I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Everything Here Is The Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor
Published by HarperCollins on 2010-02-09
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Justin Taylor's crystalline, spare, and oddly moving prose cuts to the quick. His characters are guided by misapprehensions that bring them to hilarious but often tragic impasses with reality: a high school boy's desire to win over a crush leads him to experiment with black magic, a fast-food employee preoccupied by Abu Ghraib becomes obsessed with a coworker, a Tetris player attempts to beat his own record while his girlfriend sleeps and the world outside their window blazes to its end. Fearless and astute, funny and tragic, this collection heralds the arrival of a unique literary talent.
Everything Here Is The Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor, besides being a book with an incredibly long title, is a collection of short stories, basically about hipsters being unemployed doing un-glamourous things. Everything Here Is The Best Thing Ever is small, topping off at 185 pages. The stories are gritty. Some I related with and some I did not.
Stylistically, Taylor is excellent. The words just seem to flow off the page. Everything Here Is The Best Thing Ever reminded me a bit of Chuck Palahniuk’s writing. The people within are inherently flawed, I don’t really care much for the characters, but I still want to know what happens because the words weave a spell.
My favorite story within Everything Here is The Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor was Jewels Flashing in the Night of Time which basically involves this guy playing Tetris during the apocalypse. Tetris plus world-ending gets a giant thumbs up from me.
Aside from that, not much for me to say, as this was such a slim book without an overarching plot, or main characters. Just short stories, and if that’s what you like, then I say, pick Everything Here Is The Best Thing Ever up.
“It was so thorough, almost as if he were trying to say that if he could no longer work in an office then by God he would keep such a spotless and ordered home that the family would come to see how his lost job had been a good fortune in disguise.” – pg. 47
Story of my life. I currently work one day per week as I’m waiting to hear back about being approved to sub, and my current job doesn’t have the budget to give me more hours. Therefore, I clean and read all day. Seriously.
“She is a magic trick and I am either the magician or the crowd” – pg. 155
Sparse, beautiful, me likey.