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Publisher: Zondervan

Author: Michael Snyder

A synopsis

In Michael Snyder’s new novel A Stand Up-Guy Oliver Miles works as a night security guard at the Harrington hotel where frequent reports of robberies and ghost encounters keep him and Mattie, the attractive and sneaky night auditor, guessing. But few dream of becoming a night security guard or an auditor for that matter. So Oliver spends his off hours pursuing his comedy career and Mattie writes songs when she isn’t crunching numbers. As time goes on, the cases go unsolved, security cameras are installed, and hunches turn into accusations. Oliver and Mattie’s relationship grows and each uncover hard truths about the others families that test their relationship. The question then becomes will the truth discovered about Oliver’s mother and Mattie’s father strengthen their relationship or break it?

My personal reading experience

I almost didn’t finish this book. But I did and I am glad that I did. I think I expected the story to be funnier than it was. But at the same time I think after finishing it I see it as a story about an aspiring comedian and not a comedy. Perhaps genre expectations, though sometimes helpful for both readers and writers navigating the ocean of books available to read, can be somewhat of a hindrance to seeing characters clearly. I find stories of aspiring anything really quite interesting. I’m an aspiring writer and also used to be a guitarist in a metal band not too long ago and so I can relate. The characters in A Stand Up-Guy had to make tough choices that must be made by any artist who wishes to develop an audience and also maintain healthy relationships with those they are already close to. The internet has exacerbated the tension between these two desires dramatically. This made the themes very timely. I found the story to be far more tragic at times than I expected but overall the story was a challenging, thought provoking and satisfying read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley.com. <http://www.netgalley.com> I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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