A terribly depressed, bitter, and mean "old man" (59!) unrealistically and unbelievably changes over the course of a few weeks because a couple with a pregnant woman, hapless husband and cute kids moves in next door, a young gay man needs him, a former friend has Alzheimer's, and he helps a youth his dead wife knew fix a bike. Assumedly "heartwarming", but to me it was saccharine and insipid -- very Lifetime movie of the week. And I understand that most readers found it very funny. Multiple suicide attempts? Hilarious! Significant untreated mental illness, coupled with grief and loss? What a laugh! Wow. I really do not get the love for this book.
Aug 25, 2019