High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

This book is about a few things. It’s about (1) being young & (2) a dude (3) in London, (4) loving pop culture, & (5) love in general. I’m a young girl in NYC who likes pop culture & love in general, so why not try it?

High Fidelity was….good. I’m definitely happy I read it. I understand the hype around it. It was funny in the way a comedian is funny when he tells a joke that everybody in the audience can say, “I’ve been there. I know exactly what he’s talking about.” Hornby is a writer in that he sees these everyday flukes in a hilariously accurate way. His characters were so real, especially his coworkers. I can name you at least ten people I know that those characters are almost exact representations of.

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Tenth of December by George Saunders

This was my first time reading anything by George Saunders, but I have officially caught the bug. I binge-watched his talks online after I finished & not just because he reminds the child in me of the guy from Pappyland (especially in his readings! when his voice gets a bit higher!), but because when you read his fiction, you feel like you’re meeting him. Regardless of the fact that most of his characters are so different in age & gender that they’re obviously not him, his voice is so honest on every page. Style that might come off as gimmicky had anyone else written it, is instead removed of all ego.

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