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Sometimes I'm So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person Paperback – May 8, 2017
"Shines when it's at its most biting...an intriguing,illuminating look at the problems with refusing to acknowledge others as people, not pawns." - IndieReader
About the Author
Graham Parke is a Forewords Book of the Year winner, a Kirkus Indie best-lister, and an IBA and USA Book News Awards finalist.
He is responsible for a number of odd publications and has recently attempted to patent a self-folding map. He's been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.
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What people are saying about Graham Parke:
"Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature." --California Chronicle
"Challenges the way we think about, and interact with, the world around us." --Kirkus Discoveries
"The antics in his books will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius." --Readers Favorite
"A quick and unputdownable read that flies in the face of reason, and smashes against the wall of detective novels. It's a Coens Brothers' film formatted in book form." --Book Review
"A very funny book; a veritable page turner of nonstop laughs. Buy a copy and find out for yourself!" --Reader Views
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Once again Graham has managed to focus on contemporary mythology in the making – the old IT tricks that now seem a regular part of communication and life. Follow the book like most people follow YouTube and out comes another spinning delightful sarcastic and entertaining tale- ‘Anyone can be forgotten. No matter how wonderful they are, no matter how unlikely they brim with kindness and inner beauty, you can get over anyone. The only trick is really wanting to. This what Harold believes. He has no choice…Severe introvert by day, misguided dating guru by night, Harold starts a Youtube channel to workshop his elaborate strategies for seducing Emma, the girl of his dreams. But when he finally works up the courage to ask her out, he discovers that Emma is only using him to get fodder for her own dating blog – the one she’s set up to test ways to seduce Leopold. As it turns out, Leopold is actually one of Harold’s dedicated followers. When he savagely misunderstands and mis-applies Harold’s advice, he suddenly finds himself hugely successful with the ladies, Emma included. Faced with this strange new problem, Harold comes up with what he believes to be the strategy to end all strategies’
Graham Parke writes so well that it seems he has a lot more to say about contemporary psychology and it will be a pleasure waiting for his next challenging adventure. His is a clever mind. Grady Harp, May 17
Even though Harold is great at giving advice, he lacks the courage to apply his own ideas with the opposite sex. For example, he is completely smitten with Emma. He makes numerous trips to the peanut store in the mall just to see her.
When he finally works up the nerve to really talk to her, he is surprised by her responses and believes that something might happen between them. His excitement is to be short-lived. His dream girl has her eyes set on another. This guy just happens to be one of Harold’s YouTube followers.
Will Harold be able to show Emma that he is the right man for her? Or will she choose the other guy? The one who learned everything from Harold himself…
Harold is a likeable character with many distinctive traits. He is aware of his incredible knack for digging into the female psyche and prides himself regarding this knowledge.
I was instantly sucked into this book. It is engaging, witty and wildly entertaining. I highly recommend Sometimes I'm So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person to anyone who enjoys reading.
I received a complementary copy of this book for review purposes.
While he is busy crushing on a cute girl who works at the nut shop in the mall, there is actually a lot more going on, including things he is not even aware of. Ironically, one of those things is that one of his fans is using what he's learned from the blog to court the nut shop girl. Still, the story turns out to be less a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac than a glimpse into the several facets of the protagonist's life.
The author is effective at keeping the serious stuff buried under the more mundane, yet seemingly important, issues. Without offering any spoilers here, just be aware that there is more to this book than first appears. In fact, the real substance doesn't come until the very end. The dialogue and narrative are still fun enough to keep the story rolling, even before knowing everything that will become part of the tale. There are quite a few words of wisdom throughout, some that left me laughing out loud.