Going Nowhere Faster
Stan Smith’s (yes, like the tennis shoe) greatest ambition is to write a script. However, he believes that all of his ideas are full of clichés. His psychologist says he suffers from creative stifling, though it may be because his whole life sounds like a movie. His mom is possibly the healthiest person in the town, running a natural and organic food store. His father is an inventor, and besides building their house (on a slant, mind you) his inventions include cars that run on vegetable oil, talking showers, and automatic sheet changers.
Stan himself is a list man. With every event that comes up, he writes a list. ‘Five reasons not to leave,’ ‘five things that Keith is bigger than,’ and well… you get the idea. He has a not so secret crush on a girl named Eleanor Rigby (yes, like the Beatles song), and did I mention that someone is out to get him?
Sean Beaudoin’s Going Nowhere Faster was an interesting surprise, to say the least. Since I pride myself on being able to figure out what is going to happen in a novel before it does, I was impressed that the author was able to keep me wondering until the end. I really enjoyed being able to read Stan’s cliché-filled, not so original screenplay ideas that just do happened to include what was happening in his life.