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The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, or anyone who has ever geeked out about something.

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to one. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed, broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she's not living her best life. But that's all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own, she's offered a job. A job that she's woefully underqualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she's just the girl to deal with them.

©2015 Max Wirestone (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A hilarious read sure to delight mystery lovers and gamers alike. With unforgettable characters and a stand-out heroine, Dahlia kept me guessing until the very end. A laugh-out-loud gem of a book." (N.K. Traver, author of Duplicity)
"Dahlia's story is a zany, hilarious, laugh fest that made my inner geek girl sit up and search for a caper to solve! Take the clumsy sweetness of Bridget Jones, combine with the intriguing geekiness of Felicity Smoak, and you have Dahlia Moss in this delightful romp!" (Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times best-selling author)

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Simple fun, but nothing more

This book is a bit of simple fun, but a few problems keep it from being anything more.

I appreciated that the nerd culture was sprinkled in sparingly. Most books of this sort tend to cram in as much as is possible. The book however did try a bit too hard at being hip and witty.

I believe most of the main characters are twenty somethings, out of college, but the book feels like a high school dramedy. A lot of the dialogue is childish and there is a general sense of everything being heightened or over exaggerated.

The big reveal was anticlimactic, and then the end was extremely strange as all of these people who had known each other for a couple of days ride off into the sunset as the best of friends (or in this case all go out to a big group dinner.)

The narration was excellent and captured most of the characters extremely well. A few of the lesser characters voices rolled into each other, but there were plenty of distinct voices for most of the main characters.

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  • 03-02-18

Very funny

Very funny, wonderful characters, and a good mystery to boot. Narration is excrellent a well.

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reminiscent of an early Janet Evanovich

it was a nice little lighthearted book. it reminded me very much of the early Stephanie Plum novels