Insane CityLarge Print - 2013
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Although he cannot believe it, handsome, funny slacker Seth Weinstein is about to marry Tina Clark, daughter of a billionaire, and a highly successful lawyer in her own right, in Miami.
Seth and his buddies arrive in the crazy city for the bachelor party, get lost, end up getting incredibly drunk at a bar, and Seth passes out under the bar. When he comes to, his friends are gone, and his suitcase, containing Tina's extremely expensive, custom wedding ring, is missing. Duane, a nice, but intimidating dude with a huge python on his shoulders, offers to look for it, while his friend Cyndi, 4th runner up in that night's Miss Amateur Hot Bod contest, helps Seth get to his hotel, where a very large stripper awaits, and wants her money.
Looking for the ATM, Seth ends up on the beach, where he saves a Haitian immigrant and her two children from drowning.
Soon, Seth's suite is occupied by Cyndi, the Haitian family, the stripper, and her refrigerator-sized boyfriend/manager.
Duane locates the suitcase, but having gotten called to a work emergency, tells Seth where to find it, and he and Cyndi are off, sneaking away from the wedding rehearsal dinner.
In the meantime, there's a batch of highly potent medical marijuana-laced brownies, Seth's guys make it onto the local news after waking up in front of a hotel of ill repute - one naked, one without pants, and one without his wallet. Throw in an even richer billionaire, the kind of guy that can singlehandedly influence the entire stock market in 15 minutes just by picking up the phone, with the most serious case of the munchies, an amorous orangutan, and a pirate ship, and this is one funny book.
If you are in need of some laughs, you might want to check this one out. It's Dave Barry, after all. How can it not be funny?
At this point, winter’s hung on long enough that most of us are past yeti jokes and fort building and are well into the kind of resigned stalwart ennui that fuels so much prairie CanLit. What better way to get away from the maddening drear than a comic romp through Miami?
Dave Barry’s Insane City is just the thing to chase away extended-winter blahs – a hilarious comedy of errors set in a city with no filter, taken to all the ridiculous extremes the author could think of in the name of laughs and adventure.
Seth Weinstein is your typical nice guy who can’t win. He went to college and did passably well, only to wind up living back in his parents’ basement tweeting PR pap for a living. When he meets gorgeous, sophisticated Tina Clark, he can’t believe his luck. He wastes no time proposing to the clever, socially conscious lawyer from a family of famous investors. Before he knows it, he and his lovable-loser friends from college arrive in Miami for the bachelor party before the beachside wedding.
Of course, nothing goes as planned. Before the night’s out, Seth’s lost the Groom Posse, an orangutan has Tina’s wedding ring, and a family of Haitian refugees are camping out in his suite at the wedding hotel. Tina, meanwhile, has gone full bridezilla, and refuses to tolerate Seth’s good-natured attempts to solve the problems. I won’t give away too much more other than to tell you the author employs some very well-timed special brownies and there’s a pirate battle.
Fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tom Cockey, or Bill Bryson’s more debauched material will find this book has everything they want from a winter escape novel. The characters are stock stereotypes, but that’s actually desirable in a slapstick plot this complicated. No psychology gets in the way of the laughs, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that will get you dubious looks on public transit or in bed next to your partner. (I snorted! Most unladylike.) It’s The Hangover for people who read, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Winter, consider yourself pwned.
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