With reality being as serious as it is these days (or at the very least MY reality) I find it necessary to check out once in a while. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Goodbye cruel world…it’s been a hell of a ride. This shouldn’t be a foreign concept to the bulk of you seeing as how reading is generally an escapist pastime, but books (as much as I hate to publicly admit this) can sometimes exacerbate the problem. Especially those that tackle tough issues. Because of this (the world being full of serious literature…not my propensity to be melodramatic) I think it’s imperative that we read (on occasion) books like Eva Darrows’ “The Awesome.”
“The Awesome” (as I’m sure you have inferred by now) is not a high-minded swanky novel. Instead it’s more of a slap-stick throw-away mocku-drama written entirely for entertainment purposes. (Don’t act like you have no idea what I am talking about. Have you read a Stephanie Plum novel lately? Giraffes…running through Jersey. Need I say more.) And while some people tend to snub their noses at books like these, I think they accomplish what so very little does these days. They make us laugh. Out loud. Sometimes slobber is involved.
But, I digress.
The first thing to understand about “The Awesome” is that it is NOT politically correct. If you get easily offended by bluntness (in all regards: sex, flatulence, hypocrisy) then you might as well stop reading this review. (AKA: this book is not for you.) But if you are a reader who enjoys a little snark while the characters poke fun at their own genre (ie: paranormal fiction) then you have come to the right place.
Speaking of characters (*ding* two point for a stellar segue) “The Awesome” is chalked full of some very intriguing ones. They were predictable (which, in all honesty, was part of the shtick) but they were also secure in who they were, making them fun to get to know.
For example: Maggie
Because of the nature of the novel (and the characters inside of it) sarcasm and self-depreciation are a prominent part of Darrows’ story telling.
She spends an exorbitant amount of time (I’d speculate roughly 65% of the book) crudely mocking cliched storylines, while at the same time putting her own characters into one. (Pissy vampire, unfortunate teenage virgin…etc.) Surprisingly, it works. Though it’s very thin. (I’m talking sheet of paper thin) I didn’t find myself put off by the 5 paragraph plot arc. Instead, I laughed at it’s ridiculousness and then subsequently kept reading. (I mean…who wouldn’t want to find out what happens to the 7ft tall female Russian ghoul?)
Here’s the thing, you can’t take this book too serious, if you do…you are going to be disappointed. It’s rampant with foul language, inappropriate Mother/Daughter conversations, and even has a fairly serious “bow-chicka-wow-wow” scene thrown in for good measure. It’s not going to win any awards. It’s not going to teach you any lesson, and it’s going to make you appreciate that you never walked in on your parents while they were engage in activities that are considered “clothing optional.” What it will do though, make you forget about a bad day at work, a crappy doctors visit, or a rough mommy day. And I don’t know about you, but I could use a book once in a while that doesn’t require a lot of thought, or that will make me ride an emotional rollercoaster.
It’s ok to laugh people, and “The Awesome” will help with that.