Okay, so you guys probably see me reblog and post about Nick Miller (not the character from New Girl) and his novel, Isn’t It Pretty to Think So, quite often. But, now I’m actually going to urge you to read it.
[Disclaimer: I’m sorry if I totally don’t do this book justice.] First of all, it’s about a writer, Jake Reed, who travels L.A. in search of something to write about.
Here is the summary from Amazon:Set in Los Angeles, the novel follows Jake Reed, a world-weary recent college graduate struggling to find use for his liberal arts degree amidst a waning workforce. He eventually lands a job in real estate as a “Social Media Manager,” a role that requires the mindless pursuit of likes, tweets, and hits.
After a death in the family and a surprise inheritance, Jake quits his job and meanders through lonely hotel rooms, quiet beach towns, and then, in a dramatic shift, stations himself in West Hollywood where disillusioned twenty-somethings lose themselves in the madness of drugs and sex. It is here that the only proof of memories is found in filtered photographs posted online from the night before.
Miller captures the angst, restlessness, and spirit of the Millennial Generation — a group mindlessly charging through the recession during a time when the line between existence in the physical and digital world is blurred. The novel provides a fascinating, grim, and often times humorous portrayal of the lifestyle that represents our contemporary youth.
I know it sounds like the commentary on technology and social media burdens the novel, but, really, it is incorporated in such a subtle way that it harmonizes with the corresponding themes of self-discovery and how people relate to others.
On his Novel Songs interview, the book was compared to Kerouac’s On the Road. The novel itself frequently alludes to both pop culture references and novels written by great American writers - the title of the book itself is a nod to Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
I don’t know how accurate this opinion is, but I actually firmly believe that Nick Miller is the F. Scott Fitzgerald of this generation. His writing has a similar elegiac quality and the rhetoric is reminiscent of Fitz. And for all of you who know me, you know I worship Fitzgerald. I don’t say this about just any writer. Nick Miller definitely has immense potential and I can’t wait to read what he publishes next.
For my writers on Tumblr (yes, you, Bekah, Raquel, Reid, Liz, Alyssa, etc.), please do me a favor and read this. You may relate; you may not. But it can’t hurt to give it a shot. And even if you aren’t a writer, I can almost guarantee that you’ll enjoy it just the same.