Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Plus One by Christopher Noxon

“Plus One is a smart and funny novel about Hollywood, but where it truly shines is in Noxon's stunning and painfully accurate depiction of the complex rhythms and growing pains of a marriage.” — Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go "

Well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Plus One tells a story from the inside of show business about being on the outside."— Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men

Christopher Noxon's debut novel Plus One is a comedic take on bread-winning women and caretaking men in contemporary Los Angeles. Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a mid-level marketing executive whose wife's fourteenth attempt at a TV pilot is produced, ordered to series, and awarded an Emmy. Overnight, she's sucked into a mad show-business vortex and he's tasked with managing their new high-profile Hollywood lifestyle. He falls in with a posse of Plus Ones, men who are married to women whose success, income, and public recognition far surpasses their own. What will it take for him to regain the foreground in his own life? 

Christopher Noxon is an accomplished journalist who has written for such publications as the New Yorker, Details, Los Angeles Magazine, Salon, and the New York Times Magazine; his first book, Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up (Crown), earned him interviews on such shows as the Colbert Report and Good Morning America and generated features in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Talk of the Nation; Ira Glass of This American Life called the book "an eye-opener." Noxon happens to be married to a top TV writer/producer and does the school chauffeuring for their three children, so he knows whereof he speaks regarding Plus Ones. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Received for review.

Very, very rarely do I come across a book that makes me laugh so hard that my Starbucks comes out my nose but this managed it.  Once scene involving a medical procedure had me laughing so hard I actually had tears flowing down my face.  Seriously, it was that funny.

From the very first page you can't help but love Alex.  He's such a great character.  He's just so incredibly real and fun and someone you'd actually like to know in real life.  He actually reminded me a bit of Marshall on How I Met Your Mother as played by Jason Segel.  Crazy stuff just seems to happen to Alex on a regular basis and you just enjoy seeing how he's going to resolve the latest situation.

This is the guy equivalent of Bridget Jones's Diary.  It was seriously that good.  I want another book by the author and I want it now!  I definitely highly recommend this pure awesomeness!

★★★★★ = Loved It

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