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The Ask (2010)

by Sam Lipsyte(Favorite Author)
3.28 of 5 Votes: 5
0374298912 (ISBN13: 9780374298913)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
review 1: I wanted to like this book. I really did. In the end, though, it was just a little too cute, a little too snarky, a little too clever and full of itself for me to really enjoy. It reminded me of a hipster who is not nearly as cool and insightful as he thinks he is. While the premise was promising, none of the characters were particularly worth rooting for. I kept going, in the hope that I would get caught up in the plot and characters, but that just didn't happen.
review 2: An ultimately depressing book with unlikeable characters. I was excited by the premise, but left unsatisfied by the execution. Perhaps I just imagined a different book, and the fault lies with me rather than the author. Or perhaps as one who fundraises in higher ed for a living, this cu
... moret too close to home. I'd like to think that I was hoping for something that would strike close to home, but this missed by a mile. less
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Lots that I identified with but maybe hit to close to home. Wanted something more from the ending.
There isn't a single likable character in this book, including the 4 year old child.
anti hero is sad about his sad life. unremarkable but relatively entertaining
Recommended by Allen. 3/16/14
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