Friday, July 17, 2015

Textastrophe: A Collection of Hilariously Catastrophic Text Pranks - Matt Andrews

Summary:  Once upon a time, prank phone calls were the best way to procrastinate, but in 2015, they’re so passé. Instead, Matt Andrews has mastered the art of prank texting. What happens when you offer to barter two sub-sandwiches for a used motorcycle? Who do you call when you want to build a mysterious man cave in your basement? What do you do if you need a knight in shining armor to deliver you to your high school reunion? If you've ever left a "contact me" pull-tab at your local grocery or posted an ad on Craigslist and received insane and unbelievable text messages in response, Andrews is very likely to blame. We'd be mad at him if we could stop laughing long enough to hit "send" on the exceptionally witty come back we thought of...too bad he's already moved on to his next target and deleted us from his phone, now only to be remembered in these pages of his laugh-out-loud funny book. (Summary and image from goodreads.  I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)

My Review: Were you a prank caller?  Are you a pill?  Do you just love getting someone's goat?  How about having a good-humored laugh with people getting pranked?  This might be the book for you.

I'm sure that you've seen those prank emails that sometimes float across your tumblr page or your Facebook feed.  The one my husband remembered seeing is the kid texting the cleaning lady to come help him clean an utterly demolished and vandalized house.  Matt Andrews is the genius behind that gag.  What else was he to do as a bored cell-phone salesman with a display case of untraceable phones all day?

I have yet to learn my lesson that books like this are best enjoyed one snippet at a time.  However, I tip my hat to Andrews.  He's a pill, but he's a very creative one.  Most of his texts were hilariously executed, but one or two I found simply cruel, crude, or unimaginative.  You can't please everyone.  For those that were funny, I can't fathom how he thought up the gags and kept them going for so long.  

My Rating:  Three Stars

For the Sensitive Reader: There is some foul language (okay, quite a bit of it.  People get testy when they figure out they're being had.), some phallic images covertly used as "advertising" for various "businesses", and I felt a little embarrassed for the prankees at times.

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