Title: The Opposite of Everything
Author: David Kalish
Genre/Audience: Contemporary fiction
Source: For review
Reviewed by Kim
Daniel Plotnick is a journalist from Brooklyn who he learns he has cancer. Unfortunately, this is not the only bad thing that happens to him – his marriage ends and his father accidentally pushes him off the George Washington Bridge. After this terrifying event, he comes up with a plan to do the opposite of everything he has done before, since doing what he thought was the right thing did not work out for him.
This book definitely held my interest and I found it to be very unique. The character of Daniel was not particularly sympathetic, although I was invested in finding out if his opposite plan would work out for him, because really, what an unusual and crazy idea! His thought process that he could turn his life around by doing the opposite of what he would have done in his prior life totally baffled his friends, but made sense in kind of a weird way when you think about it. I don’t know that I would consider it a comedy, as the jacket describes, but it was definitely different and captivating. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something out of the ordinary than what you would normally read.