Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Book of Joe

The Book of Joe
By Jonathan Trooper

320 pages
9 hour and 58 minutes listening time

Grade A

So this guy Joe goes back to his hometown in which he hasn't been back to in 17 years. This is also after he writes a "fiction" book based on the events in his life when he lived in Bush Falls. The book is even called Bush Falls. He wrote a bunch of really bad stuff, that would have been slander or libel had it been labeled as his memoirs. So the town is pissed and they all hate him.

I tell you all that to tell you this....My friend Alison picked this book as her choice for book club this month. I can't make it because it is the same night as girl scouts. Anyway, as I first started reading this book, I thought it was a sequel. I was kinda upset at first that Alison hadn't mentioned this or anything. I even went on Amazon to search the first book "Bush Falls," thinking, I will have to get the first book too so that I can catch up to what is going on. Well to my dismay, The Book of Joe, is also called Bush Falls. They are the same book. And The Book of Joe, is a freaking fiction book, and the main character is just a fictional character that happens to be an author that in this story wrote a book that everyone hates.

So there I was feeling stupid, but loving this book. I mean, I really liked the book. And after I realized that it was just a book about a guy who wrote a book, I enjoyed it even more. I loved the characters, and I really loved how everything panned out. It was funny, and sad. I literally laughed and cried. It is a pretty easy read, and in some parts it is pretty graphic. There is some swearing, but for some reason, none of that bothered me in this book like it normally does.

Anyway, I really liked this book, and now that I know it is not a sequel to some other book that really doesn't exist, I will probably listen to it again, and enjoy it all the same.


Candy said...

This sounds original. I'll add it to my list.

Who is narrating My Life in France?

Randi said...

It's a lady named Kimberly Farr. She is pretty good. She does really well with all the French words.

I REALLY like is so far!! lol and right now I have only like 20 minutes left. And I am going to finish it tonight :)