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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Certified by Roger Wilson-Crane is a comedy-drama novel containing three inter-connected stories signifying three significant milestones in a man's life. Inspired by real events, the book follows an unnamed narrator who recounts three momentous events from his life. "One Unexpected Birth" follows the narrator as he finally finds the love of his life after a string of dysfunctional relationships, only to face a blast from the past on the day he becomes a father. In "One Hapless Wedding", the narrator and his bride-to-be plan the wedding of their dreams in the beautiful locale of Puglia, Italy, only to witness Justin Timberlake, of all people, hijack their designated venue. In "One Bizarre Death", the narrator mourns the loss of a loved one and tries to navigate the unexpected circumstances following their death.
Infused with themes of love, loss, heartbreak, and hope, Certified is a humorous yet moving anthology that perfectly demonstrates how life has a way of pulling the rug out from under your feet when you're least expecting it. Author Roger Wilson-Crane's quick-witted dialogue and humor make the narrative a breeze to go through. I actually chuckled out loud quite a few times while reading about the hilarious situations the narrator himself found himself in, more often than not through no fault of his own. Apart from the humor, there is a lot of heart and emotional resonance to the stories. The characters are regular everyday people you will find easy to relate to. I had a wonderful time reading Certified. If you're looking for a grounded comedy-drama novel, I highly recommend it.