3 settings where it took place or characters you met:
- Setting: the East Village in modern-day NYC
- Mary Bellanova is a wannabe writer who works at a series of unrewarding temp jobs to make ends meet. One day she comes home from work, finds her live-in boyfriend Primo watching TV and ends up getting in a one-sided argument with him about his laziness and lack of contribution to the household … before realizing he is dead. Primo’s death is the jump start Mary needs to get her life in order.
- Primo is Mary’s dead boyfriend, yet her efforts to deal with his death and find closure reveal more about Primo than Mary ever knew during his life and brings her into contact with a colorful cast of characters who end up becoming important people to Mary.
- I liked the fact that this book was better than I thought it would be, but I must confess I had rather low expectations going in. (It is published by MTV Books after all so I was just impressed the author was able to keep up a sustained story line! HAHA!)
- I liked how Mary gets her life in order by trying to tie up the loose ends of Primo’s life. Primo turns out to be a better boyfriend while dead than alive. The book has a bit of a madcap feel to it—Mary accidentally joins a band! Mary scatters the wrong ashes at the dogpark! Mary goes on a bunch of bad dates!—that made for oftentimes amusing reading.
- I disliked the sans serif font used in the book! Don’t publishers today know that a serif font is much easier on the eyes and should be used for long stretches of text?!
- I disliked how this is a book that I forgot about pretty much as soon as I was done with it. There is nothing wrong with this book, but it isn’t one that will change your life or make you swoon or put much effort into writing a book review about it. However, if I was at a different point in my life (e.g., single, in my 20s and trying to live an “artful” life in a big city), I think I might have thought more of the book.
I’m giving the book 3 stars. It was an OK read, and I didn’t suffer while reading it. I think if you live in the East Village or have a lifestyle like those reflected in the book (which involves a lot of joining bands, scribbling stories, trying to live a life of “art”) this book might be more appealing to you than it was to me.
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