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"Isn’t It Pretty To Think So?" is a contemporary, coming-of-age tale by first-time novelist Nick Miller.Set in Los Angeles, the novel follows Jake Reed, a world-weary recent college graduate struggling to find use for his liberal arts degree amidst a waning workforce. He eventually lands a job in real estates as a "Social Media Manager," a role that requires the mindless p"Isn’t It Pretty To Think So?" is a contemporary, coming-of-age tale by first-time novelist Nick Miller.Set in Los Angeles, the novel follows Jake Reed, a world-weary recent college graduate struggling to find use for his liberal arts degree amidst a waning workforce. He eventually lands a job in real estates as a "Social Media Manager," a role that requires the mindless pursuit of likes, tweets, and hits.After a death in the family and a surprise inheritance, Jake quits his job and meanders through lonely hotel rooms, quiet beach towns, and then, in a dramatic shift, stations himself in West Hollywood where disillusioned twenty-somethings lose themselves in the madness of drugs and sex. It is here that the only proof of memories is found in filtered photographs posted online from the night before.Miller captures the angst, restlessness, and spirit of the Millennial Generation — a group mindlessly charging through the recession during a time when the line between existence in the physical and digital world is blurred. The novel provides a fascinating, grim, and often times humorous portrayal of the lifestyle that represents our contemporary youth....

Title : isn t it pretty to think so
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ISBN : 15784157
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Number of Pages : 390 Pages
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isn t it pretty to think so Reviews

  • Lynne
    2019-05-12 01:17

    2.5 starsJust because your protagonist listens to obscure indie music artists, just because he references classic authors and their books, just because you use a metaphoric phrase from Hemingway as your book title, just because you write a story that is about love and loss and finding oneself, AND, just because you have a sad ending, doesn't make you--or your book--all deep and literary and shit.Because when you put four similes in one long run-on sentence, and your similes are along the lines of women surrounding some celebrity in a bar "like beads of sweat on a forearm in a sauna" or some such eye-rolling nonsense, you cannot put yourself in the pantheon with Coelho or Garcia Marquez or any of those authors your protagonist, an aspiring writer, cites in your book.This book had some lovely moments. I liked the phrase "weighted warmth" until it got used a second, third and fourth time. As another example, the scene with the camera phone where Jake's girl of the week takes a photo of the sunset from his balcony and uses an app on her phone to enhance the colors, causing Jake disappointment with the real sunset outside. Unfortunately moments like this were too few and too far between to redeem the purple prose and the lack of judicious editing. This book could have been half its length. I've read some reviewers making comparisons with Catcher in the Rye. Both protagonists are whingey and angsty, but Holden is only 17; Jake, six years older and a college graduate, should be at least beginning to get over himself by now. He doesn't seem to have learned much about life or himself in college. Also, there's some weird pacing and exposition. How the hell does he not notice Tatiana's scars before she tells him about the abuse in her past?I should have felt some pain from Jake, but I just couldn't. All I could think was "More coke? Boinking another brainless ditz? Stoopid bastard." Henry was awesome, though.

  • Lainie
    2019-05-24 22:21

    Author Nick Miller is very talented at social media. I bought this book because he friended me on Goodreads and I wanted to give this young writer a try. I read that others found the book because of a random post on tumblr, or a tweet. So we know that Nick has cracked one of the toughest obstacles for a newly published author: getting on people's radar. But unlike his lead character, Jake, I'll bet he puts in more than an hour a day doing it.Given the high ratings on Goodreads, I special ordered this book from my local independent bookseller and couldn't wait to start it. I found that the writing is unsophisticated and in need of a good editor. He throws in plenty of references to literature and pop culture, so I stayed with it for a while longer to see where it was going. But life is short! And there are many good books waiting next to my bed. So I'm setting this aside. With a good editor and more practice, Nick Miller may develop into a novelist of note. Later. If you're less of a lit snob than I (if your threshold for cliches and layered adjectives and frequent use of unoriginal similes is higher than mine), and if you enjoy contemporary coming-of-age novels that require you to care about privileged twenty somethings spinning their wheels, you might like this novel. I don't really care how it ends.Oh, and the custom cover on the trade paperback edition is really lovely. Ink and watercolor wash, I think.

  • Steph
    2019-05-14 22:18

    I gave up on this book. I thought I could hold out to the end, but the ebook version had a weird page numbering that made me think I had 995 pages total to read. After I made it over 450 of those, I decided I couldn't take it anymore. I do not find this to be an accurate version of the younger generation. The obsession with cellphones and Facebook is exaggerated greatly. Beyond that, and the fact that I found the protagonist's lack of motivation aggravating, the final straw for me was once I reached the fourth instance in which women were badly characterized, just conquests, or just plain crazy. If a woman isn't sleeping with Jake, she doesn't exist in this book (at least to the point I read it), unless she's his mom or dead grandmother. I might circle back around to this, but I just couldn't take it anymore. I in no way identified with any of the characters in this book. In fact, I felt bad for just about everyone that interacted with just about anyone else in the book.

  • Jenbebookish
    2019-05-12 23:10

    I actually struggled a little bit with my feelings about this book. I'm not going to lie, I had to give myself a little pep talk before I even started it. Because I went to hs with this guy, and actually remember seeing him--I have a clear memory of him in a red polo and the blue uniform shorts the guy's had at our school. So because I remember him, and because he's a young writer in general and nothing so great and amazing to me as a young writer, I knew that I really really wanted to like the book and that I might have a biased opinion. I didn't want to forgive it any large flaws, or like it just to like it. I wanted to literally like it. Technically like it. Seriously actually like it.And I did, I did!!But I don't really know how to review it. Hard to even describe the plot. Suffice it to say, it was the story of the life of a twenty something living in LA. And that in itself might not be so great, not like it hasn't been done before...think Brett Easton Ellis, who I don't even like. It's the fact that it's so so right on. The feeling of feeling isolated and alone, the activities in general, the streets... the drugs. All that shit. It made me wonder, does everyone feel and experience exactly the same thing living in LA? I guess I'm not that special after all. But whatever. Nick Miller pegged it perfectly. The way you start off virginal, and inexperienced...the way you get thrown into situations you'd never thought you'd be in. The way the drugs just fall into your lap, and eventually you just try them (peer pressure is a real thing. Except it's not all like "Come on, don't you wanna be cool?" or "Come on, everyone is doing it!" The way it's portrayed on the funny flat peopled commercials. It's more like, literally everyone is doing it and in order to seem like one of them, like you're NOT the inexperienced kid you actually are, you pop that pill in your mouth and try and pretend you've done it before, or you do that line, or take that hit.-whatever the drug of choice may be.I read some negative reviews on this book that kinda attacked Miller by saying his partying, sexing, drugging was redundant and they were sick of him being his own worst enemy. But I thought that was the point. Trust me--these people (ill include myself in this group) know they are their own worst enemies. They know, and want to stop but can't and then get even more depressed about it. Being self destructive isn't synonymous with being oblivious. In fact I think these people are the MOST self aware and that's what makes it worse!And now I feel like I'm making a debate for these existential crisisis. I'm not. Ultimately--I just mean to say that I relate. I empathize. And I wonder, how much of this was taken from his life? ( don't readers always wonder that? And don't writers always take from what they know?)I wasn't sure initially how I felt about the constant contemporary references. Facebook. Twitter. Franzen. Portugal the Man. Then after awhile I realized that had they not been there, I wouldn't have related quite as much. Sure, I would recognize the same feelings, the same melancholy mood and depressive tendencies and clearly typical angst. But without all that name dropping I wouldn't have felt like I did; and that's that Isn't It Pretty To Think So? was a page taken right out of my life. And the fact that it was so real, made me think he was honest and the fact that he was honest made me like the book.I guess in life there are two types of people. The people who are just happy. Simple. The kind of people that can let things roll of their back's, can decide what they want to believe instead of being a slave to their actual beliefs that they wish they didn't believe. The kind that can move on easily, and let go. This is probably not a book for them. They will think it is whiny, because they think WE are whiny. And then there are the others. The kind that CAN'T let things roll off their back's, the kind that over analyze and idealize and agonize over lost loves and past mistakes. These people will surely relate to so many aspects of Jake's story. (Is it Jake's story.... Or is it Nick's?) And I hear the former kind of people scoff at the latter kind. "Whiny emo shit" to be exact--a quote from my best guy friend who I admit I love for saying things like that, because I secretly like when people trivialize my pain because it makes me believe them just a lil, that maybe just maybe it's not that big of a deal after all. A word of advice tho, to those happy people. Give the other kind a break. They'd rather be like you, trust me. It reminds me of what Daisy Buchannon says in the Great Gatsby, "That's the best thing in life a girl can be, a beautiful little fool."Some oddities; Jake was a both absurdly lucky and unlucky. Lucky for the $, the way random people reached out (jayson, Parker, stone fox, Henry. I mean how many people extend a hand to a stranger like that? Whether it be a helping hand or hand seeking saving. With some insightful speech or note or rambling sililoqy?) and then unlucky with all the death; the gma, Tatiana. The chick that used him to get her ex boyfriend back. (Something that's embarrassingly familiar to me, I will admit.) And also, Jake sure met a lot of crazy people. (I always ANYONE that ridiculous? I've seen crazy, but so blatantly bizarre? not quite.) The actress. Parker. The Asian DJ roommate.(another question--is anyone THAT obsessed with Facebook? I've yet to see one.) I'm not sure one person could come across so many outrageous people and experiences in such a short lifetime. But maybe they could, who knows Nick Miller could be transcribing straight out of his journal.This book made me cry. It made me angry, and it made me think, and it actually inspired me to try writing something. Isn't that a success in itself? Upon completion, I closed the book and felt I had a bit of a kindred soul in Jake-and thus perhaps with the author himself.-because when I read it, I felt... UNDERSTOOD. You can't make that up unless you've felt something close to that, right? How could one be that exact on a feeling if he hadn't felt it himself? Impossible! Actually, the main point is that I FELT. If that doesn't make the book a success--I don't know what does.He's a young writer. I have faith that his writing will only get better, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

  • Megan
    2019-05-24 18:30

    I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads winner. 'Isn't it Pretty to Think So' was a journey of loneliness, discovery, depression, addiction, love, and loss. It reminded me a lot of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. The book beautifully conveys a generational restlessness and need to connect in a time when young people have merged with technology and fully embraced instant gratification and excess. I particularly loved Jake's time at the mansion in West Hollywood. His experiences there were so tragically raw, so real and so out of control I just couldn't stop reading. The few times he devolved into temporary insanity felt dark, hopeless, and very unpredictable which made for a very engaging read as I had no idea what, if anything, was next for Jake. I felt the losses very deeply, especially the last one and was saddened by the ending. That being said, life is not perfect and I appreciated Miller's honesty in his writing, including and especially in the resolution.

  • Amy Brown
    2019-05-18 18:22

    What a fabulous, thought-provoking book.I haven’t read a fiction book that inspired such a wide range of emotions when reading in such a long time. Nick Miller manages to perfectly capture our generation’s obsession with their online persona (something we’re all guilty of, in one extreme or another) and the unease that we’ve all felt when trying to find ourselves/our path.I have felt very similar to Jake on many occasions and at points it did make me feel depressed to think of life as the same events simply repeated, “Rinse. Repeat. Forever”. Then I realised that it is part of life to feel this way, and to put measures in place to prevent monotony because “Life is too goddamn short to spend one minute of it bored”.Nick Miller, I applaud you, Isn’t it pretty to think so inspired me in a way that Catcher in the Rye never did, despite the protestations of so many that it would “Change your life!” and I would like to think that, perhaps, one day, I will be so inspired as to write my own novel, so that I can give the world something back.Thank you.

  • Federico
    2019-05-01 17:09

    I read this book twice before writing a review. It was really worth it.The overall style is ever so elegant and refined.Jake’s overflowing interior direct monologues get you to relate to him a lot. They also underline the abysmal distance between Jake and what surrounds him. You see the protagonist as a person trying to deal with the world and to live experiences—experiences that you get to live yourself!—, not only as part of the world itself, in my opinion. You can’t help but side with him.The plot is very brilliant too.I’m not going to summarize it, but the themes that emerge from the whole story are classic but never banal.Travel, new friends, adventures, drugs, death, love, literature, change.Every reflection, every though, every speech menages to enlighten you and let you see things from a new standpoint.I was truly impressed by this book and I would strongly recommend it.

  • Ange
    2019-05-19 18:24

    Dear Nick Miller,I just laid your book to rest after reading it over the period of three weeks in the 34th summer of my life. I was inspired to write a review (that is actually a letter to the author) and casting it into the great seas of social media, much as the same way a wistful poet pens his lines on a piece of parchment before stoppering it into a bottle and sending it out to its inevitable destiny. Although at first when I began reading your book, I didn't know what to expect, by the end, I realized that this is pretty much the same crisis that currently plagues the millennial generation. We journey with Jake, who is 23 years old and caught in the "between" phases of his life: dabbler and writer, university and professional career, online personas/representations and intimate relationships founded in reality. This is his "coming of age" tale, like a contemporary post-baccalaureate version of The Catcher in the Rye.Jake has inherited money from his grandmother to allow him the freedom to live the vagabond life of an aspiring writer. The money plays a dual role in this novel: at times it's a savior and at times it's a crutch impeding Jake from progressing. The sex, booze, drugs and literature that cloud and yet illumine his path are all essential for the development of the story and yet at the same time diversions and distractions from the character finding himself.My favorite pieces of this novel were the relationships: the psycho ex-girlfriend, the friend from the "old life," the party people, the retired professor-turned-writing-coach-critic-and-mentor, the anonymous stranger-slash-fangirl, the damsel in distress, and all of the other characters that play parts in this contemporary odyssey of the young man.Wait. I guess I just lied. Because probably, if I'm being honest, I most loved the homage to the books that Jake read in the making of this adventure. The nods to Hemingway, Shakespeare, Faulkner, Plath, etc. remind me why I love to read, why I love to write, why any of us thirst for their words and hunger so badly to sit down before classic typewriters or modern laptops to dare to share the written words, the stories within each and every one of us. The inspiration that I have found in these pages is not only channeling these great authors that have come before us, but reminding me of that calling. Thank you, Sir, for that!So, in conclusion: I'll probably regret my rating of four stars out of five. Because I think this was a pivotal piece of fiction(?) that I will treasure more as the depth and breadth of it has sunk further in. Thank goodness you are out there, Nick Miller. Thank heavens for your gift of words. Thank you for having a Tumblr so that I could find you and relate to you on this even more intimate level. Gratitude for writing this novel that smacks of the best of the old world and dares to venture into the brave new one.Yes. It IS pretty to think so.With deep fondness, Ange

  • Marcellis
    2019-05-17 18:23

    I couldn't get more than a few pages without groaning or rolling my eyes at something. This book is filled with gross exaggerations of the millennial culture. So much so, that the book almost seems a parody of itself.

  • Joseph Molino
    2019-05-05 00:27

    I think I'm gonna have a week long book hang-over on this one.An incredible first novel by Nick Miller. Every word, sentence, paragraph and thought written in this novel has hit me in all the right places.

  • Deo Anunciado
    2019-05-08 19:12

    This is a tremendous first novel and, at least for me, has instantly launched Nick Miller into the rarefied air of great young authors who were able to capture a unique time, place and feelings of a generation of youth.There are two authors who come to mind that compare to this legacy: Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac--writers who wrote their first novels in their 20's, lived in a period of disillusionment and restlessness, were charismatic and good looking and able to write about the unique cultural happenings of their times.Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises and captured what it was like to drink in café's and travel all over Paris and Europe in the 1920's while searching for something to fill up an emptiness that couldn't quite be explained. (The book was responsible for popularizing the term "A Lost Generation"). And Kerouac, too, was like Hemingway: good looking, restless, charismatic and able to capture the changes happening in the youth at the time with On the Road. (It started the Beatnik movement). I'm sure I've missed a few other comparable authors, I haven't read as many books as I've wanted to on my reading list, but, anyway here's my point: Nick is a great writer who has hit the sweet spot of being young enough to be part of a generation that is coming of age in a time of new and unprecedented horizons (social media, smart phones, access to pretty much anything); charismatic enough that people are drawn to his personality and he, in turn, immerses himself in the moment (think `real-life' Hank Moody); and talented enough to write about it in an insightful and highly developed prose.Admittedly, when I first received an advanced copy, I was a little hesitant to start reading because I was afraid I would be disappointed. Nick has gained a huge online following from posting a few excerpts from his then unfinished draft on to his blog. But a novel is a whole different beast from a tumblr, and posting excerpts from an unfinished book can be deceiving: it could have been possible that he was only posting the good parts to an other wise terrible book to his blog in the same way a terrible comedy movie only puts out funniest parts in the trailer. Luckily, that was not the case here. It was to my delight that the book does not disappoint--it is now one of my all time favorites. Taken in its entirety, this novel is in another league from his blog, better than I hoped for and spectacular in delivery.There is something supremely comforting about Nick's writing. While his legacy is of Hemingway--his prose is very much contemporary: rhythmic and organic (think Jeffrey Eugenides or Jennifer Egan) and at times very funny. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the damn thing down! From start to finish, the pages leapt out and wrapped around my mind until I was completely inhibited. I read the book in three days and, during that time, nothing else mattered except that I lived in Nick Miller's Los Angeles. The book's greatest strength, though, is the feelings it gave. If you were born in the 80's, then you will understand what it's like for this generation to come of age in the Aught's: the restlessness, the desire to try everything, to be everywhere, to overindulge in every vice, the nostalgia for our youth, the social media that is used to cultivate narcissism and abate the feelings loneliness.Between all of this, it is also very much a novel about Los Angeles. Through Jake Reed, you'll come to know and even appreciate what LA is like--from the elitism of Orange County (those damn USC kids) to the total vanity and apathy of West Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. This is one of those books that have stayed with me long after I finished. It's been burned in my memory as if I have lived it myself. When I turned the last page, it left me sad because it left me wanting more. More of Nick's writing, more of Jake's life, more of my own life, more of everything.

  • Emma
    2019-05-02 18:16

    Jake Reed is a twenty-year old graduate from Berkley who has been working as a social media representative for a real estate company for the last year. Living with a former classmate in his Grandmother’s condo in Laguna Beach, Jake has aspirations to become a writer and isn’t content with his life. When he finally quits his job, soon afterwards Jake inherits $50,000 dollars from his grandmother and decides to leave Orange County to live a life worth writing about. Jake has hardly ever been to Los Angeles, and starts out by renting an apartment in Manhattan Beach to write. After a few months, he finds himself in West Hollywood, and soon becomes sucked into the world of drugs and partying. Disenchanted with the contemporary way of life and the reliance on technology for happiness, Jake eventually finds himself finding love with someone from the opposite background of himself.With a nice cover, a perfect title and some buzz on tumblr, I was very interested in this book. Isn’t It Pretty To Think So is one of the rare books that I have so many contradictory feelings about. To sum it up, the middle seemed to stretch on forever but the beginning and the ending were very well done. Through a good chunk of the book, specifically when Jake was living in West Hollywood, I wasn’t enjoying it. However, the ending was good enough to just about cancel this out for me. This is Nick Miller’s debut novel, and is a well-written and promising start. It’s a coming of age story about self-discovery and the modern world, from the eyes of a twenty-something who feels frustrated with the fakeness of everything and with the diminishing line between reality and the digital world. Looking through the eyes of Jake, who has things pretty easy for it being a recession, I never felt like this book represented a generation like others claim, but it did provide a thoughtful portrait of the modern world. The stronger points of the novel are the use of language, the metaphors and the beginning and the end. The pacing was flawed, making it a little difficult to keep reading to get to the strong ending. This book really could have been much shorter and I wish there was more focus on Tatiana. Like with the novel as a whole, I had mixed feelings about Jake. At times I could relate to him and found that he was at his best when interacting with others, but at other times his dissatisfaction with his charmed life was annoying, as well as the horrible decisions he makes. As a twenty-something in a digital reliant world during a recession, this was a fitting book for me to read, and as a whole I enjoyed it. If you have aspirations to be a writer, then Isn’t It Pretty To Think So could be a good fit for you. Nick Miller certainly has a way with words, and his first novel is a compelling story. 3.5/5

  • danielle
    2019-05-26 18:15

    Nick Miller followed me on Tumblr one day out of the blue, which introduced me to his writing and his aspirations of publishing a novel. I supported the kickstarter campaign, and before I knew it, Isn't it Pretty to Think So? was sitting on my doorstep. The story and Miller's writing style kept me intrigued- especially from my own position as another disillusioned twenty-something English grad. I definitely empathized with Jake a lot of the time. Jake's frustrations with how our lives and self-worth seem to entirely revolve around social media reflect my own views, and the next time I can't put my phone down, I hope Jake's voice starts chastizing me to pick up a book or something else more meaningful. I also really enjoyed the exaggerated character of Andrew constantly reminding Jake of the life he should have - a good job, a house, and a girlfriend all leading to a 'successful' life. I have those characters in my life as well, and they seem just as oblivious. My one peeve with the novel is that Jake's understandable desire to travel and see something other than his alienating, meaningless OC lifestyle doesn't even lead him outside of his state let alone country. The only time he ever talks about anything outside of California is when he reminisces about 'that one time he studied abroad in Italy'- there is more out there than a single country in Europe. At the end of the novel, Jake is delusional enough to say he and Tatiana were two lost souls who met "somewhere in the middle" which is downright infuriating - she was coerced to immigrate from Ukraine when she was 14 and became a victim of sex trafficking for the next 3 years of her life in a country where she could not even understand the language. Jake, an admittedly self-aware spoiled American went on a quest to find something different and 'real' - but his journey didn't even take him 100 miles from his childhood stomping grounds. Instead, he blows his inheritance money on copious amounts of drugs and pissing his time away in a few Californian towns that don't even seem that different. I came to like Jake too much to respect him for not comprehending how oblivious he was, and I don't have a lot of faith that he made it very far on the train that (finally) took him away from California.

  • Libretto
    2019-05-18 22:15

    Does it sound absurd to say that this is a book of words? I was enthralled by and became enveloped within this outstanding piece of beautiful literature. The writing approaches perfection, the characters are almost too real (is that actually possible?), and you can't help but follow along breathlessly. Such writing is a rare gift to a reader. Can you tell that I adored this book? (And I did the proverbial reading-without-stopping twice through.)This book caught me (by surprise, by love, by respect, by disrespect, by nodding knowingly [to myself] and by wondering unknowingly).Not only is the book comprised of magnificent verbiage, but it is also, in its own way, all about words and writing them (or not). Jake Reed, who is "probably" the main character, and who has the wherewithal, at least financially, to be wherever and to do whatever he wants, thinks a lot about writing and every once in a while does something that looks like writing. It appears that he ultimately does write a book, but, as the author brilliantly portrays him, with Jake you never know.Henry Shapiro, who appears to be as close to a mentor and friend as Jake can ever manage to get (he is usually looking in all the wrong people), is a words person. Tatiana, whom Jake somehow concludes he has rescued from all sorts of horror, becomes a words person. Jake tries to consume Henry and Tatiana, I suppose in different ways, and this book's stupendous author lets the reader decide whether Jake becomes deadly to Henry and Tatiana along the way. This superb author messed with my mind in the best and zappiest ways possible; in Jake he created a character who may be sympathetic as a lost soul, but Jake never once does anyone any good -- in fact, just the opposite. This is an all-consuming book in the best ways a book can be.

  • Ali.b
    2019-05-03 22:32

    Nick Miller needs to be introduced to full stops. His sentences are drawn out with adjectives which simply take away from the book. Instead of writing 'I woke up to dappled morning light' he writes a freaking paragraph about sock draws and Polaroids and blockades. In his case less would definitely be more. I only read up to page 9 before I had to put it down, it was making me so angry. However what I did read was of a terribly boring and weak protagonist who sulked and complained about life. I don't know if there is more depth to him but I don't care and nor am I going to find out. All that I got from this novel was that the author was trying too hard, that he needs to find a better editor and disappointment in the tumblr community for recommending this book.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-26 21:32

    I had been following Nick's posts on tumblr when he first mentioned it. So to finally read it was a huge treat. This book reminds me a lot of the first year I moved to Los Angeles. Somewhere around Chapter 9, I felt like I had shared these same experiences. It definitely is that book that you read and it gets under your skin. He did a fantastic job about telling the story and the pacing was just right. It is a great first book and smartly written.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-19 19:37

    Sometimes I can tell how much I am going to like a book by it's first line, and this is one of those books. This book takes you on a whirlwind of a journey, that will make you feel a mix of emotions, and you will love every minute of it.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-30 17:30

    This is not the type of book I normally read - drugs, sex, the underbelly of society, a less-than-perfect ending - but I thought it was fantastic and very real. The writing is fresh and the story current and I felt equally uplifted and sad as I read about Jake Reed and his journey of discovery. His life is like none I've known and many times I wanted to reach into the pages and just slap some sense into him or shake him or something. This book made me think a lot and certainly made me thankful for my life and the choices I've made, but it also made me realize how much is going on in the world that I'm completely unaware of. I hope Nick Miller's working on another story...I'd really like to see what he's got for us next.

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-23 21:35

    Oh my days. I loved every page of this book. Even when not much was really happening the writing style and the characters and Jake's own personal journey kept me engrossed and empathetic. The ending was brilliant - so unexpected! I don't want to give too much away because I highly recommend this to everyone!! Cannot wait for what Nick Miller treats us to next!! He's right up there with my favourites right now!

  • Craig Jackson
    2019-05-21 20:32

    Just finished the book and I am upset that the journey of reading it is over. It is an amazing book, well written and really draws you in. The story of Nick Miller writing journey is just as interesting. He is a talented writer with a great career ahead, he has created a character that I can really bond with. I can't recommend this book enough. It was a pleasure to read.

  • Laura Anderson
    2019-05-03 01:34

    Like many, I came across this book on social media. The basic plot is what caught my attention at first. Jake is 23 years old, newly out of college and working in social media while his heart is telling him to be a writer. And then he quits his job. How unbelievably identical to my own situation, right down to the goddamn job description. The timing of my discovery of this novel as I was simultaneously leaving my own job and contemplating what I feel now and have always felt I want to do with my life. It was obvious that I needed to get my hands on it. Isn't It Pretty To Think So? is a very "now" book, meaning it deals with issues that twentysomethings in our current generation are dealing with at this very moment in time. Technology has changed the way we connect and relate with one another. Some moments made me laugh out loud because of how accurately the author has observed the absurd characteristics of ourselves and our peers, like when all the housemates are on the couch with their computers on their laps. Our parents did not experience this, our children will not experience this (though they'll experience things that we'll deem as more absurd). While it critiques the influence of social media in our lives (and rightfully so), this novel's creation would not have been possible without it. Part of what made this such an enjoyable read for me is how well I related to Jake right from the start. He wants to make a deep and true connection with another human being and he wants to create something that he deems worthwhile. Sometimes I hated Jake, sometimes I adored him. It has been said many times before that when an author can articulate an idea that you thought to be entirely unique to you, that's good writing. Nick Miller has done just that. Literature fans will particularly enjoy this book because many of the greats are referenced. I would just like a Henry of my own now please.

  • Emilee Rosa
    2019-05-15 19:17

    Isn't is pretty to think so?Such a catchy title. Makes you wonder what the book is about.I took note of this book by browsing through someone's instagram. She quoted a quote from the book and I immediately thought, I NEED to read this. I'm a huge fan of coming of age, contemporary novels.. So I knew I'd enjoy this read.Jake reed is a character of struggle. It seems as if he has the worst of luck. His world is constantly plagued with loss. He's his own worst enemy... Suffering through depression, attempting to surpass the disorder but always seems to find himself back to where he started. I loved the novel.... Maybe I enjoyed it so so much because jake reminds me of myself. So I was able to relate to his emotions of anxiety, depression.. Was able to relate to his view of the world.The ending of the book kinda left me uneasy. I was expecting more closure... Like I wasn't ready for the book to end where it ended.. Maybe because I've grown attached to the book. Nick miller was really able to create this feeling of attachment. I felt as if I were accompanying jake through his journey. Reading this novel also made me feel.. Not alone. Like as if I was searching for this similarity in something or someone.The death of Tatiana kind of made me angry. Because it was the idea of that one good thing jake was finally able to declare his.. And poof.. Gone. Yet again disappointed with the cruelties of life. Her death was also predictable. When he was coming back to the hotel from printing his own copy of his novel... I knew he was going to find her either, 1)gone 2)dead. But! All in all " Isn't is pretty to think so" was a great novel. I recommend it to those who have an open mind. It pisses me off when people try to assume the author was going for a more "catcher in the rye" feel....Appreciate the novel for itself. Don't try to compare it to other works.

  • Katelyn
    2019-05-15 00:22

    I've been wanting to read this book a while. I follow Nick Miller's blog, and after discovering he wrote a book, I was utterly fascinated. It took me about a year to order it, but I'm so glad I finally did.I must say though, I'm glad I read the book before I ever read a review on it. Some of you are extremely harsh. For a first book ever, for someone starting out in life, I absolutely applaud him. I think this book is perfect for anyone from 16 to 30. It's obviously targeted for a younger audience.... if a 40 year old is reading this book, of course they're going to think the writing is "childish". Keep in mind, the author is a bit younger himself, without a "wealth" of experience. I related to a lot in this book. Sometimes, it's comforting to read something that lets others know that they're not alone. It's lovely to catch a glimpse of another's soul in their writing. I don't want to get into detail about the characters themselves, but I definitely will say, I look forward to all future writings from the lovely Nick Miller. He has so much promise and potential, and I wish him the best of luck on all future endeavors.

  • Kirby Elaine
    2019-05-04 19:21

    I didn't realize I never reviewed the book on this site. Like many, I followed the author on his journey to publishing this book. I promised myself that when it was ready I would read it and be unbiased (I developed an author crush on Nick Miller after following him for so long). Though I had received the paperback of the book, I decided to read it on my kindle instead. One free Saturday morning I sat down and read the book cover to cover. I'm twenty-five so I could completely get that Jake was having this late coming of age thing going on. I was engulfed in the words I read, engulfed in the all of moments Jake experienced. Like; the taco truck, every time he met new people. I honestly loved the book.It's something that I have recommended to my family and friends even though I refuse to share my autographed copy.

  • Elissa
    2019-05-10 20:34

    I found this book to be very pretentious. Jake had money and just spent it, but talked about wanting to be better and find the meaning of life. He always wanted answers, but never really DID anything to find them until he met Henry. In the beginning, he wasted his employer's time and money until he finally walked out. I was always waiting for him to find a reason to write and something to write about, but never felt like that came. When Jake met Henry, I thought it would finally be where he discovered himself, but instead he was trying to be who Henry wanted him to be...after spending months being who Parker wanted him to be. I wanted to know more about Tatiana and maybe even get a happier ending.I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

  • Cory
    2019-05-24 01:17

    Beautifully written, deeply felt debut novel. Some really excellent insights into the creative inspiration and mind of a writer, complete with the self-loathing and depression that seem to inevitably accompany them. Not the most uplifting book, but one I feel speaks directly to me and other twenty-somethings with my post-college despairing attitude. A novel that truly speaks to the power of individuals and their effects on our lives.

  • Katie
    2019-05-23 23:10

    I was a decent way into the book before I just couldn't read anymore. The whole west Hollywood party/club culture stuff brought the book down to a pretentious level that totally distracted me. The writing is not BAD, but it came up as over 900 pages on my nook. Where was the editor here?? Unnecessarily long and drawn out, I'm sorry for any Hemingway fans who are/were also expecting more from a book with this title.

  • Limhi
    2019-04-26 22:28

    As I read this novel, I enjoyed following Jake Reed on his journey of self discovery. Nick Miller accurately portrays aspects of the Millennial generation: angst, self doubt, desires for greatness and deeper connections; all amidst the sifting of what is "real." Truly, a great first effort by Miller.

  • Lynne Fishel
    2019-05-08 22:09

    A good read. I know the author and it was a bit odd reading what I know to be threads from Nicks life- difficult to separate truth and fiction. One thing is for certain- I'm glad I am not in my 20s trying to figure out what life is about... And am grateful I lived in a time before this social media season.

  • Cait
    2019-05-20 20:33

    Really enjoyed this book, such great quotes that I found myself highlighting a lot! It was a page turner until about the last fifty pages which I found tough to get through. But even so I definitely recommend it!