Title: Judging a Book by Its Lover
Author: Lauren Leto
Originally Published: 2012
Format I Read: Paperback
I’m a sucker for books about books. I have an entire shelf devoted to them. I love them. And so, I could not pass up the opportunity to read and review Judging a Book by Its Lover, by Lauren Leto.
JABBIL is almost a parody of other books about books. And, like any book of humorous essays, it had high and low points for me. It felt uneven, but I think it was because the different bits and stories will work for some and not for others.
I liked the fact that Leto, at times, took a more relaxed view of loving books. But at other times, I felt like she was overly judgmental about the books people read that she personal views with disdain. And some of the jokes, while funny, went on for way too long and were often a little mean. For example, there are fifteen pages of the chapter entitled “Stereotyping People by Favorite Author.” Here are the first three to give you a taste:
Kids who don’t fit in (duh).
People who type like this: “OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3."
Fifteen pages of these was a bit much for me. But the book as a whole was a fast read and entertaining in that it is about my favorite subject: books. Despite some things that didn’t work for me, I think lovers of books about books will find something to enjoy in this one.
Judging a Book by Its Lover, by Lauren Leto [rating:3]
Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a review copy of this book.