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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.