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Thursday, June 22, 2006

The List: A Love Story in 781 Chapters.

1. You start reading The List on your lunch break.

2. You wonder if the author keeps the same second person narrative throughout the whole book.

a. Yep.

3. You wonder the same thing about the list-like format.
a. Also, yep.

4. Your girlfriend tells you it looks like something you’d read on the toilet.

5. You agree wholeheartedly and decide it’s a novelty book.

6. You worry about hurting the writer’s feelings if you don’t like it.

7. You wonder how to review it.
a. You think about not reviewing it at all.
b. You brood.
c. And brood.
d. And brood.
e. Eureka!

8. You get paranoid that someone has already reviewed the book using a list-like format.

9. You consult Google and find nothing similar.

10. It’s on.

11. You wonder how many gender clichés appear in the book.
a. Single girls love to shop!
b. They own cats!
c. They take forever in the bathroom!
d. They think they’re fat!
e. They obsess about men!

12. You stop when you realize the answer is probably 781.

13. You don’t finish reading the book.

14. Instead, you give the book to a younger, single coworker.

15. She loves it so much she begins reading it right away, both to herself and out loud to anyone who will listen.

16. She gets very excited about it.

17. What do you know, anyway?

The List: A Love Story in 781 Chapters
by Aneva Stout
Workman Publishing Company
April, 2006
96 pp.
ISBN: 0761142169

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