I picked this book up at the library, and before beginning to read, I checked the reviews on amazon. I like to see what others have had to say, and was thrilled that all 15 people who took the time to review the book gave it a five star rating. I couldn't wait to begin what looked to be a hilarious, not-to-be missed book. What a disappointment.
Other than the Manny himself, the characters were cardboard and uninteresting. While parts of the story made me smile, none of it was worth laughing aloud. I have read many middle-age books (as a teacher and a parent, I'm always looking for ones worth sharing), and have thoroughly enjoyed Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series, J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter books, Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series, Lene Kaaberbol's Shamer series, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series, and many others. This book seems to have been written with the purpose of promoting tolerance, which is, of course, a good thing. But I found the story boring and the characters flat.
More than one reviewer commented that he or she personally knows the author. I wonder if several of the others do too. Not the worst book I've read, by far, but definitely not a 5-star story.