I think there might be mixed feelings about the format of this book—told mostly in lists—but I thought it was engaging and made for a fast-paced read.
(yes, you know I’m totally going there with the lists)
This book has so much going for it:
- a smart, charming, funny protagonist…
- who quits his job to open a bookstore.
- Ok, yeah, so that was really enough to get me to read it.
But, as we all know, owning a bookstore is not a get-rich quick scheme. So, when the business starts to fail (or actually, never really gets off the ground),
does Daniel Mayrock decide to:
- Host author events
- Promote the store in social media and in town
- Talk to his wife?
No, he does not. Instead, he comes up with an idea to get out of debt that is:
- Spectacularly far-fetched
- Kind of insulting, at least to this reader.
What happened to smart Daniel?
- He became a wimp
- The story went off the rails
- I kept waiting for him to say, “yeah, I was kidding. It was a joke.”
- He did not.
But wait, you gave it 4 stars!
- The writing was so engaging that I finished it despite being annoyed.
- I am hoping that next time Dicks stays true to his character, because Daniel deserved better.
- But I can’t wait for the next one, because this was a story with heart.
- I am a sucker for heart.
- Who isn’t?