A review of Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love StorySuper Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sci Fi and more specifically the Dystopian novel, much as we hate to say it, is a genre. The genre has codes. Those codes can be bent. Broken. And sometimes shattered entirely bringing in new definitions of genre, new invisible lines and connections.

That is the beauty of this deep, moving and hilariously comic novel – it’s a love story set in the future, but a future so close it’s almost palpable in the humdrum of the everyday, a social commentary blended into a narrative in the most seamless and deft manner. Gary (last name TLDR) offers us a cocktail of “Romance” and SF in the way that K. Dick blended “Noir Detective” and SF, and in all honesty, I’ve never read anything like it. Leonard is a character of such complex depth, with such relatable, self-deprecating wit, you feel close to him like an old friend who’s telling you his own tale of woe around a beer or three.

If you find yourself crying onto the pages of the book, don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal – it’s always sad to hear about the woes of an old friend. Expect a tight, engaging read with a fantastic ending; it really is super sad, and super true. Don’t miss it.

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