Midtown Madhatter

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
284 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2019
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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.

Faridah Nassozi

In Midtown Madhatter by Matthew Monda, there is no better reason to meet up with old friends, reflect on the past and get into some trouble than the wedding of one of your oldest friends. This is exactly how Peter Walsh finds himself in New York City for an eventful weekend. When he received the invitation to one of his oldest friend's wedding, he had every intention of having the time of his life during this wedding weekend, consequences be damned. He did not intend to hold back on the fun and did not need anyone telling him what to do - so much so that he left his wife behind in Mexico. As he navigates the wedding weekend with old friends, he reflects on his life and all the adventures and the people he has met along the way. Will the weekend live up to his expectations or will it be a letdown?

Midtown Madhatter by Matthew Monda is an exciting read that gives true meaning to the statement 'reliving the good old days' as Peter Walsh takes you on a journey into his past and his current life. You will have fun following his transformation from childhood and all the adventures and mischief on the journey into adulthood. However, in the end, the more things change the more they stay the same, and that might not always be a bad thing. The flashbacks made the story more complete and helped me understand the pivotal character better and connect with him even more. All the twists and turns he experienced along the way made his life more interesting and his story more memorable.

Justine Reyes

Midtown Madhatter by Matthew "Mateo" Monda is a comedic contemporary fiction novel which follows the life of the protagonist, Peter Walsh. Peter is a bit of a wild card, his life is far from conventional and even further from mediocre. The story begins with Peter receiving an unexpected wedding invitation from his childhood friend, Jackie. From that point on, readers will be swept away with Peter as his nostalgia kicks in and his narrative begins.

"I just wanted to be free…and I wanted to be me, but somehow, whoever Peter Walsh actually was had fallen through the cracks." I found Monda's writing very fluid and seamless. Without a hitch, I was able to sit down and read it chapter after chapter for a few hours. When I did set Midtown Madhatter down to recuperate, I felt the itch that every bookworm feels when they've finally latched onto a good book. Nevertheless, Midtown Madhatter is not just a good book; it is a well-written and relatable novel. Monda shows an obvious passion for storytelling and from the things I read in his About The Author, it becomes abundantly clear why Peter Walsh reads and feels like a real living person. Without a second thought, I would recommend Midtown Madhatter to fans and lovers of contemporary fiction.

I hope to read more of Monda's work in the future; it would be a shame to waste such a natural talent because there is vividness in every anecdote. You will find yourself likely feeling nostalgic about your own life and the trials and tribulations you yourself have gone through. It is always refreshing to find a novel that makes you think long after you've put it down.