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Review: Dear Girls Above Me

July 16, 2013

Dear Girls Above Me

About the same time Charlie’s girlfriend breaks up with him, Cathy and Claire move into the apartment above him.  For some reason, Charlie can hear everything they say and do but they can’t hear him.   He tries his best to let them know he can hear them but nothing he does gets the message across.  Their conversations are inane and trite and, at first, they aggravate Charlie to no end but he eventually finds himself looking forward to hearing them and he even starts tweeting messages to them.

Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell is a humorous novel based on a true story.  Charlie was depressed over his recent break-up and found himself fascinated by the conversations of these girls.   Since he had a new Twitter account he wasn’t using, he decided to use it to send them messages.  He didn’t want them to know about it, though, and began to worry once his account went viral.   I found myself laughing at some of these tweets, even as I hoped no young woman today is so ridiculous.

Dear Girls Above Me,

“How much did that gluten stuff in food cost before they made it free?” Oh man, you don’t even wanna know.

Of course Charlie’s life isn’t just about the girls and their conversations.  He’s trying to get back into the dating game and trying to encourage his roommate to be true to himself.  In the end, though, it’s Cathy and Claire who help Charlie move on with his life.

Kirby Heyborne does an outstanding job with the narration of the audio version of this book.  He was Charlie to me and had me laughing out loud as I listened.  I found Dear Girls Above Me to be light, entertaining, and a lot of fun.  Having said that, this book isn’t for everyone – there is a lot of language and sexual references throughout the book that might offend some readers.  The audio version lasts approximately 8 hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2013 4:18 am

    It does sound like there are funny moments in this book.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    July 16, 2013 6:14 am

    The language definitely wouldn’t bother me! This sounds like lots of fun.

  3. July 16, 2013 6:43 am

    Don’t think this one would be for me, but it does sound like it could be funny.

  4. July 16, 2013 7:10 am

    Hadn’t heard of it before but it sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. kimboykin permalink
    July 16, 2013 7:19 am

    Now there’s an interesting premise. Thanks! I’d never heard of this one!

  6. Beth F permalink
    July 16, 2013 7:22 am

    Sounds like a fun summer listen. Especially for those of us who know Twitter.

  7. July 16, 2013 8:05 am

    I might be offended!

  8. July 16, 2013 9:51 am

    This looks like a lot of fun. A potential slump buster, too!

  9. July 16, 2013 10:50 am

    Kirby Heyborne is a fantastic narrator! I just listened to a book that was narrated by him and yes he sure does bring a character to life. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one.

  10. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader permalink
    July 16, 2013 11:07 am

    I absolutely want to read this. I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’m always up for a good laugh 🙂

  11. July 16, 2013 11:18 am

    Sounds like an entertaining read. Definitely something I want to check out. That is so crazy that they couldn’t here him. Lucky for him they were okay with him tweeting about their convos.

  12. July 16, 2013 11:28 am

    LOL, I love the gluten quote.

  13. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 16, 2013 11:34 am

    Though I know this book probably isn’t one I’d read, I have to say the quote about gluten made me laugh.

  14. July 16, 2013 11:38 am

    Sounds like a great summer read! I think I’d enjoy the premise; adds a little something to a familiar storyline.

  15. July 16, 2013 11:39 am

    Hmm, interesting. That’s the…fourth or fifth novel that has social media as a ‘mask’ for characters to hide behind. Torn if I want to read this or not!

  16. July 16, 2013 12:08 pm

    Great review- really want to read this now!

  17. July 16, 2013 12:48 pm

    This does sound funny and enjoyable to listen to. Terrific review as usual, Kathy!

  18. July 16, 2013 1:20 pm

    This sounds like a great, funny book. I just added it to my TBR list! Thanks for the great review 🙂

  19. July 16, 2013 1:30 pm

    I’ve been looking for an audiobook since I’m almost done with Reign of Madness (fantastic, by the way). I think I will check this one out. Thanks, Kathy!

  20. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 16, 2013 2:05 pm

    Ha! This sounds brilliant!

  21. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 16, 2013 2:05 pm

    You’ve so inspired me to add this to my wish list.

  22. Patty permalink
    July 16, 2013 3:33 pm

    This one sounds really great!

  23. July 16, 2013 6:26 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I’ve been looking for a lot of light fun reads lately and this fits the bill perfectly.

  24. July 16, 2013 7:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, this sounds funny!

  25. July 16, 2013 11:24 pm

    This sounds like a perfect summer audio – lots of fun!

  26. July 17, 2013 4:37 pm

    Sounds really cute. Not one I would usually pick up, but you may have convinced me.

  27. bookingmama permalink
    July 18, 2013 3:11 pm

    Sounds like a cute one! Light and fun!

  28. July 19, 2013 4:29 pm

    This sounds like a fun book. A pick-me-upper. Too bad about the language.

  29. July 19, 2013 4:41 pm

    I think this one sounds cute and would make a fun read!

  30. July 19, 2013 11:07 pm

    I’m nosy myself so I think I need to add this to my wish list!

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