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Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Flabbergasted" - Ray Blackston

 
"Flabbergasted" - Ray Blackston
 
My current read is "Flabbergasted" by Ray Blackston. I read this book years ago, but I figured it'd be a good time to reread some of my old books for this blog. I picked up this book simply because of the title. Flabbergasted... wouldn't that just make you wonder what the heck it means?
 
This book is written as if you were reading a diary, in first person. The main character, Jarvis, has just relocated to South Carolina by his firm. His girlfriend dumped him over e-mail, and he bought a fixer-upper house. That's a lot of major life events thrown together, and could make a guy quite lonely. So, while signing the papers of his house, he asks the real estate agent where he could meet women. To his surprise, she said in the different churches. In her words, the Bible belt of the USA has more churches then bars, so that's were she meets most of her clients. Depending on what type of woman you want depends on if you go to a Pentecostal, Baptist, Catholic, etc. church. Jarvis, who hasn't been to a church in over five years, decided to take a stab at going to church, and even joins a singles class.
 
I love how this book is written because it hits close to home. I've moved across the country and had to find a new church, and essentially a new life. If you have ever had to experience multiple major life events at the same time, and enjoy some sarcastic humor, this is the book for you!