Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Jenah0
Book Review: My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills
At 30 years old, Brandon is barely able to make it through life, much less enjoy it. He is weeks away from what should be one of the happiest days of his life, his wedding day to his fiancée, Clarissa, but his attention is distracted when his estranged, erratic and oddly eccentric father suddenly reappears with a bizarre demand: to accompany him to Stockholm, Sweden, where they will meet a man who he claims will change their lives.
Desperate for even a brief escape from his reality, Brandon reluctantly goes with his father, ready for a disaster. But his life changes completely the moment his eyes meet the mysterious Swedish man’s daughter, Saga. On a cobblestone street in the middle of Stockholm, Brandon reawakens to life, though struggles to navigate the messy love triangle with Saga and his fiancée, which includes multiple arrests, hospital stays, terrorist bombs, acts of heroism and foolishness, family secrets and even a bit of public nudity.
This book is a comedy of errors as written by The Three Stooges- or maybe the Marx brothers. Brandon lives in a world filled with self-indulgent, spoiled people that seem to want to do nothing more than make his life miserable. Between his name-dropping control freak of a fiancée and his irresponsible jerk of a father, he is jerked puppet-like through a series of misadventures rivaling those of Clark Griswold in the National Lampoon movies. Brandon moves through the pages of this novel alternately confused, frustrated, or outraged by his treatment by the various forces in his life, but he seems powerless to change anything until he meets Saga. Together they play tourist in two countries, have sex in a public fountain, break up (twice) and get back together. Brandon’s voice throughout is self-deprecating snarkiness that is fun to read. He realizes that everything he gets involved in is completely against his own best interests but he goes along anyway-usually to his detriment. As a reader, you almost know exactly in advance that everything this guy does is going to go south quickly, but he blindly plunges on.
Along his strange and almost surrealistic trip he finds new strength in himself and a sense of self that hadn’t been there before. Brett Sills accomplishes this dark comedy feat without becoming cartoonish. It is funny and fast moving and well worth reading.
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