The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories is a quirky book of short short stories by Simon Rich. The stories are sometimes funny and sometimes bizarre, but all carry an underlying thread of derision that left a slightly off-putting taste in my mouth. This is a book that will appeal only to a very specific sense of humor.
Rich's stories are all focused on romantic relationships. Each story is caricature like, with extremely exaggerated features pointing out the absurdity of love and relationships. While the first few stories were entertaining, the sarcastic humor wore on my quickly and I eventually quit reading. This was not to my taste.
The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories does have several appeal factors: the very short stories within it will appeal to readers who enjoy reading in small bites and the humor is quirkily. However, Rich's rather bizarre humor will not appeal to everyone, and I found that it wore on me as the book went on. With that said, this is sure to be a hit with some readers.
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