My friend Annette aka Booknerderie sent me Firecracker for Christmas because, and I quote, “It’s hilarious and dry and sarcastic and the mc is an asshole and you would love it.” She was right.
Let me go ahead and warn people who don’t like bad words that there are several in this review. It’s a necessity for this one.
Author: David Iserson
Genre: Yontemporary, humor
Publication Date: June 12, 2014
331 pages, paperback
Check out the synopsis on Goodreads.
“Astrid Krieger is such a bitch.” I love it. This book is hilarious, you guys. Ridiculously amusing. As is Astrid. She’s such an asshole and I completely love her. She’s unapologetic in her dickishness. She doesn’t care what you think about her and she does what she wants. She’s completely in love with herself. Now, if you know me at all, you can probably guess that 99.9999% of the time, I hate people like this. But in this case, it didn’t even bother me because she was just so damn funny. I was worried the book was going to feel really long because she’s such a jerk the whole time, but it didn’t. in fact, it was too short, in my opinion.
I know I’m only talking about Astrid but, really, she’s the only thing that matters – she’d probably say the same thing as well. But let me mention a few other things: this book, not just Astrid, was ridiculously amusing. There were more laugh out loud moments than I could count. I mean, David Iserson has written for SNL and New Girl. Of course he’s funny, and he does dialogue so well. The ending was perfect and wasn’t perfect. What I mean is that it wasn’t cookie cutter. It fit Astrid and her character.
To further prove it, here’s a quote:
My legs decided that they were no longer interested in holding my body up, which is total bullshit because they have one job. – Page 55
Couldn’t stop laughing after reading that. Especially because I couldn’t stop picturing this.
The bottom line: I don’t know if I could be more obvious in my love of Firecracker. Read it. Now.
Rating: 9 – practically perfect