Everybody Says Hello follows forty-something Sid Straw as he moves from Baltimore to Los Angeles to start a new job and a new life. Everything would be great if he could just get out of his own way.
Michael Kun’s Everybody Says Hello is a wonderful, funny epistolary (it means “consisting of letters,” I looked it up a minute ago) novel. We deduce Sid Straw’s adventures through his writing to his family, friends, co-workers, Heather Locklear, Obama, a black cop, and transvestite he met online. Everbody Says Hello is a perfect light read, and it was just a whole lot of fun–if not tummy-hurting hilarious.
Why I Wanted To Read It:
I was feeling hipster and wanted to read something that nobody heard about. Ok, not completely (even though I do lean towards box from big publishing houses.)
I came across LOLing at Books an article by Morgan Macgregor on BookRiot. And I was curious just how funny Kun was since he’s capable of making someone laugh to the point she had to get off the bus.
It was a funny book, I chuckled a bit but I didn’t find myself laughing out loud (even though I really wanted to.) I “get” the humor, but maybe timing just wasn’t right or the jokes were too overt. Now I am having doubts about my sense of humor. Is there something wrong with me? I did like that the humor didn’t depend on giving me a host of expletives (in fact, I’m sure there were no expletives even when Sid was furious, which made me admire the guy even more.) And didn’t have fart jokes. HALLELUJAH!
The best way I can describe the humor is if you mixed Thoughts From Paris with E-mails From an Asshole (both are hilarious blogs I love) and sprinkled it with Becky Bloomwood (from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series.) Not a good description? Well, I tried.
Sid Straw Is Just So Likable:
He is the perfect protagonist, a nice guy who sometimes does stupid things. You just can’t dislike the guy; at one point, he feels guilty about ripping a page out of the hotel’s yellow pages and proceeds to send the hotel twenty five bucks to replace it. And then sometimes he does hilarious things like trying to get the hotel to change “adult movie” into “Harry Potter” on his receipt. But somehow he just keeps getting stuck in unfortunate situations which leads to one misunderstanding after another–like accidentally sending a cat into a coma.
It’s A “Sequel”
I didn’t rad the first book (The Locklear Letters), but I don’t think it hindered too much with the story and Everybody Says Hello can be read as a standalone. It makes me sad I don’t know what this Eat Wheaties thing is all about though. Now I feel left out of a joke. I guess it’s a good excuse to buy The Locklear Letters then.
This book only looks gigantic, but you’ll finish it in no time–if not because of the humor, because of the one word pages (don’t worry, it’s not another New Moon, nobody is suffering an emotional meltdown.) It may not look like it, but Everybody Says Hello is a very quick read. I wasn’t sure where the story was going to go since unlike other novels, it doesn’t leave much room for action and didn’t have much of a plot, but I was very happy with the ending and the flow of the novel. My only caveat is that I forgot half the people he was exchanging postcards/letters with towards the end.
Stuff I Learned From Everybody Says Hello
Hiring a “lawyer,” and threatening to file lawsuits is the best thing that can happen to you; and may also prove to be very lucrative. TV may not mean television. And guys asking to see your feet may not be because they have a foot fetish…but it’s because they want to check if you are a girl.
On an unrelated note, why is it so hard to find a high quality version of the cover?