I don’t know if this is going to be one of those books that I leave thinking about how ridiculous it is that I spent my time reading it, but I am so read for The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Lenore Appelhans. Frankly, this book just sounds outright hilarious and wonderful. I cannot get over how much I find myself completely in love with this concept of TropeTown and basically all you need to know is that this is the absolute greatest thing I have ever heard. I mean, you can’t tell me you see that name and feel anything but love and excitement for it, right? It just sounds like a mess of awful and funny and wonderful and I cannot wait. And okay, maybe you might not be like me and think it sounds like the greatest and funniest thing ever, which is okay, but also…TropeTown.
I’ll be honest, a story about trope-ish and cliched characters is probably going to turn out mediocre. But I’m hoping for a few good laughs along the way and so I am thrilled that this book exists and quite excited about getting my hands on a copy for a little while. Of course, as someone who read the book inspired by the twitter account of the Brooding YA Hero, I can say unquestionably that I can see where the book might end up being similar to that one and therefore not great, but I’m still excited.
Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same clichés for readers’ entertainment. Then he meets Zelda, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Geek Chic subtype), and falls head over heels in love. Zelda’s in therapy too, along with several other Manic Pixies. But TropeTown has a dark secret, and if Riley and his fellow Manic Pixies don’t get to the bottom of it, they may all be terminated.
How do you feel about this book so far? Is it one you think you might read? Do you think you’d rather not read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!