- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop (April 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161213226X
- ISBN-13: 978-1612132266
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,475,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Obvious Child Paperback – April 3, 2014
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In 2015 Sam Grant learns that he will take part in a contest that will choose the world's first time traveller. There's just one problem: Sam doesn't want anything to do with the contest. Yet each deliberately profane public appearance and sabotaged interview boosts ratings. Thus stuck, Sam must plot how he'll get out of the contest, or if he might just want to embrace it all, and become the most famous person in history.
From the Back Cover
Obvious Child follows the journey of Sam Grant, a recently graduated academic who finds himself in the middle of a contest to decide who will be the world's first time traveler. Having applied for the spot on a half-baked lark, Sam comes to realize that his application was a federal document, and that getting kicked would be safer than admitting the whole thing was a joke. But, a funny thing happens, every televised event and public appearance where Sam makes a fool of himself only increases his popularity. Unable to quit the competition for fear of the public backlash, or get himself thrown out due to the world's insatiable lust for his antics, Sam must come up with a way out of the contest, or decide if he might just want to embrace it all, and become the most famous person in the history of mankind.
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It’s fun to follow Sam through a series of hilarious and somewhat embarrassing situations. Originally from Scottsdale Arizona, Sam has a colorful, hippy-liberal mother and a father ready to defend his son against the Tea Party or the voracious media attention. From Sam destroying the set of the Conan Obrien Show to appearing on national TV while taking a hit off his bong there is never a dull moment. Interestingly, as strangely as he behaves, he always acts on his own terms, and as Mandi tells Sam, he “has a good and decent heart”.
Obvious Child is an enjoyable read that proposes the attention-grabbing proposition, "What would you do if you found out you could travel into the future by 50 years?" San Grant is never dull, acting with a reckless sense of abandon. I found myself not wanting to finish Obvious Child because I was savoring the journey so much. I was thoroughly engaged with the characters right up until the end and I can't wait to read the sequel Cantrell is working on next.
Never dull, this book blends comedy and drama to create an engaging ride for the reader. Strongly recommended.
1. This book isn't about time travel! Of the 226 pages, only the last 4 have to do with time travel. Are you kidding me? I guess I'll blame Amazon for this one. This book doesn't belong in the sci fi section. It either belongs in fiction or maybe shouldn't be offered in any bookstore on Earth (physical or digital).
2. The main character is completely unsympathetic. This is the worst main character about whom I have ever read. The guy is a complete douchebag who you root against from the very first page to the very last. He is a lazy, moronic, incompetent pothead who shows zero growth throughout the entire book.
3. The U.S. discovers time travel, so to select a person for the most important mission in the history of Earth they . . . hold a reality show to decide the winner? WTF?! Of all of the stupid things in this book, this is the worst. There is absolutely zero plausibility to this, the key premise of the "novel." And try as you might to willingfully suspend disbelief, you can't because literally almost the entire book is about this ridiculous reality show.
If I could give this book -2 stars, I would. If I could sue the author for wasting my time, I would. But I can do neither, so I'll write this truth-baring review. How four other people could have given this book anything other than one star is a mystery more profound than Stonehenge.
If you are a big TV watcher you and are interested in reading a book written about a TV show, you might like this. This is for those who are fascinated by "reality TV" and regularly buy The National Enquirer, People and Star. Go for it if that is you and enjoy because it is well written.
Definitely not for those who find the culture of American celebrity a bore.