Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Review: WHACKED by Jules Asner

I bet you all thought that maybe I stopped reading, huh? Well no. I've just been busy with the last week of posts and decided that I'll have super funny tales during the week and book reviews on the weekend. Because let's face it- it's just easier. And I'm all about easy, and organized, and scheduled. Anyways..

So I finished the book Whacked which was written by Jules Asner. Jules used to be an E! Personality, is married to Steven Soderbergh, etc. That's why the name is familiar. And if it still isn't, then that means you don't scope out the gossip blogs. Like me.

Here's a quickie description of the book from Amazon: Dani Hale is a staff writer for the successful forensics procedural Flesh and Blood, but while her professional success isn’t in question, she is finding her love life to be a trickier prospect. She is massively insecure in her relationship with her boyfriend of two years, a television director named Dave, and after conducting her own investigation, she soon discovers all her fears were founded when she learns he has been cheating on her with an up-and-coming starlet named Chloe. Dani dumps Dave and gingerly reenters the dating pool only to find that the prospects are grim. When Chloe turns up as a guest star on Dani’s show, Dani finds herself seeing red. This delightful black comedy shows how easy it is for someone to be driven to extremes—and how seamlessly a person can go from rifling through receipts to reading someone’s personal e-mail and beyond. Clever and witty, Asner’s debut will appeal to readers who like biting satire. --Kristine Huntley

Now I'll tell you---I didn't like the book. I read it and finished it, but didn't like it. For a various of reasons.

Number 1- I thought the characters were lame. They were predictable and you just couldn't like any of them. Dani is an idiot. She would be like that one friend you know you have who is constantly bitching about everything but refuses to do anything about it. Ever. We all have a friend like that and avoid his/her phone calls.

Number 2- Dave is a fuckhead. You KNOW he's cheating on her. Any idiot with half a brain and experience watching daytime talk shows and/or Law & Order could figure that out. And what I thought was ridiculous is when Dani figures it out, she looks through his phone that's just laying out on the counter. He gets mad. Well dang- OF COURSE she's going to look through his phone. Or a fucking moron wouldn't if you pretty much know he's cheating and are too stupid to figure it out.

Number 3- The ending was lame. I thought it was lame. It felt like the author just kind of got sick of writing and figured "good enough". I was kind of pissy.

It's definitely not a book I would re-read, I wouldn't even suggest it for book club. It's kind of blah. Expect this one to show up in Goodwills, Salvation Army and yard sales soon.

8 comments:

xoxoKrysten said...

Hehe, thanks for the NON recommendation! When you mentioned Jules I figured it'd be a good book to check out. Now I think I'll skip it and move on to Dear John instead.

Sam said...

Thank you for giving me the heads up! I seem to have an eye for crappy ones lately. :(

Organic Meatbag said...

I would read it, but I can't read...I have somebody recite lustful scenarios to me while I eat a bowl of Count Chocula...

AVY said...

I hate lame endings, they ruin everything up till then.

TS Hendrik said...

I can honestly say it would never occur to me to read something by Jules Asner. I applaud the initiative.

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MODG said...

thanks. any book with a fuckhead is a pass.

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