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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's a reason the author apologizes to his parents at the beginning of the book.
Interesting take on a group of accountants. Read more
Hilarious. A fantastic fun read with likable characters and great story arc. One caveat: if you are uncomfortable with poop jokes, this is not the book for you. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Elizabeth Rose
The story line is funny.
Being from a similar big 4 background, I can relate to the job situations quite a lot. Read more
I purchased this book because the author is a family member. Did not fully "get" what the book was about. I think I'm just the wrong generation.Published on December 24, 2011 by Theresa G
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