of unforgettable one-liners and hipster slang that one can only hope to someday see (hear) on the big screen.

And the character descriptions were deliciously wicked and vivid. And they just kept coming. Examples:

“Ms. Preston is the firm’s token female partner who, over a decade of cosmetic procedures, has collected a Mr.-Potato-Head arsenal of mismatched features. She’s never pleasant. Visually or otherwise.”

Or this gem:

“June’s a worthless crock-of-______ with the personality of a zip code in Kansas.”

Buy this one. Easy five stars!!!
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REVIEW #2 (Lyle):
Review Title: Hilarious, quick read!
I laughed, I cried, I gagged! I’ve never read a book that evoked so many emotions. As a corporate-consulting survivor myself, this book was spot-on in its hilarious, satirical depiction of that world. The happy hours, hook-ups, bogus work assignments, and banal water-cooler chitchat brought the characters and their journey to life.
The shallow gym-obsessed Brent, the outrageously playful but crude Piper, the wickedly hilarious but pathetic Carnie. These three comprise the central love triangle/office romance. Bombastic Kyle, goodhearted alcoholic Darren, raging mean-spirited Reese, laser-focused workaholic Bethel, and penny-pinching Gretchen comprise the supporting cast. Characters we’ve seen before but presented with such a realistic touch that the reader can’t help but wonder if such people actually exist.
And the quotables never stop. A page rarely goes by without an amusing character depiction, unforgettable banter, or dead-on analogy. Overall, an excellent read you’ll get through in a weekend. I could not recommend it more.
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