Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine, by Ben Tanzer.
ISBN: 9780981748108, Publisher: Orange Alert Press
Once again, I am impressed by a Ben Tanzer novel. Ben Tanzer’s writing has been featured in Rated Rookie, Chicago Parent, Abroad View, Clamor, Third Coast Press, and The Truth Magazine. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine follows his first book, Lucky Man. Ben Tanzer resides in Chicago, Illinois with his family.
Centering around four people in their late twenties, this story follows the often medial relationships between family, friends, and lovers- giving you an inside peek at secret thoughts, unusual and uncomfortable conversations, big city culture, the pain of rejection, and the elation of a newly budding romance. Geoff, not knowing at all what he wants in life, meets Jen, a woman who outwardly knows what she wants but never seems to reach it. Together with their friends, Paul and Rhonda, Geoff and Jen find themselves on new ground in their relationship and wondering if men and women will ever entirely understand each other.
The book was littered with comma errors, making me have to reread sentences more than once. Some of the sentence structure could be erratic at times, as well. It could use a period and start a new sentence to tie it together. I’m going to issue an age warning- not to be read by anyone under fifteen, due to language.
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine is a brilliant, clever, humorous, edgy, and raw portrayal of urban single life. Deftly written, it will capture your attention from the first page and leave you shaking your head in awe until the end. The plot flowed well and I didn’t find any dead spots where I lost interest. The characters were convincing and relatable, reminding you of just how uncertain your twenties and the dating scene could be. And anyone who can get a character to literally talk like Yoda while giving advice is fabulous in my opinion. The dialog was spectacularly honest, as if you were listening in on a real conversation. I particularly loved the coffee machine sequences, where Geoff is at work and mumbling about whatever ailments he has, and is given quirky and useless advice by his co-workers. It popped up several times in the book, making me shake my head, laughing. A recommended read!
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