By: James Robinson, Jr
Publisher: Amazon Kindle Direct
Publication Date: January 16th, 2023
Reviewed by: Lily Andrews
Review Date: March 7, 2023
I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato: Or...I Should Have Stuck With the Twist is an exhilarating composition that integrates twenty-five short stories which take a humorous look at the joys and perils of Author James Robinson Jr.'s life as he collectively offers his facetious and amusing reflections on different events across the decades that will leave readers chuffed and exultant.
This book's colorful cover design will quickly capture the reader's attention and the alluring content will hold the reader's interest throughout the book. The first pages reveal the liberal use of rhetoric and jocular, which is a brilliant endeavor that efficiently makes the stories even funnier. The author has a unique style of writing that provides double escapism, allowing readers to enjoy a good laugh while also looking at their personal situations lightheartedly.
Some of the best moments are Robinson's recollections from his early days in school. One of the episodes that jumps out involves the author being haunted for decades by his teacher's grammatical corrections, and a continued struggle with sentence structure later in college that saw him advised by his favorite teacher to invest in a grammatical text. He hilariously notes that in his current writing practice he is free to write however he wants and doesn't need to follow any punctuation or grammatical rule no matter the number of times Microsoft Word may highlight them.
The author has laudably injected levity in every topic and readers will find a hidden joke buried at some point even in the most illustrious topics such as Christmas. Some theologians, he says, have come up with a rather interesting idea that suggests the Wise Men's arrival to see the Messiah did not happen a few hours after his birth, but rather a year later. Among other risible moments that will have readers jocund are the aftermaths of the Christmas season where many people sluggishly let go of their celebration trees. Was he a victim as well when his encounter with a traffic police officer reveals he was playing a Christmas tune on his car stereo in the month of May?
This entertaining read will not only provide an experience into the author's world but will also offer practical advice on how to maintain realness and authenticity in order to enjoy life fully and make every day count. Robinson's unique perception of the world is an inspiration to readers who may want to adopt the type of thinking that focuses on maintaining a positive and optimistic attitude.
By the end of the book, it is evident that savoring a positive experience by actively reflecting on thoughts and emotions related to it can be an effective way to enhance well-being and happiness. Overall, I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato: Or...I Should Have Stuck With the Twist has been narrated with a chatty and vibrant tone that delivers a heartwarming reading experience. Readers will find themselves letting out a laugh or a giggle throughout the book.
Quill says: I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato: Or...I Should Have Stuck With the Twist’s crowning stroke is the author's ability to see everything in his life with mirth and adoration. The read will most indubitably invigorate and lift moods.
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