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How I Became a Famous Novelist

av Steve Hely

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"This is the story of [Pete] Tarslaw's effort to write the best-sellingest best seller of all time, and what its success costs him in the end."--Back cover.
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I'd give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. I didn't love it but it was a funny satirical look at the writing of novels. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
Funny concept, entertaining execution. When you have a premise that is the point like this, it’s hard to find a decent conclusion. So the ending wasn’t as great as the rest of the book, but overall it was still a lot of snarky fun. ( )
  Alliebadger | Jun 26, 2018 |
A very fun book. Just reading the "best seller list" was geat fun. Really a 3.5 rating, not quite a 4, but I would recommend it. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
This is the funniest book I've ever read. It just might be the funniest book ever written. There isn't a sentence here that isn't drenched with maximum hilarity. The mood and vibe is very much like Joshua Ferris' "Then We Came to the End," but the laughs multiplied exponentially. For me, the bonus is that the fictional character thinks and fantasizes the way I do about writing - not the writing itself, but the trappings. Everybody I know has to read this.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
For the longest time, before I actually started reading How I Became a Famous Novelist, I mistakenly thought this was a how-to book by some self-righteous writer. Or at least a tongue-in-check satire from some wannabe-writer. I can't be the only person who had this misconception. The truth is even better. It's fiction and one of the funniest books I've read in years.

Pete Tarslaw doesn't lead the most exciting life and has plenty of regrets to show for it. His ex broke up with him years ago and he's never forgiven her. In fact, he desperately wants her back even though she's getting married soon. He spends his workdays employed as a writer, but not in any respectful way as one hopes. Not even close. He ghost writes college essays for rich kids trying to get admitted to Ivy League schools. But here's the thing: He's shamefully good at it. Eventually Pete decides that he's had enough of this everyman life and is determined to steer his talents towards becoming a famous novelist instead. Not only will he be able to (a) quit writing altogether, (b) hobnob with celebrities, and (c) own his own island, but most importantly he'll be able to show up at his ex's wedding and rub in her face.

The author, Steve Hely, is a former writer for The David Letterman Show and Last Call with Carson Daly. This is his debut novel. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Feb 2, 2015 |
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I found this entirely charming, but I am a book geek. Then again, who knew about the Westminster Kennel Club before "Best in Show"? It is possible to write a good book about writing a bad book; Hely has done it.
 
Mr. Hely has deftly clobbered the popular-book business. He has taken aim at lucrative “tidy candy-packaged novels you wrapped up and gave as presents,” the kinds of books that go “from store shelves to home shelves to used-book sales unread.” His complaints about such books are very funny. They’d be even funnier if they weren’t true.
 
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