I normally try not to post book reviews on Fridays but with all the reading I'm doing, posting one book review a month is just not going to cut it. I wanted to review this book literally as soon as I finished it and I couldn't help but want to post the following review:
One More Thing
By B.J. Novak
I admit, the only reason I read this book was because I was familiar with B.J. Novak on the American version of The Office. I didn't find him particularly funny but it was my love for the show that made me give this book a chance.
I couldn't put it down!
This book is a collection of short stories, all about very different things but with some commonalities. It explores the theme of self-importance and pretension but in everyday situations. I think Novak's specialty is starting a story in the most ordinary of ways and taking the readers through an unexpected turn! It almost reads like a hypothetical question you have - "What if ___ happened?" but with the question answered and seen completely through. Some of my favorite stories include "The Rematch," "Sophia," "Julie and the Warlord," and "The Bravest Thing I Ever Did," precisely because they are things that I didn't know I would be curious about but... well now I know. These are the stories that made me laugh but could feel the sadness behind the humor. I've never felt so introspective while reading a book about the pretentiousness of others. How ironic.
I almost never give 5 stars on Goodreads but this is one book I gave 5 stars to. Novak's quirkiness, depth, and his intelligence can be profoundly felt from each page. I can't recommend this book enough to you guys!