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My Life on Craigslist: Finalist of USA Book Awards Paperback – May 13, 2011
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AWARD WINNING FINALIST OF THE USA BOOK AWARDS 2011
MIDWEST NOOK REVIEW TOP REVIEWERS CHOICE
“A seamless merging of the latest “blog book” trend and “Bridget Jones Diary.Very funny….Many laugh-out-loud memorable lines….Originality: 5-stars….Very clean, clear voice and original writing."
--Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Review
“Rakishly entertaining! So much of what occurs is beautifully tied up. I adored it. The Apatow films don’t do it better. This book is a d-flawless diamond, small but utterly perfect.”
--Monique Raphel High, best-selling novelist
"My Life on Craigslist" is a quirky novel of romance and life, a read very much worth considering."
--Midwest Book Review, Top Reviewers’ Pick
“I loved this book….Very witty. Why do you want to read this book? Because you are looking for something funny. You like interesting characters. You like sparkling dialog.”
--A Bookish Affair
"Alexandra Ares has an incredible insight into the human persona and expresses her tantalizing talent with My Life On Craigslist."
--Alan Abel, humorist writer, the world’s most famous prankster
"Very cool! I can totally identify with Emily/Swan: jobless, looking for a roommate, zero money in the bank, and above all desperately seeking some sort of sexual or intimate connection that would numb the pain of this lonely existence. Bravo!"
--Ismael Corpas, CL User, Film Director LA
“Sharp and funny! This entire journey from Craigslist to mundane life and back has a cinematic quality that could inspire a cool New York film. Alexandra Ares combines the visuals and witty dialog of a screenwriter with the emotional depths of a skilled novelist."
--Tudor Petrut, Actor/Director LA
" A fun read...Ares is a budding author who has a knack for highlighting the neurotic, maladaptive and vulnerable people in New York's vast cavern of possible characters."
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Yesterday I went on Craigslist and hired a Tarot reader to tell me whether I was in any danger of losing my job. I wasn't really worried because last week, an astrologer I'd also found on Craigslist, had told me there was no major movement in the sixth house, which is the area of my chart that governs work. But just in case, I met with the Tarot card reader who told me everything was going to be okay.
Today I got canned.
It's been a bad month. All my girlfriends lost their jobs and left the city to move back in with their folks for a while in Missouri, Arizona, Peru, and other boonies no one in New York much cares about. My boyfriend, Toby, left too.
He was a bit of a snob and a lying addict but I always forgave him because he was a great artist. Yet he was one who got tired of having to live up to my high moral expectations. He moved out and in with a massage therapist he'd met on Craigslist with fewer expectations, a bigger apartment, and humongous boobs. Emily, enough is enough, he said. We had our good times. Time to move on with our lives.
Son of a bitch!
Linda, my former boss, approached Toby after viewing his last exhibit at SVA and nurtured him as a promising star. I did my part, telling every person who entered our Lower East Side gallery that his work was the next big thing, that they should rush to collect his extravagant paintings, sculptures, and "functional installations" -- or whatever bullshit name he called them that week.
His presence still lingers in my apartment: the big garbage can painted black and white, which we found on Craigslist, blocks all easy access to the bedroom, and I have to sneak carefully around it to dive into bed. He could have gone to Sears or Home Depot to get it, but Craigslist was right here at our blue-painted fingertips. It's a 'sculpture/installation' from a series, Grungy Eiffel Towers, which got rave reviews in the Village Voice. This was his "thing": garbage cans of all sizes and shapes, painted in stripes of black and white. They go for $7,000 each, but nowadays, nobody's interested. Of course, his new Playboy girlfriend just so happens to have a steady income so he's doing just fine.
The bastard met her using my laptop and when I confronted him, we had a huge fight and he dragged me across the living room floor all the way to the bedroom. Not to rape me or anything like that, but to get 'his' laptop back and return to the net. He was stronger than me even though I'm one year older, 25, and I'd taken karate for a couple of years and battled as hard as I could. Biology is so unfair. He said I was crazy.
It's okay to just look...all men love to look honey... you have nothing to worry about.
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The book needs some serious editing, she’s repeated the same exact line 3-4 times a couple times, and is HYPHEN-CRAZY...hyphenating words that shouldn't be hyphenated, like every-one, or some-thing, disappoint-ted. Aside from that, a few spelling errors, and a few words left out or in the wrong order in sentences, and it was a pretty good read. there wasn't a LOT of spelling errors, so it didn't make it difficult to read, and I only had to reread a few sentences because of the wording, so it wasn't terrible in that aspect either.
All in all I’d give the book 4 stars. If she got some good editing, Alexandra Ares could make a pretty good chick-lit author.
I was never like the main character, Emily, so it's interesting to read about her aimless life. She lives on Craigslist - finding men, finding roommates, finding work, finding social activities. Her life is empty and lonely, and she tries to fill it through online means. She certainly gets herself into some interesting situations.
I found the story to be creative. I liked Emily and was rooting for her to grow up and succeed. I like how the story is told. The supporting characters are interesting and help the story.
I didn't like the last 10% of the book. Once Emily takes a look around outside of the internet, she discovers something that leads to a sugary sweet, all tied up with a pretty bow kind of ending. While the rest of the story seems like *maybe* it could happen to someone, the end does not read that way. In the end, Emily doesn't have to grow up because she gets rescued by fate. That's ok, but just not for me. Others may really love it.
Also, I read the kindle version. There are quite a few errors - some punctuation, some errant quotation marks, a few words, and strange hyphens.
I read this book rather quickly - I think in 2 days. It would be great for the beach or a light vacation read.
The characters are intriguing and made me want to learn more about them.
When the book ended I wanted to read more with these characters., but the story has come to its satisfying conclusion. To extend it would diminish the impact the book made on me.
I babble, get the book. It is a wonderful read.