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No Hope for Gomez!

No Hope for Gomez! - Graham Parke I was hooked by the tagline "Boy Meets Girl. Boy Stalks Girl. Girl already has a stalker.  Boy becomes her stalker-stalker."  It's kinda perfect, and twisted enough to be right up my alley. (I assumed.)  And though I did like this aspect of the story, I felt a little let down.It's weird; I like the elements of the story, and they all seem to fit together to make something I should really like, but I felt disconnected from the story.  I think this is in large part due to the "medical blog" style.  I mean, yes, it was quirky and sometimes very amusing, more so when you would take into account the things Gomez was saying + the reasons he was saying them + the fact that a medical research team was to have full access to the blog and his (very personal) shared thoughts.  This should have = a win, and occasionally it did.  But most of the time, Gomez's clinical style and my questions on the timing and delivery of it all kept me from buying in and going with it.But despite this, I wouldn't call it a bad read.  Parke is funny and quirky ala Christopher Moore, and some of the stuff that happens is fun and random in that good, wtf? way.  Gomez's interactions with his clueless neighbor were so hilariously uncomfortable (in fact, Gomez's interactions with a lot of people were hilariously uncomfortable -- he knows some odd people, and is a bit odd himself...), and the situations he finds himself are fun/zany.  I think there will be people who will really love this book and recommend it to people, and think about it and its characters fondly.  I'm just somewhere in the middle, wanting to like it more than I did, wanting to connect to it more than I could.  I think with a few different choices, the book would have had me, but as it is, it fell just shy.