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Book Review: One More Thing by BJ Novak

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Book Review: One More Thing by BJ Novak

BJ Novak’s book One More Thing is a collection of snarky, well thought-out short stories. It begins with a witty retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare, in which a rematch is demanded. The story is drawn out, creating more pronounced characters than Aesop ever told, which pull the reader in. Both tortoise and hare, ironically become more human in this retelling, giving the reader a connection and understanding. And then, in this retelling, perhaps a surprise or two.

One More Thing is not, however, a retelling of classic children’s stories. Instead, it’s many original ideas and characters, some that cross from place to place in each other’s missives. The stories range from the plausible (The Girl Who Gave Great Advice) to the outrageous (Julie and the Warlord).

I’ll be honest, I didn’t enjoy all of the stories in the book. I found some of them to be fairly awful. Many were amusing, but not memorable. But some of them were absolutely laugh out loud funny. Of note, I really, really enjoyed the lighthearted “Everyone Was Singing the Same Song”: The Duke of Earl Recalls His Trip to America in the Spring of 1962; the relatable The World’s biggest Rip-Off, the giggle-worthy Constructive Criticism, and amusing The Man Who Invented the Calendar (tip: February will make you guffaw).

Important Note Number One: There is some pretty objectionable language here. This is not a book for the kiddos. It’s also not a book for you if you have issues with foul language. Seriously, it’s in almost all the stories.

Important Note Number Two: I didn’t read this book. I listened to the audio version, which is read by the author. I cannot recommend highly enough that you chose the audio version over the text. Hearing the author give voice to the characters the way they were intended to be is priceless. The audiobook version of this has laugh out loud moments and it related in a way that you want to keep hearing more. It’s a seriously amazing reading.

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