Graham Parke has done it again. With his finger firmly on the pulse of the technology-addled contemporary dating scene, Park’s Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person is a hilariously parodic frolic into the world of the “I know everything, even though I’ve never done anything” world of the failure-to-launch millennial romantic.
Our journey follows the misguided adventures of our hero, online handle “Leverage,” as he doles out internet advice you would have to be desperate and/or crazy to follow. And yet he has followers. Granted, maybe only a half dozen or so. But they are loyal and adhere to his untried, not-so-sage advice, often to their own personal detriment.
Leverage himself is unlucky in love. Still living with his mom, and wasting his work day writing Youtube scripts for his dating advice channel, Leverage’s life (personal, professional) is going nowhere, and fast. How will he get out of this rut?
Well, you’ll have to read it and see. Mysterious reappearances from his past. A love interest. An unlikely and ironically successful competitor. It all comes together in this fun, thoughtful, heartwarming story.
As Parke beautifully points out, despite all the technology and swiping right and online dating profiles, love at its heart is still about human connection. As imperfect and messy as that may be. The heart wants what the heart wants, and there is no wrong way to love. There may be a little Leverage in all of us.