Here is a review of My Real Estate Nightmare by author Fred Lucas.
Here’s the review.
My Real Estate Nightmare: based on a true story which means it happened more or less like this but with uglier people is a lot of fun, with only a little schooling on real estate along the way. It’s a genuine comedy that could be easily turned into a movie with a foreboding violent ex-con, a Swedish model, a crazy cat lady, a Harvard-educated lawyer being brought down a few pegs and a valued piano flying out of a moving truck and being crushed by an oncoming 18-wheeler to provide the action. Best of all, it’s true – or “mostly true” as the author says.
My Real Estate Nightmare by Bob Boog is about a real estate deal that goes haywire in unimaginable ways for the author and main character who was going out of his way to help a crazy cat lady. It’s somewhat inspiring to take some of the most bizarre episodes of our own lives that could be turned into a laugh-out loud comedy.
The writing style is witty and conversational from California realtor, Bob Boog. He uses a lot of parallel descriptions to describe the characters, one resembling Brad Pitt, another Will Farrell and a Jim Carrey reference to facial expressions. It also has some nice descriptions like, “dishes were stacked up and leaning in the sink like a ‘Cat in the Hat’ book.”
Throughout, I really wanted to know what happened next. The opening chapters were very lively. If I had to critique something, it might be that there seemed to be aspects that didn’t advance the story at hand. Perhaps out of a sense of obligation, so as not to sound like he was moping, the author digressed on what were true nightmares in the lives of some of his clients. Heart wrenching stories, but a little out of place – particular for a mostly sidesplitting book.
The book even has some element of spirituality. Though not a man of deep faith, the author portrays very positively Pastor Jim – who helps out with the problem and gives some comforting advice — and a “Holy Man from India” named Yogi (whom Boog gives a lift to the train station).
The author promises an anti-climatic ending – but then over delivers with a very gratifying conclusion.
All-in-all, My Real Estate Nightmare is a good narrative with good characters — one suspects might be slightly exaggerated for better story telling. But a highly recommend book, and something that would be a worthwhile movie. Read it and laugh!