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Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca

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Steve

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After hearing everyone talk about this book incessantly on social media, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.  Yeah, I admit it.

The story is told through email and messenger correspondence between our two main characters.  I may be 100 pages or so but it's really a 40 page book if you were telling it in a traditional style.

While I enjoyed the writing style, it would have been much more impactful in a different storytelling format. Because we're reading emails and instant messenger correspondence (initially inquiring about purchasing an apple peeler, yes - it's as silly as it sounds) it's hard to ignore the fact that nobody writes emails this eloquently and detailed about the history of said item or everyday happenings.

Because the story is so fast paced and things escalate quickly, there is a lack of nuance and subtly that would have made the story more of a horror story and less of a cautionary tale. 

The attempt to create a moving story is lost at the conclusion that I'm assuming was meant to be shocking and disturbing - it made me laugh out loud. 

This is one of those this book just isn't for me situations and with the popularity of this book it looks like I'm in the minority but I will say I appreciate the author swinging for the fences and trying something fresh and new.

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