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Publication Date: 2009
Arranged in chapters by days of the week, the story is told from Russells first-person, present perspective. Sentences and paragraphs have an easily readable rhythm that adds to the witty, whimsical texture of the novel. Russells relationships with almost all the other characters are packed with baggage (and some blessings) from the past. Throughout the novel, some relationships are severed, others grow, and new ones are created. Russell learns a lot about people and how to interact with them.
Russell Finks problems begin with a questionable mole that his doctor wants to remove. Soon, he is investigating his dogs murder and the threatening calls being made to his family. New twists and troublesome circumstances keep the mystery snowballing until it becomes a giant mess. With the help of his friends, Russell is eventually able to find the truth and sort out the chaos in his life. In the meantime, he gets kicked out of his parents house and starts to room with a heat-loving inventor, where he works diligently to keep from getting fired. He also deals with his past, faces his angry ex-fiancé, and realizes he is really in love with someone else.
Russell Fink has a quirky, witty sense of humor, and likes to make people laugh, which adds much to his storytelling ability. He is a likable, realistic character, but is often insecure, because he tends to blame and pity himself much more than necessary. Throughout the story, Russell becomes more insightful about himself and those around him, which causes a positive transformation. By the end of the novel, Russell is a much more confident man. The members of Russells dysfunctional family add a lot of drama to his life, but they are a part of who he is, and their broken relationships are able to be restored. Apart from his family, Russell has other, unique acquaintances who add to the humor and disaster in his life. Russells friend from college, Geri, and her cousin, Dan, are Russells most reliable and helpful friends, but even they have quirks and secrets.
My Name Is Russell Fink is hilarious, entertaining, inspiring and even heart-warming. Snyder brings to the table a bold, intriguing, yet mostly light-hearted, page-turner that readers wont be able to put down. Readers, young and old, male and female, will greatly enjoy this wacky tale. Once they get a taste, they wont be able to get enough of Russell Fink. -- Laura A. Coulter, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com