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The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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About the Author
Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at "Saturday Night Live." He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God's Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.
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A lot of it has to do with break ups. If you're feeling rejected, this might make you smile and laugh off the situation.
If you're looking for an easy read that's funny, check this out. Its surprising how much a person can relate to these stories.
The 30 stories in Simon Rich's uniquely creative, sometimes zany, sometimes heartfelt collection are all about relationships--finding them, trying to maintain them, and losing or ending them. And not every relationship is traditional--one story recounts Zeus' frustrations with an alcoholic, hiphop-loving Cupid, while another (one of the funniest in the collection) is narrated by a condom as he makes his journey from the drugstore into someone's wallet. Don't be dismayed by the fact that there are 30 stories--most are quite short; in fact, some only last a page or two.
Some of my favorite stories in the collection are: Unprotected, the already-mentioned story narrated by the condom; Occupy Jen's Street, in which an Occupy Wall Street protest is somehow transformed into one trying to get a girl to date one of the protestors; Scared Straight, in which a group of teenagers trying to pursue long-term relationships are dissuaded by those stuck in the reality of those commitments; The Last Girlfriend on Earth, narrated by a man who has the last girlfriend on Earth; Invisible Man, in which a CIA agent using invisibility drugs to hunt down a terrorist gets distracted by spying on his ex-girlfriend; and Present, the story of a scientist who can never quite do right by his girlfriend.
I found myself constantly marveling at some of the ideas Rich came up with, and the characters in his stories don't always seem to follow typical behaviors--a man's friends try to set him up with a female troll, characters have no problem dating Mother Teresa or Adolf Hitler. Some stories aren't quite stories--there are a few personal ads, a report about the excavation of a bar by archaeologists, even Jeopardy! questions/answers.
As I mentioned earlier, some of the stories are quite short. And while Rich generally has a perfect grasp on how long his stories should run, a few ended so abruptly I can't help but wonder whether part of those stories got lost in the translation from print to e-book. But beyond that, Rich's voice is so creative, fresh, and fun, this was a tremendously fast read for me and an investment I'm glad I made.
The funny thing is, I would never have heard of this collection if it weren't for a recommendation from Amazon. And now that I've read it, if Rich's other books are this funny, I'm going to have to read them all.
Highly recommend it. Lots of interesting ideas about life and what's really important.
yes. they are short stories. but they seemed more like sketches for longer stories. at least some of them. others should be left alone like the ex-girlfriend with Hitler, the girlfriend repair, occupy Jensen street, the dog's missed connection. basically the rest of them. the Sherlock story was not exciting and too twisted to be entertaining as well as a weak execution of inspiration. I did not finish the collection... I couldn't.
there were a couple like "I Love Girl" and the beginning of life that had clever dialogue and character studies. The title story had a clever premise and that helped a bit.
but if you want quick reads between bus stops this would be the book...however I would not recommend this as a serious read. probably a good source for a party funnies because they are some giggles, just small ones that I am sure could be fuller laughs in intoxication.