We may not brush our hair, change out of our pajamas, or sit down at the dining table, but we always make time to read.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Office Girl - Joe Meno
One line of the description of this book hooked me, "Nothing takes place during a World War." Not that there aren't great books that take place during World Wars, but I have read many of them in my time, and I could use a different setting (as long as it's not also post 9/11 PTSD land). Office Girl, however, was not quite what I was looking for. It tells the story of "artists" Odile and Jack and reads like a literary version of Zooey Deschanel's quirky too-cool projects. As the two work menial office jobs during the day, they spend their evenings contemplating the more esoteric - condemning commercial art and making renegade art of their own. I think I am too old for this book - not that I'm too mature by any means, but just that I find characters in their 20-somethings who are complaining about life and finding themselves to be tedious. I just want them to get over themselves. That being said, some of their art was clever and funny. Overall, however, I found the book a little too hip for my tastes.