I WANT AN EGG OF MY OWN
By Justin Grimbol
The Egg Said Nothing is a book is about Manny, the ultimate slacker, a man-child who spends his days watching TV and hibernating in his filthy apartment. To make money he scavenges for quarters in wishing wells and mooches off his mother. This all changes when he wakes up one morning with an egg in between his legs. He becomes very attached to the egg and starts taking care of it.
I love the concept of this novel. It’s hilarious and touching. I was touched by how protective he is of the egg without having any idea where it has come from. The first couple of chapters made me wish I had had laid my own man-egg.
The story isn’t just about an egg though. There’s a love story in there and it also has some craziness about time travel. His take on time travel is unique and hilarious. The love story, on the other hand, is really geeky stuff. It’s a classic love-at-first-sight scenario at its most cheesy. Sometimes this style of love story works, like in movies such as True Romance or Tromeo and Juliet. But the dynamic between Manny and the waitress he falls for is both shallow and completely unconvincing.
Still, it in no way ruins the books. Caris O’Malley’s writing is graceful and captivating. It’s a short read, and a fun as hell.