Christopher Cullum is 25 years old and still lives at home. He works part time flipping burgers and he’s driving his mom insane. He won’t clean his room and definitely isn’t trying to do anything productive with his life. He decides that writing a book in a month and getting it published is the answer to everything. Ignoring the fact that he doesn’t read much and really hasn’t written anything since school, he dives in to get it done. There’s only one problem. He’s more in love with his main character than is proper. He’s so attached to Elsa, all he can seem to do is write love poems to her in a separate notebook and draw pictures of her.
One day, everything goes sideways. He’s no longer seeing Elsa only in his drawings and his mind. No, she’s right there with him! Taking him by the hand, she leads him out into her world and takes him on a crazy ride to the end.
Take Alice in Wonderland, fill the rest of a deck of cards with the craziest things the writer mind can imagine and shuffle them together. Laying out the cards one by one gives you this book. Zanzibar does a masterful job weaving the insane together in a delightful read that will have you chuckling the entire way through. Every time I need a good laugh, I know I’ll be reading this book again.
I will admit right now that this is a niche book. Christopher is participating in the book writing phenomenon known as “NaNoWriMo.” If you understood what I just said there, this book is for you and you MUST read it. If you’ve heard of it, but never participated, you’ll still enjoy the book. If you just shook your head like I said a nonsense word, then yeah… You might think this is absolute nuts. But that’s the point! The author does include some inside jokes from the NaNoWriMo participants group on Facebook. However, it’s done in such a way that it’s highly amusing and works well with the story line. As I have done NaNoWriMo several times, and I’m a member of the group, I absolutely adored this book. Honestly, I want an autographed hard copy to place on my shelf.
Side Note: I ran some of the book by my husband. He knows about NaNoWriMo but has never actively participated. Nor is he a member of the group on Facebook. I ran several of the inside jokes past him to see if he found them amusing even though he didn’t know their background. He found every one of them funny. I’d say that’s a huge win for this book.
For more information on the insanity known as NaNoWriMo, go here. For the record, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and occurs officially every November.