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Also excellent. Also a must read. It's just that nothing beats the real thing. I loved the fact that at the end, there is a wonderful, sentimental, and beautifully written tribute of sorts that ties all the silliness of the two books together and puts everything into perspective. Like it isn't ALL just a bunch of nonsense.
I listened to this book while driving the 8 1/2 hours to my hometown of San Diego at Christmas. It was funny, approachable, and made my long drive go by in a breeze. Julie makes you want to tackle some sort of ridiculous project like hers, just so that you too can go through an adventure like it. The book was read by the author herself (making it even funnier), and when you're done with it you want to drink a gimlet with her and gab. Really enjoyable!
This is a compelling story while being easy to read. It is easy reading but with mature content. Now I anticipate what the next book in the trilogy will bring.
I've seen scads of people reading this book on the subway, and I liked the cover (I'll admit I'm a little bit of a cover whore), but the story was like an embryo that never implanted. I couldn't connect with the characters enough to care about what they were doing. I found it a waste of my time. Which was too bad, because I liked the cover...