Sunday, September 01, 2013

Book Review: Dear Girls Above Me

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 4, 2013)

Dear Girls Above Me comes from the creative mind of Charlie McDowell, a comedy writer and filmmaker.

As the book starts, McDowell has just been dumped by his girlfriend.  He's battling his landlord.  If it could not be any worse, he can hear everything being said by the two girls living above his apartment.  They talk about everything from Pilates to the Real Housewives.

After one of the girls complains that a guy named Chad has not responded to their texts, he takes to twitter after being inspired by a cable bill of all things.  McDowell starts to document all the unintentionally hilarious observations on his Twitter feed, which begins to amass an amount of followers.

In the process of sharing the girls' ditzy midadventures, Charlie learns about himself in the process.  What's more is that some of what they have to say comes in handy when he makes an attempt to reconnect with an old crush from school.

As the girls sign up for 8 AM pilates classes, Charlie is forced into a battle of the showers since they share the same water heater.

The book shares many of the one-sided conversations in which Charlie has drafted sarcastic responses to what hears through the ceiling.  His responses combined with the comments made upstairs are hilarious.

The twitter feed inspired CBS to order a sitcom pilot back in 2010.  Meanwhile Charlie is directing Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson in his directorial debut, The One I Love.

Charlie's book is laugh-out-loud funny.  Coming from someone that's heard the video games being played next door, I cam empathize with him.  Go buy and read this book.  You won't regret it!


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