The Last Girlfriend on Earth and Other Love Stories

Cover photo of the book The Last Girlfriend on Earth
Simon Rich
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Nov 24, 2020

The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories ​by Simon Rich is a collection of eclectic and often surreal short stories centering around love and romance. For the most part, I very much enjoyed this book. It was an incredibly fast read, but I thought that it ultimately matched the book’s funny and slapdash style.  Typically I wouldn’t consider a book’s being “slapdash” to be a good thing, but with ​The Last Girlfriend on Earth ​I didn’t really have a problem with it. In fact, I think the book’s thrown together nature adds to its predominantly light and breezy feeling. ​The Last Girlfriend on Earth ​often feels more like a collection of comedy sketches than a traditional collection of short stories. And after finding out that Simon Rich is a former writer and producer for SNL, this makes a lot of sense. There were some stories in the book that I actually thought would have been better as comedy sketches. And although I really didn’t enjoy a couple of the stories, generally I found that the good outweighed the bad. Some stand out stories were “Unprotected,” “I Love Girl,” and “The Last Girlfriend on Earth.”

I found this book while in the midst of a reading slump and it truly reminded me how much fun reading can be. I honestly couldn’t put it down, and while I didn’t love every story, overall this was a very enjoyable book. I wouldn’t call it the “comedy work of the century” or anything, but there is no denying that ​The Last Girlfriend on Earth ​is a very fun book with a surprisingly potent dosage of emotional truth. I would recommend ​The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories ​to anyone looking for something funny, offbeat, and heartfelt to brighten their day.

Written by
Delaney M.

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