Thank You to Penguin Group Putnam for providing me with an advanced copy of Dave Barry's Best.State.Ever., in exchange for an honest review.
PLOT- In his latest non-fiction book, Best.State.Ever., humorist Dave Barry's takes us on a tour of Florida, and gives his many reasons that his home state is the "Best State Ever".
LIKE- Dave Barry is preaching to the choir, I absolutely adore Florida, and would love to live there one day. I'm a fan of Barry's sarcasm and found his romp through Florida to be hilarious. Tears streaming my cheeks/ nearly spitting up my coffee = funny.
Barry visited many of my favorite places, such as Gatorland and the Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Show. If you've not seen the mermaids, book your trip now. They epitomize all that is fabulous and kitschy about Florida. Barry also spent an evening in Cassadaga, a town know for its high number of psychics. It's a bizarre chapter. I've not visited Key West, but Barry has convinced me to add it to my bucket list. It seems like mayhem happens in Key West. I'm game.
I commiserated with Barry's need to defend his state. Coming from California, I find myself quite frequently mounting a defense of not just my state, but my love of living in Los Angeles. I get very defensive over the state and city that I love. I get it Barry. It's frustrating when your home is constantly being put down. I'm sure who gets more hate, Florida or California...but I understand your frustration.
DISLIKE- Best.State.Ever was over before it began. Way too short! I know there is much more weird and wonderful Florida places that Barry could have added to this book. C'mon Barry, time for another road trip and a sequel. Please?
RECOMMEND- Absolutely! If you love Florida, this is a must read. If you think you hate Florida, please allow Barry to convince you otherwise. Best.State.Ever. is hilarious and throughly entertaining. I read it in a single afternoon and was left wanting more.