Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Review: How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely


According to the Brooklyn Alternative "I was turning the pages so fast they nearly burst into flames."

Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, nevertheless How I Became a Famous Novelist was definitely a great read.  The main character in this novel is a over-bright underachiever looking to make it rich as easily as possible.  His desire for fame and fortune peaks when he receives a bulk email from his ex-girlfriend announcing her upcoming wedding.  Determined to one-up her big day, Pete Tarslaw researches what is required for a best seller and includes it all in his novel.  Imagine Pete's surprise when his novel The Tornado Ashes Club actually does become a hit.  

This book is a total satire of popular writing and publishing.  The characters are totally unlovable, quirky, cynical, petty . . . and hysterical.

Regardless, I stand by my position that you will laugh out loud at least once per page.