4 out of 4 stars
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Call Me Pomeroy is a modern-day comedic fiction story written by James Hanna and published in 2015. Featuring a street musician who is currently out of jail and on parole, Edward, aka Pomeroy, as he refers to himself, is a one-of-a-kind type of man. From living on the streets, to escaping from the police, Pomeroy is as entertaining as one could imagine.
With his crude sense of humor and impressive literary intellect, Pomeroy is a character who will continue to surprise you. I started reading the story knowing that it was not the best choice for everyone, as the crude and inappropriate situations and language is enough to scare away some readers. The story is told in Pomeroy’s perspective, but while referring to himself in third person, which I thought made him seem even that much more comical. It's easy to say that Pomeroy is an egotistical and sexist character, but I still found it hard not to like him.
I couldn’t help but think Pomeroy was delusional, at best, throughout the novel. Although his song, “Ants in my Pants” is catchy and comical, I couldn’t believe he was gathering an audience like he thought. Also, his intense satisfaction in knowing that every woman who saw him wanted to immediately jump his bones was more comical than I imagined the story to be, especially with him appearing to be a brute man.
Throughout his journeys, Pomeroy bounces around several countries in order to lay low from the police while also attempting to land a record deal for his musical abilities. After being thrown in jail numerous times for assault on police officers, Pomeroy always turns to his parole officer, Jessica, for help in his release. Convinced that Jessica is dying for a piece of him, Pomeroy has a soft spot for her and hopes to make her his manager.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the editing for the story was done, especially given that the main character uses slang dialogue frequently. I was also pleased to see that the story ending strong, leaving me wondering just what happens with ole’ Pomeroy. As the author suggested with the synopsis, Call Me Pomeroy is certainly not the best choice for everyone, as the personality of the main character is especially crude and sexualized, containing language that is not suitable for all readers. However, I’m happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and experienced numerous laugh-out-loud moments. I rate Call Me Pomeroy 4 out of 4 stars and would gladly read the story again, as well as recommend it to other readers who enjoy a humorous story that contains a different take on the “new world” philosophy that is expressed within the story.
Call Me Pomeroy
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