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“In my daily existence, I am most often dressed like a nine-year-old on his way to baseball practice.”
I found it necessary to read this memoir for obvious reasons (you needn’t go further than the title). Little did I know how enjoyable it would be. I first heard about it from a mini-review on Goodreads written by yet another guy sharing our name: the kind and talented author/publisher Kevin Sampsell.
Keck might be too much of a misfit for most readers, but I’m a sucker for funny. If we can start referring to “lad lit” as something less-bothersome (and if we can get more books like this one, King Dork and I Love You, Beth Cooper) the genre will be on it’s way to becoming my favorite.
Are You There, God? It’s Me. Kevin. is nothing like the young female-oriented classic where it borrowed it’s title. I was waiting for Kevin to call out to the almighty for help like Margaret did, but instead he settled on naming each chapter after a book of the bible, and scriptural themes were spread throughout. Keck breathes wit into every every anecdote from his pre-30s life, whether he’s telling us about camping, dating, teaching Sunday school, or giving birth to twin daughters. Before you get too comfortable with one part of Keck’s life, he takes you to another, while managing to kill off the usual fluff and sentiment you might expect from a personal memoir.
*Warning to the young or easily-offended: Make no mistake, this book is filthy filthy! The author frequently makes casual mention of drug abuse and sex. Sometimes I had trouble feeling sympathetic for the guy, like when he graphically explains the details of having to wipe his senile grandmother’s rear end. (If that isn’t a proper indicator of what to expect from the content, I don’t know what else to tell you.)
Juanita is currently deciding whether she’ll give this one away in the next few weeks or not. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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