Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: Starting From Happy by Patricia Marx

This is the story of Imogene and Wally, told in chaplettes (very short chapters) and interspersed with illustrations.  It's intended to be a cute, quirky, humorous look at relationships through the coupling of Imogene and Wally, who meet while waiting in line for apple pie at a party.  Wally is convinced they are meant to be together but Imogene isn't so sure.

Not my style.  I figured I'd enjoy this one because the idea of chaplettes sounded cute and I like illustrations.  I assumed it would be a quick, funny read.  I was right about the quick part at least.  I wouldn't have been able to commit any more time to this book than the hour or two I spent reading it.  It's not that the writing was bad, it was just weird.  In my opinion it was trying way too hard to be different and quirky.  The author's insertion of herself into the story was weird.  I didn't like Wally or Imogene.  The story didn't reveal anything to me about modern relationships.  It's something different than the usual, but not necessarily in a good way.

Entertainment Value
Again, didn't do it for me.  I didn't like any of the characters and I thought overall that it was boring.  It's supposed to be humorous, but I just didn't get any of the humor.  Other than the unique format, the book was really just day to day life of average people.  Nothing really happens to them.  I didn't pick up on any commentary on life or relationships in the story and it wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention for the plot itself. 

Do not recommend.

1 comment:

  1. EXACTLY! Did you actually finish this? I didn't. Not funny, the couple was strange, the author's presence in the book even weirder. I will link to your review from mine to show I am not the only one, :).