Monday, August 25, 2014

REVIEW: Strangers on a Bus

Strangers on a Bus
By: Rob Manary

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Memoir
Publication date: 3.29.2011
Pages: 207

Date read: 8.22.2014
Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review

Summary: If you liked When Harry Met Sally, you'll fall in love with Robb and Gertrude from Strangers on a Bus...
            Robb is crushed by a failed relationship with the love of his life and finds himself unexpectedly on a long bus trip from his adopted home in the U.S. back to his native Canada.
            At the first stop in NYC, a girl gets on and so begins a contemplation of life, love, and strange events that will bring tears of laughter and heartache streaming down your face.
            Is this girl Robb's real true love or just a rebound?  How far can they get on a bus ride anyway?
            This is a true story.

When I was first suggested this book by a Blog Tour friend, I really wasn't so sure, but the avid reader in me decided to give it a go.  Six pages in and I was glad that I did.  It's a true story ... and I love the way this guy thinks.

I laughed so hard through almost the entirety of this book.  Even the sad parts (and there were some, especially when he talks about memories and his ex) were funny, the way he looked back on them and described them - I like it when people can look back and make jokes (jokes are a great way to help you get through things).  I also knew how he felt when it came to some situations, so I felt a great deal of empathy while reading it.

Once the girl enters the bus, and he decides to rename her (funny!), things start to look up and by the end of the book, I really did have "tears of laughter and heartache."  (By the way, I did not find When Harry Met Sally funny at all.  Wait wait wait - hold your horses there, Tiger.  There are actually quite a few movies I have sat through with friends where everyone is laughing, except me.  Miss Congeniality, for example.  Everyone was staring at me like "Why aren't you laughing?" and I'm all "Why ARE you laughing?"  The point?  THIS book being compared to THAT movie is what threw me off.  I mean, I guess they are comparable, but this book = hilarious, that movie = yeah, not so much.)

Favorite quotes: There were lots, but there were too at the beginning that I couldn't forget.  

"Interesting fact, right!  I wonder if it's true.  Shit I make up rarely is." 
"She and I are about as good a combination as peanut butter and eels."


Rob Manary said...

Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm very glad you enjoyed and appreciate the time you took out of your life to read it!

But this business about you not liking When Harry Met Sally?? We'll have to have a little chat... ;)

This brings up the question of what to compare Strangers on a Bus to? (Really, it's too good to compare to anything! Right, I know!!! ;) )

Thank you again,

Meghan H said...

Haha I don't know what I would compare it to (maybe it is too good), but definitely not that movie. :p

And you are very welcome. I really enjoyed it. I'll have to check out that other thing you wrote now :)