Book #6 - Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich
Even after finishing this novel, I still can’t decide if I think it’d be better as YA or adult fiction. I guess it’s a good crossover, in a sense. The main character, Seymour Herson, is your typical unpopular nerd character who lacks charisma, intelligence, and ambition. Along comes Elliot Allagash, a bajillionaire with too much time on his hands, who makes Seymour is personal pet project. Predictably enough, Seymour eventually does mature to the point where he understands that he shouldn’t be anyone else’s pet project (he’s still rather dull), and Elliot ends up with a new one anyway. Sure, there were funny moments in this short read, but it just didn’t tickle me.
I may also be biased because I am terrified of the author. I made the mistake of turning to the back flap and was shocked to see this:
For some reason, I find this man TERRIFYING. I think it’s because he looks like someone’s creepy younger brother. I realize this is completely irrational and it’s unfair of me to judge him like this, but I can’t help it. My visceral reaction to his face is fear.