Matt Dunn – A Day at the Office

I can’t remember if I’ve read any other Matt Dunn books, but if I did, I’d imagine that I enjoyed them much more than this.

I don’t think it was helped by the fact that the audio book sounded like it was being read by my sat nav, with a spectacular array of terrible accents. It actually made me laugh in places it was just so ridiculous.

Kind of like the storyline to the book. Based around the employees of an office in London, and set on Valentines day, it was full of cringy moments and horrendously predictable. The characters were incredibly stereotyped and annoying, I just wanted to punch most of them.

You’ve got a grown man moping around over a colleague he kissed at the Christmas party who hasn’t mentioned it since, because she’s secretly married and doesn’t want to lead him on, even though she fancies him too. You’ve got the mopey blonde girl who loves shopping and has a massive crush on another colleague, but he’s not interested as he still hasn’t got over his proposal being rejected on valentine’s day three years ago. And then the nervous mid 20’s virgin who hasn’t had any luck with actually dating and is meeting his internet dating site girl for the first time tonight.

Setting the book in an office was pretty odd, since none of the characters seemed to do any work, darting in and out of the office to prepare for Valentine’s Day like it was the end of the world and pulling their hair out because it didn’t seem like it was going to be perfect.

And we go through miscommunication after miscommunication all the while just wanting to scream at these people that THERE’S NOTHING THAT SPECIAL ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY!! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t cop off with someone just because everyone says you should.

As you can probably tell, I really didn’t like this book. I don’t know if I’ve been spoilt recently with the fantasy books I’ve been reading, but I just found this too predictable and the characters so inane that I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy it.


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