Nihilistic weird fiction. Interested? If you’re looking for something to shake up your to-read list, then this is one to consider. I went back and forth between laughing out loud and being completely perplexed. Based on the idea of a person (who seems to be the author’s alter ego) leaving notes in a Wendy’s comment box for a year; and yes, it’s basically as weird as it sounds. Each page is a short poem, thought, or rambling. It’s not as narrative as I had expected and blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction. It felt as if Wenderoth was truly stepping into the character vs. writing about the character. What would the type of person who goes to Wendy’s nearly every day think about? I kept forgetting I wasn’t reading the actual thoughts of this person. A book with this subject matter sounds like it wouldn’t get too deep, but there was interesting commentary about modern “throw-away” culture, Christianity, self medicating with food, the things in life that hold us back, etc. There is also an underlying current that there is no point to any of this, which is the point. Delightful.
TL:DR Need something weird to laugh at, but still make you think? Pick this one up and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Reviewed by Katie Holland, who is a Chicago based artist, creative mind and bookworm.
Publication Date: November 27, 2000 Page Count: 296
ISBN: 0970367201 Publisher: Wave Books