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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Jay Got Married by James Robinson Jr. is a first-person narrative full of fascinating, entertaining, short, non-fiction essays with accompanying hilarious pictures to drive the humor home. The short narratives can range from barely remembered theme papers from fifty years ago (with funny interpretations of an English teacher that seem to wonder why he even exists) to the undeserved, bad reputations of fanny packs.
Jay Got Married is James Robinson Jr.’s own unique voice turned into witty and amusing written words. This book is a quick and entertaining read where the author provides hilarious points of view and thoughts on actual situations he’s encountered and dreams he’s had. It’s made even funnier because of how relatable his thoughts and the situations are, which drew me into the story even more. Sometimes the attempt at humor inevitably touches a few real-life issues but it is quickly diverted again back to humor, so as not to linger or get too serious and forget the main genre. The writer has done an incredible job of keeping my attention and it constantly kept me guessing as to what he’d write about next. I loved the part with the selfie; it was so unexpected but it had me bursting out in giggles and the jellybean part almost made me cry with laughter, especially when the author so kindly provided a picture of said jellybean to further convince me of how evasive they were.
The ‘Jay Got Married’ segment was another favorite. It was sweeter than the rest of the book, with lines like “what if I were faced with the prospect of being without her (author’s wife) for the rest of my life? I would be devastated” and “the mere thought of marrying anyone else is frightful”, which made me realize that as funny and witty as this book is, what really made an impact on me was how much soul and heart was put into it. In every word and with every flip of the page, you can see how James Robinson Jr. poured a bit of himself into creating this book. All the narratives are definitely humorous, memorable and unique. It is sure to put a smile on the faces of its readers; it certainly put one on mine.