Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: THE DAY THE WORDS WENT AWAY by Chritina Escamilla

Have you ever wondered why popular books keep giving us the same tired plot lines over and over again?

Peter sure does. He has a theory that there are simply no more original ideas left in the world. To prove his hunch right, he makes a bet with his best friend, Andy. Together, along with the girl of his dreams and his best friend’s wife, they set out on a zany adventure that includes escaping the clutches of an illegal street racing crew, a terrorist attempt, one creepy morgue attendant, and a near death experience at the wheel of a well-known celebrity.

Will Peter find out why all of the words went away or will this unlikely foursome just prove he is a terrible writer?

Reviewed by: Sandra

Rating: 4.5 stars


Review: Peter has a problem: he has a hard time writing something that doesn’t suck. It’s a lot more difficult than it seems, especially when everything has been done to death.

Without that best-selling novel, he won’t be able to make all those millions.  So how does he end up making a living?

“…well…I’m running an academic paper mill…Some people may take the moral high road on this. Thos people would find the thought of doing work for other people, such as lazy college students that are on a free ride through a sport scholarship, detestable, but I see things just a little bit differently. I’m poor. You’d be surprised by this, but a degree in English doesn’t stretch as far as it used to…Besides the whole not-being-able-to-get-the-teaching-position-I-wanted thing, I’m kind of soft. I can’t handle manual labor and I sure as hell can’t handle retail. Retail, with its exchange of money for goods or services, requires numbers and calculations and people yelling at you. Oh, God, the yelling.” (13)

There was also an interesting theory about the doppelganger. “Is this another one of your stupid theories? Like the whole thing about everyone on the planet having a doppelganger because there’s a limited number of human facial features that humans can have or whatever?” Mmmm…

Then comes the bet: Proving that creativity is dead. Fascinating!

Peter is a lovable, smart, frumpy nerd with a deep knowledge of pop culture and an incredible shyness toward girls—like the guys on The Big Bang Theory. Andy’s wife, Angela, is one scary, jealous Latina with her always yelling at him. No wonder Peter is afraid of her.

I loved the cholo fight that they all get into. What is the deal with the tear drop tattoo?

Full of in-your-face humor, this story incorporates many genres—action, romance, mystery, drama, horror, adventure—into one zany and enjoyable package. I didn’t quite understand how they all wound up at a terrorist war camp surrounded by dead zombies. Weird!

“What about artistic integrity? What about making something that is going to last, be memorable, mean something? Isn’t that why we do this? Why we create? I know I’m just some wanna-be writer, but I can’t be the only one who isn’t in it for the money. I’m in it because I want to share my stories with the world! I want kids to have a sense of imagination and adults have the book stay with them years after they’ve put it down…I want to leave something behind when I die.” (208)

It’s funny how Peter is trying to kill himself to come up with a unique story, not realizing that he was in one. Readers will wonder what Peter will learn at the end of this day. Will he finally come up with that original story? Or will he give up?

Funny and enjoyable every step of the way!

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