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on October 5, 2014
I am still very undecided about this book, but have gone for a three star review. I found Stu to be incredibly annoying and not actually a failure. In order to fail, I have always assumed one first has to try, and our narrator never really did. He was an arrogant, self-obsessed __ (insert your word of choice here), who felt he was so wonderful and talented, life owed him greatness without him getting his backside off a bar stool for five minutes to actually attempt to achieve it. The title should have been "How to be a total waste of space".
Having said that, putting aside my dislike of the character, I could actually find some parts of this book amusing. I thought the self help format was a clever medium and was quite well executed from a writing point of view, although the kindle format, layout, links etc seemed to fall short. The humorous rantings were sometimes a little overdone, but I did enjoy the cast of characters that were developed throughout. Many of his dislikes seemed to stem from petulance and jealousy, but what can one expect from someone who refuses to advance from a mental age of fourteen? Same with the use of coarse and vulgar language. They may offend some, but to me, they were to be expected from juvenile and puerile Stu.
I think Aaron Goldfarb is a talented writer, but I'd like to see his skills put to better use.