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Head Case (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jennifer Oko

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As one reviewer states: "HEAD CASE is an enjoyable gem of a mystery, and more...There are drug-dealing grannies, pill-popping celebrities, Russian mob bosses, eccentric ex-Soviet chemists, feuding roommates, faltering friendships, bad bosses and a rat named Raskolnikov - so how can you not have fun?"

HEAD CASE is a new, exciting and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny mystery from an author whose work has been called "SIMPLY RIVETING" by The New York Times and "SHARP AND FAST-PACED" by Publisher's Weekly. It's like Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones meets Carl Hiaasen's Nature Girl (with a dash of Janet Evanovich's One for the Money) as Olivia embarks on a postmortem quest to deconstruct the remarkable events that lead up to her mind-altering death.

A comic satire of the influence of the psychopharmaceutical industry on American life, HEAD CASE takes Olivia and her estranged friend and roommate Polly Warner on a collision course involving ethically challenged executives, spotlight-hungry celebrities, third-rate mobsters and drug-dealing babushkas. A smart and savvy page-turner, HEAD CASE explores the meaning of personal relationships, emotional intelligence, and mental health while taking the reader on a synapse-stirring, neurotransmitting rollicking ride.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1160 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 235 pages
  • Editeur : Jennifer Oko (6 février 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00AR3H8BY
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Amazon.com: 4.2 étoiles sur 5  56 commentaires
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One one more thing... 11 janvier 2013
Par Jennifer Elizabeth Hyndman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
...without repeating any of the reviews above, let me add to them. I started off with this book having a preconceived idea about what it was going to be about. Let me tell you that from three pages in I had already done a mental double-take multiple times. That is when you just say, "Whaaaat...?"

And it was an idea that I have never read before. The closest storyline would be Memento and that was a crazy, wild and fun story. THIS...oh my. Oh oh oh my. All I can say is that if you don't put ALL YOUR OTHER BOOKS AWAY and read just the FIRST chapter you are NUTS; you will find yourself going and going and I will just say it now --your welcome!

This is the most fun I have had reading in a long time. It is a FUN and unique read. Its a strange book in that its such a light read but with dark undertones that make it delicious. I loved this. Highly recommend.
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Head Case is an enjoyable gem of a mystery, and more. 19 janvier 2013
Par Dan McGirt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Head Case is an enjoyable gem of a mystery, and more. Our narrator, Olivia Zack, starts the book dead and things go backwards from there. Olivia takes us hopping and skipping through time as she gradually unravels how she came to be no longer eligible for the census. She relives all the mistakes she made along the way in true neurotic New York girl fashion and brings us along for the ride. There are drug-dealing grannies, pill-popping celebrities, Russian mob bosses, eccentric ex-Soviet chemists, feuding roommates, faltering friendships, bad bosses and a rat named Raskolnikov – so how can you not have fun?

Olivia is a likeable and appealingly flawed character -- the whole story hinges on her flaws, really. She is witty and, if not wise, a touch more perceptive and self-aware in death than she was in life. This is apparently a perk of being dead and it adds an extra layer of goodness to the book – you experience still-alive Olivia alongside post-mortem Olivia providing DVD commentary track about her past actions. It is deftly done.

Head Case also takes satirical aim at the aforementioned celebrities, as well as drug companies, the news media, and our over-medicated society with a pill for everything. The notion that, of course, everyone is in therapy and, of course, everyone pops a pharmacopeia of mood-altering pills to get through the day the way Olivia and her friends do is puzzling to me, but the author makes both the good and bad of that way of being relatable even to readers who live lives unmediated by anything stronger than caffeine.

Head Case thus raises some important questions about how we maintain the integrity of our identities in a culture that seeks to pathologize, homogenize and commodify us. Not in a portentous way – this book is more contemporary comedy of manners than “book with a message” – but the theme is there, interlaced with the action, and it is worth pondering.

Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

Bottom line, Head Case is a funny, well-written, and entertaining book.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better living through chemistry? 30 décembre 2012
Par Katherine Brichto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Satirical and witty, Head Case engages the reader in a fast-paced adventure of two NYC
friends who wade into questionable waters, exchanging prescription drugs with pill popping
celebrities for a touch of their glamor. The girls' misstep quickly becomes a tidal morass beyond
their control, eroding what had been an inseparable bond. As the vortex churns, the protagonist,
an aspiring neuro-chemist, strains from the grave to piece together the mystery of her own murder
as well as the mistakes that unglued a close friendship.
In a style reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen, the tiers of culpability expand from that of a misunderstood
Brooklyn family of Russian immigrants, to their local mafia boss, to the greedy aspirations of a middle
management sales rep and finally, up to the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, desperate to keep his
malevolent empire intact.
Head Case is well-written and fast-paced, the kind of read that makes you less resentful of late night insomnia.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too Much Like Brussels sprouts 2 avril 2013
Par Musings & Ramblings - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This review is for the book Head Case by Jennifer Oko. We are introduced to Olivia Zack right after her death. And in a series of flashbacks and current scenes she explains the events, decisions and reasons that lead up to her death. It is an unlikely tale, dealing with superstars, Russian Mobsters, and pharmaceutical companies. Olivia sets up each scene and provides a running commentary on where things went right or wrong and why things happened the way they did.

I went into this book wanting to like it. After all, a ghost is basically solving her own murder. Perfect mix of paranormal and mystery, right? Eh, not so much. The story is told mostly from Olivia and her best-friend/roommate Polly, who is a celebrity publicist. While Olivia flips back and forth between current events and the events that led up to her death, she gives us a running commentary on what and why stuff is happening. I was not a big fan of this. But then, I can not stand the commentary on a DVD either. Who in their right mind could enjoy a movie (or in this case book) with someone talking over all the action and dialogue and basically ruining the feeling of immersing yourself in the story. Not me anyway. I have never really understood the concept of "telling" a story versus "showing" a story, but this one felt very "tell"-y.

Another problem I had was connecting with the characters. I never felt any real connection with them. To be quite honest, I really didn't care that she was dead. Awful, right? I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't like them, but there it is. They just seemed like spoiled, little rich girls who were so used to doing what they wanted and disregarding the consequences. In a lot of instances, I felt they really deserved what happened to them.

Overall, I just couldn't get into the book and lose myself in the story. It felt too much like a Brussels sprouts story, you know, one that is good for you, but just doesn't taste all that great. But that could just be me, after all, some people actually like Brussels sprouts. Anyway, I only gave it 2 stars on Goodreads.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 HEAD CASE will linger in your mind well after you've closed the book 19 juin 2013
Par Maria Catalina Egan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The clever perspective chosen by Jennifer Oko leads the reader through a fantastic story-line. The voice of the ghost is as human as it is ethereal, giving the reader a broad and unique POV. It takes a lot of courage to step out of the box, which this author did magnificently.
In today's world where the search for the magic pill to solve it all invades our homes through TV commercials and magazine adverts the book is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.
Ms. Oko should be very proud and I am happy to give the book a most deserved 5 star rating.
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