On Top of The World by David Lamb #Review
Posted by brriske
2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book Awards. FROM THE FUNNY AND NATURALLY BRILLIANT DAVID LAMB, award-winning playwright of the New York Times celebrated play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Dickens’ classic tale that perfectly combines humor and romance in a story re-imagined for our digital, consumerist age. This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you’ve come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is music’s biggest superstar, with one hundred million albums sold, fifteen million devoted YouTube subscribers, two and a half million Facebook likes, and twenty-five million fanatical Twitter followers known as Scroojites. Belle, is a legal shark who gulps down her opposition voraciously and whose beauty and stunning figure causes traffic accidents as she zips through the sidewalks of Manhattan stylishly adorned and taking no prisoners. They never imagined being music’s most powerful couple, but that’s exactly what happened when Belle fell head over heels and gave the Coke-bottle glasses wearing, plaid and stripe attired, scrawny, biggest nerd on her college campus the ultimate makeover, turning him into a fashion impresario whose style sets trends from Milan to NY Fashion Week and who can be seen courtside at the NBA Finals sporting a perfectly-fitted cashmere suit. Then it happens. Belle realizes too late that she’s created a chart-topping monster as Scrooje’s ego explodes and he starts acting a fool. Now, it’s been three years since they ve spoken. But tonight at Hollywood s biggest red carpet event, with the whole world watching, they’ll be given a second chance. Will Scrooje listen to the ghostly-advice of Marley, his best friend since the fourth grade, who at the time of his untimely drowning at his Brazilian poolside birthday bash was as big a star as Scrooje? Will Scrooje finally do right by his number one artist, Cratchit, a genius comedian, who Scrooje invariably rip offs every chance he gets? And with twenty-five million viewers tuned in will Scrooje finally shed his ego, jeopardize his image and declare his love for Belle, the one he betrayed and let slip away? Second chances don’t often come around. Will Belle even give him a chance? Mixing heart, soul, bling and romance in a fresh, original satire about race, class and celebrity worship Lamb establishes himself as one of the most talented and amazing writers today. And leaves no doubt that the Pacific Book Awards chose wisely when they selected It’s Good To Be King as the year’s Best Fiction.
I read. A lot. Through my college career as an English major, I read a lot of classic literature. As a Librarian, I help connect readers to works that suit their interests. As a reader, I absolutely love when entertaining stories pay homage to classic works, especially when the author stays true to the source material. David Lamb’s On Top of the World draws heavily from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, which is one of my all-time faves. Mr. Lamb puts his own spin on the story by bringing it to the modern era and making Scrooge (spelled “Scrooje”) a big-shot music producer with a habit of taking advantage of the musicians in his stable. Like Dickens’ Scrooge, Scrooje is visited by his deceased partner, Marley, who warns Scrooje about the impending visit from three spirits.
What earned the book a four out of five rating was the back-and-forth narrators. Every time the narrator changed, it took me a paragraph or two to realize that it had switched, and to whom. The “voices” of the characters was just not strong enough, for me, to be able to more readily determine who was narrating. Beyond that, the story was very entertaining and there is very little in the book that is inappropriate for younger audiences. I would say that it would be best enjoyed by readers 16+.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock