Meet Emily Thompson, 25, quirky, wholesome, with a keen eye for contemporary art. One year after she moves from Buffalo to the trendy East Village, where she lands a job in an art gallery and an artist boyfriend, her life is turned upside down when she loses everything. Alone, broke and depressed, she turns to Craigslist to find – for free – everything she needs for both fun and survival. She soon discovers a wild, flawed world where everyone is either the con or the conned, and decency has flown both the laptop and the desktop. A roommate who is rarely home, turns out to be an escort, which makes Emily get on her high moral horse, but later, when Emily herself becomes an escort for a day things spiral out of control…
With her deadpan wit and trademark unconventional insight, Alexandra Ares delivers a fast-paced, rakishly entertaining and ingeniously plotted soulful novel that confirms her status as one of the hottest new writers around.
As soon as I read the following passage I knew this was the book for me:
Have you ever watched Seinfeld? My grandpa used to say it was a show about everything and nothing. My Life on Craigslist reminds me of that show. We all know Seinfeld was a huge hit and it’s easy to see why this book has gotten so much praise. Emily Thompson is a twenty-five year old, newly single, unemployed New Yorker. She spends most of her days and nights perusing the classifieds on Craigslist. If you’ve ever spent time on Craigslist, you can begin to formulate an idea of the disastrous situations Emily finds herself in. It’s funny, smart and filled with tons and tons of crazy drama.
What is Emily searching for exactly? Well, beyond the happiness we’re all searching for, she’s looking for a new love interest, a roommate and of course a J-O-B. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have the best luck in any of those departments. After scouring ads, she winds up working for some very shady people and dating men that would make most of us turn and run.
Just when you think things couldn’t get worse they do. The thing is … the bad times never last. Eventually, just like with everything in life, things have to start looking up.
I laughed, smiled and rolled my eyes more during this book than I have in a long time. Alexandra Ares brings to life a strong, sassy, fearless young woman. Emily is a girl after my own heart! I have a feeling that if she were real and not some creep-magnet fictional character, we would be the best of friends.
If you’re looking for a quick witty read, you’ve found it! My Life on Craigslist is an adventure you won’t want to miss.
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