Super Sad True Love Story is a piece of gushy, Russian-Jewish self-flagellating, romantically improbable, adolescent autostimulation. It is studded with many bits of highly irreverent cleverness, conceptual cultural criticism and socio-political commentary that beg to be read aloud: Such as intergenerational, cross-cultural visit to Lenny's parents' house and dinner with Eunice's parents; or the omnipresent äppärät pda which no self-respecting hipster is ever without, incessantly broadcasts its bearer's financial, cholesterol, and even sexual (“fuckability”) rankings to the world at large; or the aging generation's vain attempts to prolong their lives with wheatgrass beverages and cosmetic surgery via the seductive Post Human Services which promises to help them live forever—for a very large price. This novel is not for the meek. Like Lenny, Super Sad True Love Story, deserves to be loved with all its imperfections.
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