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“I really like Laurie Notaro's writing. Sure, I am the completely wrong target audience and when I went to her reading at Powells recently, I may have been one of the only few guys in the audience. But Laurie's writing is funny regardless of your gender.
One of the perks of writing fiction as opposed to non-fiction/memoir like Laurie's previous books is that she is allowed to exaggerate the characters she uses in the story. This helps make them more memorable like Nola who is obsessed with gross reality TV shows or Martin, the fiance, who is obsessed with his job in at the produce department. Each character stands out on their own and help SLG have a great cast to follow.
Anybody who read Laurie's first fiction novel, There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going To Hell, should recognize the character of Ruby Spicer who met an unfortunate demise by spontaneous combustion at the end of the first novel. She is back in SLG as a ghost teacher who serves as a mentor to ghost Lucy. Ruby seems a lot more mellow in this book. Maybe death does that to people.
While I de prefer Laurie's memoir books to her fiction, her second fiction novel has shown real improvement of her first attempt at fiction. Spooky Little Girl is as a well-rounded, light-hearted ghost story about getting closure and haunting people you hate by deleting their TiVo.”