Synopses & Reviews
Based on the wildly popular Twitter feed, a roman à clef about how thinking like a couple of girls turned one single guy into a better man.
After growing up in a loving family of predominantly women, Charlie McDowell thought he understood the female gender. But after being unceremoniously dumped by the girl he was certain was "the one," he hit rock bottom. Charlie was curled in a fetal position on his couch when he overheard a conversation between his new, way-too-loud upstairs neighbors--two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties--for the first time. When his attempts to get them to quiet down failed, Charlie started paying attention to their conversations--which were not only amusing but also offered him access to a completely uncensored woman's perspective on the world.
As Charlie rebuilds his life as a single guy, he puts the wisdom of the girls above him to the test. From the importance of Google-stalking potential girlfriends and how a guy can pull off pastel, to the best way to get out of anything on a date (fake a phone call about a family death) and the location of the g-spot, the girls get Charlie into trouble, but they also get him out of it--without ever having a clue of their impact on him.
"McDowell tells the story behind his popular twitter feed where he shares the inane conversations he overhears from the two vapid 'Kardashian wannabes' that live in the apartment upstairs. He includes hilarious examples of their dialogue including thoughts on Suri Cruise's outfits, friendship, dating, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The heart of this memoir, however, is McDowell's recovery from a devastating breakup and how the girls unwittingly help and occasionally hinder him. Their voices are his constant companion in a time of loneliness but their frank discussions of duping men make him paranoid. As McDowell starts dating again, the girls chatter goes from 'nuisance to crucial' but he suffers a setback when his date catches him buying condoms right before picking her up. McDowell also covers his 'super-fabulous' roommate Pat as well as events from his childhood like accidentally stumbling upon his mother, actress Mary Steenburgen, (his father is British actor Malcom McDowell, best known for his role in A Clockwork Orange) in a nude scene on a televised broadcast of Melvin and Howard. The final act contains an unbelievably apt and funny metaphor that alone makes this book worth reading. Anyone familiar with heartbreak will find themselves cheering McDowell on through his journey, but you might find yourself surprised to be rooting for the girls upstairs as well. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
is a filmmaker and comedy writer. He made his directorial debut in 2014 with The One I Love
, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss. He studied directing at the American Film Institute and owns his own production company, Cloudbreak Productions.