The Biology of Luck

The Biology of Luck - Jacob M. Appel

I am not quite sure what genre I would put this book in but I do know that I really liked it. This book takes place in one day, the day that Larry Bloom finally has a date with the woman that he is in love with, Starshine Hart. He is so in love with her that he has managed to write a book about her life on the day that he finally tells her how he feels. The book alternates between chapters from Larry's book and the events that actually happen to Larry on that day.


I was really intrigued by the fact that this book contained chapters from Larry's novel. I have never read a book like that before and it really made this book seem unique. If you really think about it, all throughout the book you are seeing Starshine completely from Larry's point-of-view. You either see his opinion of her from the real life chapters or how he thinks her life is like from the book that he has written. Even though the chapters from Larry's book are from Starshine's point-of-view it was still written by Larry. She has told him about her life before so I don't doubt that he manages to interpret her somewhat correctly in his book.


When I first started this book I wasn't really a fan of Larry or Starshine but the more I read the more complex they both became and the more I grew to like them. They both seemed so life-like and both had fears or obsessions that seemed to drive them. Larry seemed obsessed by the fact that he is unattractive and Starshine wanted people to notice her and feared that one day they just might not notice her anymore. The secondary characters seemed to shine just as much as Larry and Starshine did.


I really enjoyed the humor in this book and loved how all the characters seemed to be connected. I have to say that I didn't love the ending of this (I didn't hate it either). I understand that it was left up to the interpretation of the reader but I was cheering for Larry and really wanted some good to happen to him and that wasn't the strong ending that I wanted for him. Overall this is a unique book with strong characters and I would definitely recommend it.