Friday, April 2, 2021

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart


DNF @ p.22

This came out when I was in my early 20s. I think I even got an ARC of it. Possibly this was during my "dystopian phase" where I could not get enough of the world going to shit. This is the way the world ends, folks. Not with a bang, but a whimper.

When I first read it, I remember liking it a lot and being SO surprised and outraged on this book's behalf that all the "haters" were slamming it in their reviews (as one does). But ten years later, I'm... siding more with the haters this time around, actually. The way the Asian love interest is sexualized is gross and the sweaty slacker lead feels like a panting Judd Apatow guy who tripped and fell headfirst into a stack of Charles Bukowski and Bret Easton Ellis novels.

I actually have read the whole book at one point and I did appreciate his 21st century take on BRAVE NEW WORLD, but this wasn't it.

1 out of 5 stars

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