A Lot of Life

is winning it all worth losing everything

Fiction - General
175 Pages
Reviewed on 09/26/2014
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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

In A Lot of Life by Kyle Mathis, we learn that Caleb Aston spends his weekends watching movies like “Zoolander” or “Pulp Fiction,” followed by three tequila shots and a beer chaser. It’s been that way for a long time. The 30-year-old accountant lives in a dump apartment. His girlfriend, Dominique, is a highly functioning alcoholic and his boss is a guy named Beak who repeats dumb stories. Furthermore, his best friends, Matt and Brian, live in a trailer on a golf course. But then a miracle happens: Caleb gazes toward the sky and whispers “Help” and assistance arrives – $224 million in lottery winnings. He quits his crap job, shops at Nordstrom’s and purchases a Ferrari. It’s just like he always dreamed. But Caleb learns that he should be careful about what he wishes for.

A Lot of Life was a one-of-a-kind work of fiction. This page turner was fast paced with perfect tension. Details were exquisitely rich, e.g. Brian’s quasi-Spanish accent, coffee stains on paper stack, tiny skulls on Dominique’s shoes, etc. The hilarious dialogue was surprising and kept me laughing. The use of profanity fueled the testosterone-induced, average Joe tone. Excellent back story – loved Carrie Phelps and Caleb’s childhood angst. The plot was great with genuine characters -- Delaney, Dominique, Beak, Matt and Brian showcased Kyle Mathis’s literary style and penchant for fiction. A Lot of Life is highly recommended.

Faridah Nassozi

After a fight with his nagging girlfriend, Caleb had spent the previous night away from his apartment, thinking about his pathetic life and feeling sorry for himself. In the morning he returned home and found her gone, out of his life. Maybe this was the first step to the change he needed to make in his life. Then his life took a complete 180 turn when he won a huge lottery. Imagine going from being so broke you are not even sure you will be able to have food on the table and pay your rent to being a multimillionaire. Thanks to the lottery gods, Caleb could now afford a his dream Ferrari, have a fancy house on the beach and any girl he wanted. But how much will all this money change him and how will it affect his relationships with those around him.

If you thought life was hard when you were broke and could hardly pay your bills, try winning a 224 million dollar lottery. Then hell will break loose for real. A Lot Of Life: Is Winning It All Worth Losing Everything by Kyle Mathis shows you what it feels like to be an overnight multimillionaire and how, if not handled well, this new found wealth can affect your life. Having too much money can mess you up worse than being broke ever did. So what is more important? To be filthy rich and alone or broke but with good friends and family that care? The story teaches you how to appreciate the little things in life that actually matter, the small things that money cannot buy but make life worth living.

Eileen Johnson

As A Lot of Life: Is Winning it all Worth Losing Everything by Kyle Mathis opens, we meet protagonist Caleb -- a down-on-his-luck thirty-something. He lives in a shabby apartment with a girlfriend, Dominique, who unceremoniously leaves him within the first few pages of the book. Caleb is stuck in a job he does not like but has to keep because he is living from paycheck to paycheck. He is literally down to the last dollar in his wallet and down to his last scrap of dignity. What Caleb DOES have are good friends Matt and Brian, and an immediate family with 100-year-old Grammy who really cares for him. Feeling sorry for himself, Caleb spends his last dollar on a lottery ticket. After partying with his friends, he wakes up the next morning, having won a quarter of a billion dollars!

What happens next in A Lot of Life is fairly predictable as Caleb does what most of us would do...he starts spending money and living the life of the very rich. New "friends" begin to attach themselves to him as old friends and family are ignored. Although none of the events in the book come as a surprise, Kyle Mathis tells the story in an engaging and entertaining way. We feel sorry for and angry at Caleb for the way he acts, but we also understand that his actions make sense in a perverted way. It is fun to watch Mathis develop the character and work through the plot. A Lot of Life: Is Winning it all Worth Losing Everything is a good read!