Love Monkey by Kyle Smith
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Many men aim high; Tom Farrell dares to be average. While his friends accumulate wedding rings, mortgages, and even, alarmingly, babies, Tom still lives alone in his rented apartment with nothing but condiments and alcohol in his refrigerator. He spends Saturday mornings watching cartoons and eating Cocoa Puffs out of an Empire Strikes Back bowl, and devotes the rest of the weekend to his other favorite hobbies: sports and girls. His credo, to think and act like a thirteen-year-old boy at all times, has worked well enough to land him a decent job writing headlines for the New York Tabloid. But neither his personal life nor his professional life has any forward momentum; he's occupied the same cubicle since the first George Bush was president and is currently "between girlfriends." At thirty-two, it starts to occur to him: There's a fine line between picky and loser.

Enter a sly, beautiful coworker named Julia. After a few torrid dates, Tom is hooked. "She's like cleaning behind my refrigerator. A once-in-a-lifetime thing." But the closer he gets to Julia, the more elusive she becomes. Frustrated, Tom seeks the dubious advice of his buddy Shooter, a shallow sexual gladiator, and wonders why he keeps getting into arguments with Bran, his smart, sarcastic "default date." But then tragedy strikes, and everyone's attitudes toward life and love change -- and even Tom begins to see himself in a new light.

By turns riotous and tenderhearted, Kyle Smith's Love Monkey is the most candid and excruciatingly funny exploration of the male mind and libido since High Fidelity.


About Kyle Smith

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Kyle Smith is the author of Love Monkey, the hit novel that was adapted into a CBS television series starring Tom Cavanagh and Jason Priestley. He is also a movie critic for the New York Post, which posts his reviews online each week at He lives in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The monologues are nothing a smarter-than-average Maxim reader wouldn’t come up with (on the coolness of Bugs Bunny, why it’s too much work to shop anywhere but Banana Republic, the myriad ways women are insane), but they’re entertaining nevertheless and dashed with a pleasing amount of malice.

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Book Reporter

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Entertainment Weekly

This relentlessly cynical novel from Smith (an editor at PEOPLE) trots out a familiar hero: the neurotic New Yorker whose sarcasm hides an underlying romanticism.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Stephen Metcalf Critical Summary Humor is subjective, which could explain the mixed reaction to Love Monkey, the first novel from People’s music and book review editor.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Love Monkey: A Novel

The first-time author, who edits music and book reviews for People magazine, understands the life his protagonist is leading and pulls no punches as he exposes the inner life of the 21st-century single guy.

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New York Post

PARK CITY -- An uncharacteristically restrained Steve Coogan does charming work as a dryly witty, Oscar Wilde-quoting porn king of Britain in Michael Winterbottom’s compelling, at times emotionally rewarding but not completely successful comedy-drama “The Look of Love.” Coogan, who plays Paul Ray...

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