Love Monkey (Hardcover)

By Kyle Smith

William Morrow, 9780060574536, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2004



Many men aim high; Tom Farrell dares to be average. While his friends accumulate wedding rings, mortgages, and even, alarmingly, babies, Tom still lives alone in his rented apartment with nothing but condiments and alcohol in his refrigerator. He spends Saturday mornings watching cartoons and eating Cocoa Puffs out of an Empire Strikes Back bowl, and devotes the rest of the weekend to his other favorite hobbies: sports and girls. His credo, to think and act like a thirteen-year-old boy at all times, has worked well enough to land him a decent job writing headlines for the New York Tabloid. But neither his personal life nor his professional life has any forward momentum; he's occupied the same cubicle since the first George Bush was president and is currently "between girlfriends." At thirty-two, it starts to occur to him: There's a fine line between picky and loser.

Enter a sly, beautiful coworker named Julia. After a few torrid dates, Tom is hooked. "She's like cleaning behind my refrigerator. A once-in-a-lifetime thing." But the closer he gets to Julia, the more elusive she becomes. Frustrated, Tom seeks the dubious advice of his buddy Shooter, a shallow sexual gladiator, and wonders why he keeps getting into arguments with Bran, his smart, sarcastic "default date." But then tragedy strikes, and everyone's attitudes toward life and love change -- and even Tom begins to see himself in a new light.

By turns riotous and tenderhearted, Kyle Smith's Love Monkey is the most candid and excruciatingly funny exploration of the male mind and libido since High Fidelity.

Praise For Love Monkey

“Deeply hilarious and incriminatingly insightful....literary junk food for the Hungry-Man soul.”
-Los Angeles Times

“I laughed....I must confess to being a sucker for Smith’s brand of cheeky humor.”
-Baltimore Sun

“Hilarious...refreshing.... A helluva lot of fun.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Cleverly, breathlessly written, with laughs on every page....A worthy debut.”
-Miami Herald

“Love Monkey nails it!”
-Time Magazine

“The American answer to Nick Hornby...a cheeky, ribald, riotous page-turner.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“An instant classic .... gives women the one thing they almost never get from men—the truth.”
-Marian Keyes

“Very funny and the writing is superb. Kyle Smith is fearsomely talented.”
-Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It

“An anatomy chart of the male psyche, root, a deep yearning for romantic love.”
-Meghan Daum, author of The Quality of Life Report

“Funny ... entertaining ... dashed with a pleasing amount of malice.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Devilishly hilarious ... An amusing and endearing portrait of a near-loser about to blossom into a truly cool guy.”

“This is the funniest book I’ve read all year. ”
-Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

“Readers [will] soon realize that everything he thinks and almost everything he says is either perfectly perceptive or wryly amusing.”
-Daily News

“An exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Fast-paced and witty [with] laugh-out-loud moments … A novel that’s worth checking out.”
-Romantic Times BOOKclub

“Wickedly wry....Move over, Carrie Bradshaw.”
-New York Sun

“The American answer to HIGH FIDELITY.”

“LOVE MONKEY ... resurrects and updates the Dorothy Parker style of talking about New York ....[Smith’s] ruthless humor knows no bounds.”
-Maureen Corrigan on Fresh Air

“Hilarious ....Very funny and unexpectedly touching ...had [me] laughing out loud for an hour.”
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Somewhere between Nick Hornby...and David Sedaris....A lively, promising debut.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Full of sexy tomfoolery....[Yet] carefully concealed beneath the glittery fun is a novel of craft and purpose.”
-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“[LOVE MONKEY] will no doubt be heralded as the male Bridget Jones.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Screamingly funny.”
-Hartford Courant

“Move over Bridget Jones....Kyle Smith’s LOVE MONKEY is by turns hilarious and touching.”
-Boston Herald

-New York Times

“The male BRIDGET JONES: New York’s most buzzed-about novel.”
-New York Post