"Things to Shout at Loud at Parties" is not your typical novel. Written in 1 page blurbs and pieces and tiny snippets, Markus Almond's "stories" make for a quick but entertaining read. In fact, as I read more and more, I highlighted more and more (in my Kindle).
So many of his snippets are so honest and real and relate-able. I loved them! Some of them were witty, some were hilariously strange, some were simple, and some seemingly made no sense.
I have included my favorite lines and snippets in this post to give you a taste of his humor and style, one that I really like and appreciate. It's a different way of writing and I like it - it's a breath of fresh air after reading so many traditional fiction pieces.
"And you carried the 12-pack of Stella without asking for help, because I had to take a phone call and honestly couldn't carry the beer and your beauty with one hand"
"Well, I must have fallen in love with you that night because I haven't left your side or hit ignore on my cell phone ever since."
"Advice to a young person: Never trust someone who claims to have all the answers."
I also decided, ya know, why not get some snow involved. I mean, it's April! Who doesn't want some snow in April? You're welcome.
"Sometimes, the best thing to do is to get the hell out of the house and shake things up a bit."
I've clearly got this party season in the bag.
To wrap this up on a final note on the book - if you like straightforward story lines and you prefer your reads to make perfect sense on every page, this compilation might annoy you. It's not supposed to always make sense. They're small blurbs you'd read out loud at a party and appreciate with your friends. You're supposed to appreciate them as they are in their small entirety.
"Love is a library book that you must renew regularly."