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Spokane, Washington, is nearly perfect for most people, but Jack Fitzpatrick is not one of them Hours after graduation and armed with his final paycheck from his nemesis, Mrs Pohlkiss, Jack heads for Southern California determined to prove that money does buy happiness Thanks to a lucky run in with a talent agent a few weeks earlier, Jack has loftier and lucrative dreams than minimum wage in the basement of Nordstrom s But once there, he learns that lofty dreams are a dime a dozen in the City of Angels Broke, barely scraping by, and hating his life as a temp, LA is definitely not what Jack expected But that doesn t mean he is going to lay down and give up not yet After reading Best Paying Jobs ofin Newsweek magazine, he decides to go after the only one he thinks he has a shot at institutional bond broker Once frustrated that his dazzling lack of experience keeps getting in the way, Jack is ecstatic to land a job at Freedom Capital, a no name firm with a hire anybody mentality Pumped to be on his way to his first few million, Jack eagerly engages in the challenged ethics of his new employer When a series of innocent events lands him in prison, he s sure things can t get any worse He would be wrong Funny, scathing and over the top, Freaks I ve Met is an adventure so unlike any other, it must be totally true This book was Hilarious I loved every bit of it I am an avid fan of humour books, and this one was one of my favorites that i have recently read Donald Jans is a wonderful author and I really look forward to readingof his work DISCLAIMER I received this book for free through the GoodReads giveaways.Despite scenes that have a hint of tragedy, this book made me laugh uncontrollably You cannot read this book without thinking of The Wolf of Wall Street, but that was crass and over the top while this feels humane and real which is quite ironic.Favourite quotes I was convinced that the proverb about money not buying happiness was written by a rich guy who didn t want you to feel bad because you didn t have any I d DISCLAIMER I received this book for free through the GoodReads giveaways.Despite scenes that have a hint of tragedy, this book made me laugh uncontrollably You cannot read this book without thinking of The Wolf of Wall Street, but that was crass and over the top while this feels humane and real which is quite ironic.Favourite quotes I was convinced that the proverb about money not buying happiness was written by a rich guy who didn t want you to feel bad because you didn t have any I didn t want fine I wanted to be somebody Somebody with plenty of money He looked so boring I didn t dare get too close to him for fear he d snatch part of my brain They were in charge of the privilege of staying and the joy of firing Sorry, Jack I really needed to hit rock bottom before I could dust myself off Those rich guys were right Money can t buy happiness, because happiness is everywhere It s free, like air It is 1987, and in a matter of a few hours after graduation, Jack Fitzpatrick leaves Spokane, and heads for Los Angeles, hoping to find the proverbial pot of gold when he takes a modeling job Going weirdly awry, the twenty one year old hightails it out of Washington, moving in with one of his college roommates Things go awry once again, and Jack has no choice but to find another job Various temp jobs go belly up, and cold calling for a stockbroker leaves little hope for cold, hard cash When It is 1987, and in a matter of a few hours after graduation, Jack Fitzpatrick leaves Spokane, and heads for Los Angeles, hoping to find the proverbial pot of gold when he takes a modeling job Going weirdly awry, the twenty one year old hightails it out of Washington, moving in with one of his college roommates Things go awry once again, and Jack has no choice but to find another job Various temp jobs go belly up, and cold calling for a stockbroker leaves little hope for cold, hard cash When Jack s first bona fide, yet precarious, job selling bonds provides enough skills for him to quit and try for big time investing in San Francisco, Jack has no idea that he is in for the freakiest time of his life.Donald Jans spins a hilarious, laugh until you cry story in his memoir ish debut novel Jans first person narrative features Jack, an adventurous young man, who is surrounded by the strangest of the strange Replete with a colorful cast, Jans characters fit the stereotype of freaks many which fill deprecating, self absorbed, sex driven roles A few among the flurry of most memorable characters are Mrs Pohlkiss, Jack s infamous neighbor Dexter, his college roommate and best friend and Fat Wyatt, one of Jack s co workers Of particular interest is the way Jans uses his cast all foiled characters to force Jack to ultimately do something substantial with his life Incorporating one uncomfortable scenario after the other, Jack has to constantly re evaluate his life choices.Jans writing style is laced with irreverent verbiage, which nicely accentuates the off the chart, funny scenes Great examples are found in incidents with Mrs Manchester s Dexter s mom pristine white couch, with Rockwell s computer system, and in the unforgettable elevator scene with Fat Wyatt Readers will definitely have to put the book down for a while to gain composure after reading that last mentioned entry absolutely hands down side splitting Chapter after chapter combines bizarre and unsuspecting situations with Jack s desperate attempts to fit in, and become a real somebody.A great mix of comedy, set within a coming of age plot, Freak I ve Met is without a doubt top rate humor that not only has the potential of reaching a wide audience, but also of becoming a best seller.Originally posted on San Francisco Book Review Anita Lock, Book Reviewer I won this as part of the good reads giving away What an amazing book well written and definitely leaves you smiling, also made me chuckle in places Highly recommended