The Art of Living Other People's Lives: Stories, Confessions, and Memorable Mistakes by Greg Dybec
Release Date: January 3rd, 2017
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley
Description From Goodreads:
Elite Daily managing
editor Greg Dybec worries about rent, sex, love, family, and—the most
millennial topic of them all—a desire to leave a legacy. In The Art of Living Other People’s Lives,
Greg delivers a funny, brash, and insightful collection of twenty
never-before-published stories on becoming a pick-up artist to get over
an ex-girlfriend, late-night adventures with his Uber driver, having a
Twitter-induced panic attack, picking up a gig writing about men’s
underwear, and more.
Greg’s writing is all at once candid, honest,
and unapologetic, and his hilariously neurotic and self-analytical
journey will strike a chord with anyone struggling to balance their IRL
selves with their virtual ones.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Actual rating: I'd probably go with a 3.5.
I enjoyed this for what it was, a collection of fun, personal stories. Unfortunately, as I neared the end, the book began to lose steam. The stories weren't as engaging. This isn't to say the book isn't worth a read, though. "The Art of Living Other People's Lives" does offer some wonderful stories that nearly everyone can relate to - whether it be insecurities, dating, growing up, family, etc. There's at least one story in this collection that you'll be able to relate to. With that being said, there are also a few that'll more than likely frustrate you as you read them.
I went into this book, not really knowing what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed it for about the first 50%. I just wish it had held my attention through the end. Still, don't let my rating keep you from giving this a read. There's bound to be at least one story in here that you can connect with.
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