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The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac Paperback – March 20, 2012
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Because Kris knows how to work humor in fiction. Or maybe he just knows little dogs can be both annoying and funny. He's got a knack for setting up jokes, for witty, real, in-your-face dialogue, and for weaving an interesting plot that kicks family values right in the groin.
I didn't see the big plot twist coming. And I found myself rooting for both the protagonist and his father, that they would both find light at the end of the tunnel.
Get the book. Read it to find out. And let's hope Kris has about 30 more books in him.
Kris D’Agostino in his first novel uses Calvin’s story to explore a range of themes I personally found all too relevant, but what’s most striking about it is his examination of the particular experience of (one fairly limited slice of) millennials in early adulthood and the changed world around them as they grapple with it. He’s interested in the way that the post-collegiate years in which the expectation had previously been that you strike out on your own, start a career and a family, now often feature a period of extended post-adolescence. You go back to living with your parents, working a low-paying job and trying to figure out a direction that satisfies you AND works with the financial burdens getting your degree creates. He spends this book digging into the particular psychological challenges and disruptions that come with that time.Read more ›
The story moved at a clipped pace, and I found myself flipping pages to find out what happened next. Although I wouldn't call it a light read, at times it can be light-hearted. The beginning proved more than memorable, with pockets of humorous scenes filling up the pages, to a more profound middle and end. Like Calvin, this story proves to be much deeper than it appears on the surface. It's a story and a journey worthy of your attention.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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Every character is an exaggerated stereotype drawn from the head of how an elitist modern twenty-something views the world. It really feels like the author was really trying to wink at the readers through the text, saying, "You know this kind of person, and you hate them too!"
If you're the kind of person that gets high off of feeling smarter than other people because of your taste in music and fashion, or the kind of person who likes to make snarky comments about people behind their backs, or the kind of person who absolutely loses it when someone misuses the word "literally," you probably will actually like this book. If you're this kind of person, you won't admit it, obviously, but this book si for you. It's written for the kind of knows-better-than-everyone-else mindset you'll find in Silverlake or wherever it is "hipsters" converge in New York that seems to thrive among my generation. It is a book that revels in cynicism, snark, and a general hatred for humanity (except your friends, of course (except when they're being total 'bags)).
Would not recommend.
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A terrific first novel. Thoughtful, moving and very funny. Can't wait to read more from D'Agostino.Published 25 days ago by MCBNYC
This first novel is full of poignant and droll moments as its protagonist, Calvin Moretti, tries to try to grow up for the benefit of his tragicomic family. Read morePublished 18 months ago by djtarnop
Not a funny story at all. Mostly a whiney recount of somebody's quarter-life crisis.Published 23 months ago by Jessica M. Tavarez
Full disclosure: I didn't finish this book so my comments are strictly based on my first impressions of the first chapter or two, which is exactly what lead me to abandon the book. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)
I found it harder and harder to sympathize with the main character the more into the book I read. The author did not make me care what happened to him. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Vagabondary
The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac (TSHFA) invites us into the world of that generation schooled in film studies and condemned to scour a barren workplace landscape for... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Stephen Siciliano
I was recommended this book because of other books I read, why? I couldn't tell you because I couldn't get past the third page. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Boring book. Boring characters. The plot was so slow and it seemed to drag on and on. I didn't even bother finishing it it was such a slow book.Published on November 25, 2013 by Aslyn
I am not often unable to finish a book, I usually feel I have to know what happens, but this book was upsettingly me so badly evert time I opened it i got 3/4 of the way through... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Julia B-A-S