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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Midtown Madhatter by Matthew Monda is the story of a man named Peter Walsh, a man who is forced to take a closer look at his life and the way he has been living it when he is invited to an old friend’s wedding. The invitation makes him reconsider his life decisions, where he is at the moment and what he needs to do to get his act together. But getting his act together is not easy, especially when he has spent half his life giving in to his urges and living his life the way he wanted without thinking about the consequences.
This is a comedy fiction that takes inspiration from the author’s life. Subtly dark and intense, this humorous novel had me smiling at one minute and then contemplating my own life the next. Peter Walsh is a complicated man; he is not your garden variety character. He is a relatable man, one who is not really ready to accept his faults, but when he does, he is ready to own up to them. He is unconventional and he is amazing because of that.
Midtown Madhatter by Matthew Monda was brilliant. The way the story was written, the way the characters developed and become better was simply impressive. I enjoyed how Peter understood his flaws, felt sad about them, and then held his head up high and resolved to do something about it. The book is impressive, but more than that, it is encouraging. The story resonated in my brain and made me think about it some more. I was actually able to read this book in one go, in a single sitting, and it was well worth it.