The Last Girlfriend On Earth: And Other Love Storiesby Simon Rich (Website)
Published by Hachette Audio, Reagan Arthur Books on January 2013
Genres: Adult, Humor
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In "Center of the Universe," God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In "Magical Mr. Goat," a young girl's imaginary friend yearns to become "more than friends." In "Unprotected," an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy's wallet. The stories in Simon Rich's new book are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine's Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.
I’d listened to Simon Rich’s previous release, What In God’s Name, and I knew that the author can do quirky, smart, heartfelt humor right. His latest work is The Last Girlfriend On Earth: And Other Love Stories, a collection of humorous short stories focusing on relationships that have a wide variety in scope and genre. The book is divided into three sections: Boy Meets Girls, Boy Gets Girl, and Boy Loses Girl.
The stories start off strong in “Unprotected” with the journey of a young man as he goes from teenager to adulthood through college, ultimately meeting the “one”, written exclusively from the point of view of a condom that is present in the guys’ wallet for most of the story. The tone of the story is clipped and to the point, the scope is limited since the main point of view character’s is small since he isn’t mobile on his own–and everything really works, making for a really enjoyable story following the evolving story as the boy grows into a man.
Another story that I really enjoyed was the Magical Mystical Goat. The writing style is completely different and old timey, and the story involves a girl who is left home with a Governess when her parents go on vacation for three months. She makes friends with a talking, proper, suited, and walks upright goat who appears through a magic mirror in her country home, and the goat’s definition of “friends” is very different from her own.
Is it possible to write funny stories about what happens if your mom has an affair with Santa Claus? I can now say that yes, it can be both awkward and definitely funny. Or what if your friends set you up with a girl that is an actual troll?
I also really enjoyed the Dog Missed Connections, featuring Craigslist ads written by dogs. They were straight up hilarious. The ads written by humans were really hilarious too.
I give this one a five out of five. Simon Rich mixes a great blend of science fiction, fantasy, and humor into this collection of short stories laced with his slightly sarcastic and jaded perspective on relationships. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this book, and the stories are extremely imaginative and entertaining. A great cross section of genres and time frames, all wrapped up with witty and creative story telling.
I listened to the audiobook provided by Hachette Audio
I knew what to expect from author/narrator Simon Rich going into this one since I’d previously listened to and thoroughly enjoyed his previous book, What In God’s Name, and this collection of short stories was just as enjoyable if not more fun to listen to. While this book didn’t take all that long to listen to–just three hours and thirty-four minutes–I enjoyed every minute of his smooth, evenly paced voice while not being overly theatrical in his reading.