Unexpectedly, Milo

Unexpectedly Milo Milo Slade a thirty three year old home healthcare aide is witnessing the rapid dissolution of his three year marriage to a polished high powered attorney named Christine Though Milo doesn t quite
  • Title: Unexpectedly, Milo
  • Author: Matthew Dicks
  • ISBN: 9780307592309
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unexpectedly, Milo
    Milo Slade, a thirty three year old home healthcare aide, is witnessing the rapid dissolution of his three year marriage to a polished, high powered attorney named Christine Though Milo doesn t quite know the root of his marital problems, he inevitably blames himself, or specifically, he faults the demands his obsessive compulsive personality place upon him the needMilo Slade, a thirty three year old home healthcare aide, is witnessing the rapid dissolution of his three year marriage to a polished, high powered attorney named Christine Though Milo doesn t quite know the root of his marital problems, he inevitably blames himself, or specifically, he faults the demands his obsessive compulsive personality place upon him the need to open a jar of Smuckers grape jelly or sing 99 Luftballons in front of an audience, to name just a couple.Yet Christine is still none the wiser about these inexplicable quirks as Milo has painstakingly hidden them from her and everyone else for years No one knows the true and in his mind insidious Milo, and such is the root of his profound loneliness, especially now that he and Christine are living apart during a trial separation.Then one day Milo stumbles across a video camera and tapes, left behind in a park He watches the first tape, which is a heartfelt confessional by a young woman who begins to reveal her secrets, starting small at first, and finally revealing that she blames herself for a tragic death of a friend But not all the details add up and Milo is struck with the urge to free the sweet confessor from her guilt He is, after all, an expert in keeping secrets In typical screwball fashion, Milo sets out on a cross country journey to crack the case, but quickly gets sidetracked as his un ignorable demands call But it is during these si
    Unexpectedly, Milo By Matthew Dicks,

    Unexpectedly, Milo A Novel Dicks, Matthew Aug , Reading a Matthew Dicks novel always proves to be an unadulterated joy, and Unexpectedly, Milo, is no exception Dicks gift lies in his ability to take superficially eccentric characters and dig beneath their peculiarities to develop full bodied, lovable human beings. Unexpectedly, Milo Matthew Dicks Unexpectedly, Milo Filled with humor and sweetness, Unexpectedly, Milo reminds us that happiness can be found in the strangest of places. Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks Unexpectedly Milo was pleasant in an unexpected way While a reader might peruse the synopsis and decide that Milo, a nice normal guy who randomly must open grape jelly jars and sing Luftballoons in German to an audience, is the most unusual interesting character in Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO is a humorous and touching novel about finding oneself, embracing the journey, and, unexpectedly, love. Unexpectedly, Milo A Novel by Matthew Dicks NOOK Book Up to sh backAug , UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO is a humorous and touching novel about finding oneself, embracing the journey, and, unexpectedly, love. Unexpectedly, Milo on Apple Books Aug , Milo is weird, but as he discovers, so is everyone else UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO is a humorous and touching novel about finding oneself, embracing the journey, and, unexpectedly, love PUBLISHERS WEEKLY APR , Unexpectedly, Milo A Novel Walmart Walmart Up to sh backUNEXPECTEDLY, MILO is a humorous and touching novel about finding oneself, embracing the journey, and, unexpectedly, love The author of SOMETHING MISSING returns with another hilarious and sneakily profound tale about a Unexpectedly, Milo eBook by Matthew Dicks But it is during these sidetracks that the true meaning of his adventure takes shape Milo is weird, but as he discovers, so is everyone else UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO is a humorous and touching novel about finding oneself, embracing the journey, and, unexpectedly, love. Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks Audiobook Audible The author of Something Missing returns with another hilarious and sneakily profound tale about a man whose behavior is truly odd, but also oddly relatable Milo Slade, a thirty three year old home healthcare aide, is witnessing the rapid dissolution of his three year marriage to a polished, high powered attorney named Christine. UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO A synopsis Matthew Dicks Since I posted about the sale of my next book, I ve received several requests for a synopsis of the book, from booksellers, friends, relatives and a few complete strangers I adore my agent, Taryn, for many reasons, including her honesty, her unwavering support,

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  • Matthew Dicks

    Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming The Other Mother His novels have been translated into than 25 languages worldwide Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was the 2014 Dolly Gray Award winner and is nominated for a 2017 Nutmeg Award in Connecticut He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks Stones, and Summertime He has written comic books for Double Take comics He is a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in Reader s Digest, The Hartford Courant, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor He was awarded first prize for opinion writing in 2015 by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists When not hunched over a computer screen, Matthew fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a speaking coach, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach, and a Lord of Sealand He has been teaching for 18 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.Matthew is a 30 time Moth StorySLAM champion and four time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast He has also told stories for This American Life, TED, The Colin McEnroe Show, The Story Collider, The Liar Show, Literary Death Match, The Mouth, and many others He has performed in such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Wilbur Theater, The Academy of Music in North Hampton, CT, The Bynam Theater of Pittsburgh, The Bell House in NYC, The Lebanon Opera House, Boston University, and Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT.He is a regular guest on several Slate podcasts, including The Gist, where he teaches storytelling.Matthew is also the co founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England He teaches storytelling and public speaking to individuals, corporations, and school districts around the world He has most recently taught at Yale University, The University of Connecticut Law School, Purdue University, The Connecticut Historical Society, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Miss Porter s School, The Berkshire School, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil Matthew is the creator and co host of Boy vs Girl, a podcast about gender and gender stereotypes Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

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  • I really enjoy the premise and background of Matthew Dicks books that people who are crazy in all kinds of ways are 1 not atypical, 2 endearing and funny, and 3 all around us or are us.This book prompted me to consider over analyze many of my own interesting thoughts and behaviors and the coping strategies that I use successfully and unsuccessfully.Points to ponder from this book Relationships actual vs perceived Honesty with others and with ourselves Rituals imposed vs instinctual Crazy what it [...]


  • 3.75 Stars Unexpectedly Milo was pleasant in an unexpected way While a reader might peruse the synopsis and decide that Milo, a nice normal guy who randomly must open grape jelly jars and sing 99 Luftballoons in German to an audience, is the most unusual interesting character in the book, they would be sorely mistaken If anything, Milo turns out to be one of the least intriguing characters, though not even he realizes it Matthew Dicks has a knack at bringing characters to life even if they re on [...]


  • Wow This book is captivating if you re interested in mental illness This is the first time I ve found a book about a person who is intelligent and functional despite suffering from an obsessive compulsive disorder I found it fascinating and original.Milo hides his disorder from friends, wife, parents, school, job It s very complicated for him His innocent behavior in grade school causes him to be viewed as odd, and teachers and parents are mystified and alarmed He is filled with shame, and as he [...]


  • I really really loved Something Missing, and thought perhaps this would be a sequel, but it s not It s a stand alone about yet another guy Milo of the title with compulsive habits demands These are distracting to him and to me as a reader, and since his meeting the demand e.g opening a jelly jar results in a physical release that s practically sexual, it s uncomfortable to read Milo is supposed to be a good guy, and he certainly is kind to people, but he isn t that likable.I was also uncomfortab [...]


  • Author Matthew Dicks creates another quirky hero in this, his second book Milo has some form of OCD, which he has kept secret from others his entire life Well, at least since he was eight and realized he was different He gets an idea in his head and then pressure builds until he is able to relieve it by acting on his impulse It way be to release the seal on a new jar of Smuckers jelly the 20 oz size , pop open an ice cube tray, bowl a strike or sing karaoke Kind of like how people enjoy popping [...]


  • This is the second book I read by this author and it was just as good as the first I really love books about eccentric people, and he definitely delivers Milo has a weird disorder where he has a compulsion to do certain things, and remains tense until he can do so.ey range from simple like bowling a strike to bizarre singing 99 Luftbaloons in German His marriage to Christine, his wife, is falling apart And he discovers a video confessional left on a park bench by a woman he doesn t know, and he [...]


  • Milo keeps his OCD secret from everyone, even his wife, which might be why they are estranged When he finds a video camera and a bag of tapes that turns out to be the secret video diary of a young woman he decides to watch the tapes only to identify her and return the tapes and camera And the truth he uncovers could set them both free The mental illness of the narrator isn t as great a narrative tool as the imaginary friend was in Dicks book Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, but it keeps the story [...]


  • 3.5 stars I really loved most of the characters Their idiosyncrasies were endearing, especially Milo I probably would have rated this higher, but I found myself bored and skimming on occasion.


  • When I first started this book, I would have given it 2 stars Half way through, it was nudged towards 3, and by the end it was a solid 4 Here s whyI adored the author s first book, Something Missing, and had high expectations for his next book In the beginning however, I found this book confusing and odd Unrelenting demands, Weebles, jelly jars, U boat captains and 99 Luftballons What the hell I felt that the attempt to unsettle and bewilder the reader in the hopes that they would be eager to re [...]


  • I have picked this up and put it down countless times in the years since it was published I LOVED Something Missing, Dicks debut novel So much so that I still recommend it to anyone who s looking for book recommendations Perhaps because I loved Something Missing so, I had a hard time getting into it Once I let that go, I really, really liked Milo Milo has O.C.D that manifests itself in ways that were new to me The things he is driven to do make it both easier on him he s not driven to count his [...]


  • After enjoying Something Missing, the author s first book, I had high hopes for Matthew Dicks s second foray into the mind of a main character who suffers from obsessive compulsive behaviors Unfortunately, however, Unexpectedly Milo did not live up to expectations, lacking the charm of Dicks s debut novel The premise had potential, but fails in the execution Like Something Missing disproportionate amounts of the narrative are dedicated to minute details which is effective in books about OCD and [...]


  • I picked this one up because Daily Candy told me it would make me laugh out loud and never put it down A pretty strong endorsement But I don t remember laughing out loud once and it took me than a week to read which is never a good sign That said, there were some really good things about this one There are some interesting characters that do some not so ordinary things One of my favorites is a main character who only appears on videotape as she confesses to all the terrible things she has done [...]


  • I m really at 3.5 on this one I enjoyed the plot and I found myself really feeling sympathy for Milo even though he s a pretty strange guy All of the cultural references in the book seemed to be snatched out of my own childhood memories so that helped me to enjoy the book too.Still, I m not sure that this story will work for everyone, hence the hedging between 3 and 4 stars.This is my second Matthew Dicks book and while I enjoyed the plot of the first one Something Missing I never warmed up to [...]


  • Matthew Dicks has a gift for creating characters who are endearingly flawed Milo, however, is not one of them He s definitely flawed But, I didn t find him endearing at all I found him weird I found him annoying I, actually, thought he was kind of creepy It wasn t so much his insanely unusual demands that prevented me from liking him It was his dishonesty, his sneaking around and his utter self centeredness Then, there was Emma Thank goodness for Emma.This book has all the usual elements of a Ma [...]


  • Whle I did not fall in love with Milo as I had hoped I would, other characters did elicit strong emotions I strongly disliked Milo s wife, Christine and very much liked well, I won t give it away but I really liked some of the female characters at the end of the book I found Milo s quirks to be a little too offbeat for my liking and sometimes found it distracting but I suppose that OCD is supposed to be distracting and poor Milo was distracted all of the time All in all, it was a good read and I [...]


  • I love this book mainly because I share a similar world view to the main character and therefore, possibly the author Don t know I just found myself nodding in recognition to so many insights dropped throughout this book, and we re never happier than when we re hearing how right we are, right The vide camera confessional is a very interesting premise, and the peek in to the mind of a protagonist with OCD was pretty fascinating I don t know how clinically correct it is, but I m choosing to think [...]


  • Way better than Matthew Dicks first novel Something Missing, but it still misses the mark in several key places At least with this novel though, the author has learned that writing than one character makes for a far interesting book, and that dialog and conversations between characters can be useful and engaging Unexpectedly, Milo is a nice enough story, however there are quite few things that feel incomplete, wrong, or just feel like a complete cop out.



  • This book about quirky Milo got better and better as I read I enjoyed the characters, especially Milo s relationship with Emma.



  • Matthew Dicks is my newest favorite author I read Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and then looked for the rest of his books At this time there are four in all The fourth one I read is Unexpectedly, Milo.Dicks seems to specialize i writing about people with very strange quirks, people who find life challenging What Dicks manages to do is to present these characters in a way that, while not being saccharine, renders them human and if not exactly likeable, definitely understandable and eventually th [...]


  • Milo is a thirty plus man with an extreme form of OCD He does not turn lights on and off X number of times a day he does not reclean the toilet bowl several times a day What he does is suffer compulsions The compulsion to unscrew a jam jelly jar to hear the plop when the seal goes to score a strike at a bowling alley even at 3.00 am to sing 99 Red Balloons in the original German And he s unhappily married or at least his wife of three years is he wonders why she keeps asking for space.Whilst rea [...]


  • I ve now read all four of Matthew Dicks novels, and I ve found all of them truly evocative He is particularly drawn to characters with OCD, which makes some of the stories a little odd, but that also seems to make them interesting, and compelling I found this one difficult to get into, as I felt reluctant to delve deeper, but as I kept going, I found myself enjoying it I will keep an eye out for of Mr Dicks work, as it becomes available.


  • Unexpectedly, Milo is about a thirty three year old man who has always lead a double life hiding the odd compulsions that drive his thoughts, clandestine actions and his true self from everyone he has ever known Mathew Dicks is fast becoming one of my all time favorite authors with his humorous, touching, page turning novels filled with characters you can t help but cheer for.


  • I enjoyed this story about a guy named Milo who suffers from OCD yet has managed to keep all of his urges a secret from everyone in his life, including his wife Things begin to change for him when he finds a video camera and a bag of tapes left in the Park.


  • I like how it ends Oddness is OK, and Milo is proof A warm hearted story that fits the season with humor and good feelings An easy read, worth the time.


  • Laugh out loud funnyMilo is a real piece of workd in the most entertaining way The novel is a trip in ways than one.



  • My third time through with Matthew Dicks and this book did not disappoint Going along with the theme in the other 2 Something Missing and Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend , the character at the heart of the story is one who suffers from a peculiar mental disorder which causes him to succumb to some odd compulsions, such as the need to bowl a strike, open jars of jelly the pop of the jar opening soothes him , and sing Karaoke to the 1980 s hit 99 Luftballons in the original German Milo s demands ar [...]


  • mariesbookgarden This was another scan the library bookshelves find, a quirky story about a thirtysomething man Milo Slade who has an unususal form of obsessive compulsive disorder It manifests itself in making strange demands on his brain and taking over his life until he satisfies them For example, a word will pop into his head and his obsession will not go away until someone spontaneously says this word Or he will suddenly have the need to pop the seals on grape jelly jars, bowl a strike, see [...]


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