Eveyone in L.A. is an . . .

Everyone in L.A. is an Asshole: Book 01 by Sarah Fuller

Everyone in L.A. is an Asshole . . . except Ellen Degeneres. So writes Sarah Fuller in her humorous work of fiction that revolves around a character also named Sarah. She tells a quick story in her first person narrative that shows how Ellen goes against her thesis. It was a great scene.

At one point in the story, Sarah finds a wallet and is determined to return it to its rightful owner. Her daughter doesn’t quite understand why she would go out of her way, and risk them being late, to do so. She tries her best to explain. She says . . .

‘There’s a law that operates in the universe . . . It’s called the tenfold law. Whatever you do, good or bad, comes back to you tenfold.’

Her child didn’t quite believe this. ‘How can you know for certain that if you do good or bad, it will come back to you?,” she said.

Later that day, her daughter found a ten-dollar bill folded up on the ground. ‘Oh, Mommy. I get it! ‘Tenfold’! It really is true. The universe really does reward good behavior.’

I was suddenly speechless. She was right! I could have tried a hundred different ways to convince my child that karma was real and operating in her life, but in a single beautiful and magical act, the universe did it for me.

The teacher in me loved that passage. It’s great when life can help teach our children lessons. We just need to be open to these moments and roll with them. Such great parenting!

I’ll leave you with another passage about the power of libraries.

“I tried to look at this from my profession as an author. Libraries get my books to readers, but I don’t make as much as an author. However, I don’t need to make a dollar off every book I sell. Scoring the loyalty of the reader is much more valuable. And also, I’m a firm believer in doing what’s right because it’s the correct thing to do, not to get some reward. Having libraries doesn’t just make sense to the Earth, which is wrestling with all our over-consumption, but also makes sense to the community, which needs books from all avenues: ebooks, paperbacks, used paperbacks, and audio. Libraries enrich communities, and more than once, I’ve been been known to leave me paperbacks on the shelves of one of these institutions, hoping it would make it into the rotation of books checked out by readers. I figure my books are like crack. Get them hooked on the first one, and you’ve got them for life. Yes, I’m a drug dealer.”

This was quite an enjoyable read. I laughed out loud several times and shared many of those scenes with my wife. We often don’t often have the same taste when it comes to reading, but she said she just might give this one a try. I hope I didn’t spoil too much of it for her.

My only complaint about the story is that is just seems to end. I would have liked to have seen things wrapped up in some fashion. There is a second book in this series. Perhaps it has a complete ending. I just might have to read it to find out.

Another confusing thing was the list of books by Sarah Noffke at the end of the book. I tried to figure out who the three Sarahs were. Apparently the two authors are one in the same. And the character Sarah, is just a character, right?

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