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Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Charles McDowell (Tekijä)

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"When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors--two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties--on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. His followers multiplied and he got the attention of everyone from celebrities to production studios to major media outlets such as Time and Glamour. Now Dear girls breaks out of the 140-character limit as Charlie imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of the girls to the test [in this work of fiction]"--Page 4 of cover.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:CORobb
Teoksen nimi:Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story
Kirjailijat:Charles McDowell (Tekijä)
Info:Three Rivers Press (2013), 290 pages
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näyttää 5/5
I started reading this author, Charlie McDowell, more than a year ago due to the popularity of his blog and twitter about "Dear Girls Above Me." In his twitter and blog Charlie provides quotes from two female neighbors that live directly above his apartment that he can hear due to the weird layout of both apartments.

While I have always laughed at the quotes and comments Mr. McDowell writes about his female neighbors, reading through them in a book format turned into a bit of a chore for me. After I finished this memoir I decided to pass on anymore of his memoirs/books, or blogs in the future.

First and foremost Mr. McDowell in book form is not funny at all. He just seems mean spirited and nasty towards two young women. Even though he is given constant chances to do something about eavesdropping on the girls conversations he merely keeps trudging along listening in and feeling as if he is finally somebody since he now has Twitter followers who are laughing at the girls with him. Even after he meets the girls in real life and actually starts to like them he still makes fun of them when he is not outright stalking them to the grocery store.

Second, Mr. McDowell tries to tie his own personal history into this memoir but his background and how his twitter and blog of Dear Girls Above Me do not mesh well at all. Instead he goes and tells stories about his now divorced parents, Disneyland, and how he comes from a huge Hollywood acting background though he does not divulge who his parents are (a quick Google search turned up that his parents are Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell). Also he seems obsessed with his ex-girlfriend and his response to their breakup bordered on creepy. He would throw asides to their relationship and to her in the memoir and once again it did not mesh well with what he was supposed to be writing about which was the girls above him.

Third, random tweets about the Girls are just thrown in the chapters we are reading and do not make sense in the context of the story that we are reading.

Fourth, I will just flat out say it, he writes in a way that you can take away that he is prejudiced. Frankly making fun of minorities, gays, and these girls along with other women does not equal funny to me.

The only thing that this memoir has going for it, is that it moves quite fast though you are often left confused about what is he going on about now when you start a chapter.

I would not recommend this memoir.

Please note that I received this memoir via the Amazon Vine Program. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Truly funny book where a 20 something man recounts his experiences in apartment living with loud neighbors upstairs. He learns more then he wants from the girls sometimes but at other times tries to use his "insider" knowledge to his advantage. Sometimes the book was just laugh out loud funny. The trip to CVS before a date comes to mind. Throughout the book he wanders if his roommate is gay. And he at times seems to be a friend of Dorothy as well. We finally learn towards the end of the book with a disaster with the fire alarm. I won't tell what all happens but it's hilarious. Very fun read and anyone who's lived in apartment with noisy neighbors can relate. But there's enough of him and his hilarious life that he doesn't just sound like a crank. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Apr 21, 2019 |
I found it hard to get through this book without giggling out loud, so I can't give it less than four stars.

The narrative is a little loose, but this is a very fun read, if you like laughing at girls who maybe aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. "In fact, they're more like a couple of dull butter knives that were left in the grass outside of the shed."

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  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
I don't twit or tweet or whatever the 140 character thing is, so I mostly ignored that part of the book. I found the story to be a funny slice of life novel. It is about the current state of big city apartment dwellers, with no particular message. ( )
  susanbeamon | May 26, 2014 |
I received this from a friend.

This is a tale of Charlie who vents about his loud "airhead" upstairs neighbors via Twitter.

*warning there is some language and sexual content

This book was pretty good. I read some pretty heavy stuff so this was just what my brain needed to reboot! There was plenty of LOL moments. Lots of moments where I scream outloud I cannot believe they just said that! I personally would have liked more of the Girls Above Me stuff and less about his own life. There are some parts of the book that were drawn out and boring.

Chapter Nineteen was my favorits. Charlie tells of how the girls sing songs with the wrong wording (we all know people who do it and are prob guilty ourselves)

"FireWork" "Cause baby you're a firework" Girls Above Me "Cause baby you love firewood!

Things like that! This book is an easy, quick fun read ( )
  nurdgirl | Apr 30, 2013 |
näyttää 5/5
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"When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors--two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties--on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. His followers multiplied and he got the attention of everyone from celebrities to production studios to major media outlets such as Time and Glamour. Now Dear girls breaks out of the 140-character limit as Charlie imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of the girls to the test [in this work of fiction]"--Page 4 of cover.

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