Unexpectedly, Milo

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  • Unexpectedly, Milo
  • Matthew Dicks
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 0307592308

About the Author: Matthew Dicks

Unexpectedly, Milo PDF/EPUB ´ Paperback unexpectedly, free, milo pdf, Unexpectedly, MiloUnexpectedly, Milo ePUBMatthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming novels The Other Mother and Cardboard Knight, as well as the nonfiction Storyworthy Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Art of Storytelling His novels have been translated intothan languages worldwide Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was the Dolly Gray Award winner and was nominated for a Nutmeg Award in Connecticut Matthew was also awarded first prize in and second prize in in the Magazine Humorous Column category by the CT Society of Professional Journalists He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks Stones, and Summertime He has written comic books for Double Take comics He is a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in Reader s Digest, The Hartford Courant, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor He was awarded first prize for opinion writing in by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists When not hunched over a computer screen, Matthew fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a speaking coach, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach, and a Lord of Sealand He has been teaching for years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the YearMatthew is a time Moth StorySLAM champion and time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast He has also told stories for This American Life, TED, The Colin McEnroe Show, The Story Collider, The Liar Show, Literary Death Match, The Mouth, and many others He has performed in such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Wilbur Theater, The Academy of Music in North Hampton, CT, The Bynam Theater of Pittsburgh, The Bell House in NYC, The Lebanon Opera House, Boston University, and Infinity Hall in Hartford, CTHe is a regular guest on several Slate podcasts, including The Gist, where he teaches storytellingMatthew is also the co founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England He teaches storytelling and public speaking to individuals, corporations, and school districts around the world He has most recently taught at Yale University, The University of Connecticut Law School, Purdue University, The Connecticut Historical Society, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Miss Porter s School, The Berkshire School, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil Matthew is the creator and co host of Boy vs Girl, a podcast about gender and gender stereotypes Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.


Unexpectedly, MiloUnexpectedly, Milo PDF/EPUB ´ Paperback unexpectedly, free, milo pdf, Unexpectedly, MiloUnexpectedly, Milo ePUBMilo Slade, a thirty three year old home healthcare aide, is witnessing the rapid dissolution of his three year marriage to a polished, high powered attorney named Christine Though Milo doesn t quite know the root of his marital problems, he inevitably blames himself, or specifically, he faults the demands his obsessive compulsive personality place upon him the need to open a jar of Smuckers grape jelly or singLuftballons in front of an audience, to name just a coupleYet Christine is still none the wiser about these inexplicable quirks as Milo has painstakingly hidden them from her and everyone else for years No one knows the true and in his mind insidious Milo, and such is the root of his profound loneliness, especially now that he and Christine are living apart during a trial separationThen one day Milo stumbles across a video camera and tapes, left behind in a park He watches the first tape, which is a heartfelt confessional by a young woman who begins to reveal her secrets, starting small at first, and finally revealing that she blames herself for a tragic death of a friend But not all the details add up and Milo is struck with the urge to free the sweet confessor from her guilt He is, after all, an expert in keeping secrets In typical screwball fashion, Milo sets out on a cross country journey to crack the case, but quickly gets sidetracked when he can no longer ignore the demands of his compulsions But it is during these sidetracks that the true meaning of his adventure takes shape Milo is weird, but as he discovers, so is everyone else UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO is a humorous and touching novel about finding oneself, embracing the journey, and, unexpectedly, love.

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10 thoughts on “Unexpectedly, Milo

  1. Jen says:

    I really enjoy the premise and background of Matthew Dicks books that people who are crazy in all kinds of ways are 1 not atypical, 2 endearing and funny, and 3 all around us or are us.This book prompted me to consider over analyze many of my own interesting thoughts and behaviors and the coping strategies that I use successfully and unsuccessfully.Points to ponder from this book Relationships actual vs perceived Honesty with others and with ourselves Rituals imposed v I really enjoy the premise and background of Matthew Dicks books that people who are crazy in all kinds of ways are 1 not atypical, 2 endearing and funny, and 3 all around us or are us.This book prompted me to consider over analyze many of my own interesting thoughts and behaviors and the coping strategies that I use successfully and unsuccessfully.Points to ponder from this book Relationships actual vs perceived Honesty with others and with ourselves Rituals imposed vs instinctual Crazy what it is and who ISN T Acceptance of others faults but now our own Maturity what IS the optimal age for male maturity Endings of movies with all this technology that we have, why CAN T we change their endings This book is somewhat slow moving because there is so much background information, which 1 if you are OCD, you can appreciate or feel defensive about 2 if you are ADD, may make it hard to stay with the story3 if you are COADD OCD and ADD , you are constantly analyzing everything about the story but can t remember some of the parts I am NOT speaking from personal experience I am WRITINGI enjoy Matthew Dicks writing and look forward toof his stories

  2. Joanne says:

    I really really loved Something Missing, and thought perhaps this would be a sequel, but it s not It s a stand alone about yet another guy Milo of the title with compulsive habits demands These are distracting to him and to me as a reader, and since his meeting the demand e.g., opening a jelly jar results in a physical release that s practically sexual, it s uncomfortable to read Milo is supposed to be a good guy, and he certainly is kind to people, but he isn t that likable.I was als I really really loved Something Missing, and thought perhaps this would be a sequel, but it s not It s a stand alone about yet another guy Milo of the title with compulsive habits demands These are distracting to him and to me as a reader, and since his meeting the demand e.g., opening a jelly jar results in a physical release that s practically sexual, it s uncomfortable to read Milo is supposed to be a good guy, and he certainly is kind to people, but he isn t that likable.I was also uncomfortable with the many references to pornography and the profanity in this book While I understand it s there to make a point that everyone has secrets and some people areopen about them than others it just feels prurient

  3. Meagan says:

    3.75 Stars Unexpectedly Milo was pleasant in an unexpected way While a reader might peruse the synopsis and decide that Milo, a nice normal guy who randomly must open grape jelly jars and sing 99 Luftballoons in German to an audience, is the most unusual interesting character in the book, they would be sorely mistaken If anything, Milo turns out to be one of the least intriguing characters, though not even he realizes it Matthew Dicks has a knack at bringing characters to life even if the 3.75 Stars Unexpectedly Milo was pleasant in an unexpected way While a reader might peruse the synopsis and decide that Milo, a nice normal guy who randomly must open grape jelly jars and sing 99 Luftballoons in German to an audience, is the most unusual interesting character in the book, they would be sorely mistaken If anything, Milo turns out to be one of the least intriguing characters, though not even he realizes it Matthew Dicks has a knack at bringing characters to life even if they re only with us for a few page stent, they feel real and they are memorable Characters we as readers never actually get to meet in person, so to speak, jump off the page and become alive The dialogue never feels stiff or unusual and each individual has their own voice The story itself is pleasantly, equally surprising Though a few moments that are meant to be unpredicted are sadly predictable to a generation conditioned to expect the unexpected i.e me , other moments, which were arguablyimportant, were refreshingly original and strangely satisfying Strangely because, had someone told me the outcome before the moment it happened, I might have complained, but having lived through the moment, I don t see it coming to any other end That s all I m going to say as I generally like to avoid spoilers Having said that, the prose did get a bit tiring at times The narrator is a close third person and some of the repetitiveness and over analysis can be attributed to Milo s condition, but not all of it This resulted in me feeling as though the narrator or author didn t quite trust me to remember certain interaction or,often, to be able to discern the meaning in certain things or understand the tension of certain moments, on my own I think the over listing of Milo s demands was only bothersome because they were first described as a bit secretive and many, but then boiled down to about 4 reoccurring actions Some of which could have easily been spiced up for instance the action involving words did not always require the same word, but the same words were recollected again and again anyway Again, this could account to Milo s condition in some cases, but not all, and these moments could have likely been paired down, making for a shorterenjoyable read Not all digressions or over analysis were too much, however The whole novel almost itself is basically a digression as we start at nearly the end and then jump back How the digressions within the digression are handled are actually quite nice, taking me from one place to another and softly landing back again without letting me forget where we had left off Those moments worked And in general, the whole book really does work If I had to choose two words to describe this book they d be intriguing and pleasant I think it definitely makes for a good, relaxed summer read or even something to return to after a hard day at work There s a bit of mystery thrown in the mix of all these unforgettable characters that should pull you through to the end, and the cherry on top is that you might learn a little bit about yourself along the way as well If you see it on the shelf while you re out and about, pick it up and keep it

  4. Carol says:

    Wow This book is captivating if you re interested in mental illness This is the first time I ve found a book about a person who is intelligent and functional despite suffering from an obsessive compulsive disorder I found it fascinating and original.Milo hides his disorder from friends, wife, parents, school, job It s very complicated for him His innocent behavior in grade school causes him to be viewed as odd, and teachers and parents are mystified and alarmed He is filled with shame, and Wow This book is captivating if you re interested in mental illness This is the first time I ve found a book about a person who is intelligent and functional despite suffering from an obsessive compulsive disorder I found it fascinating and original.Milo hides his disorder from friends, wife, parents, school, job It s very complicated for him His innocent behavior in grade school causes him to be viewed as odd, and teachers and parents are mystified and alarmed He is filled with shame, and as he grows older he becomes convinced that no one will ever understand him And so he learns to hide these compulsive behaviors.I liked the story form it takes It s not dry at all, and includes many interesting characters Milo takes a zany adventure on a whim, which seems futile, but like all things in his life he is compelled to finish Instead, he discovers hope and contemplates becoming honest with the people dearest to him.Good reading for those with the disease, and for the people who care for them

  5. Kwoomac says:

    Author Matthew Dicks creates another quirky hero in this, his second book Milo has some form of OCD, which he has kept secret from others his entire life Well, at least since he was eight and realized he was different He gets an idea in his head and then pressure builds until he is able to relieve it by acting on his impulse It way be to release the seal on a new jar of Smuckers jelly the 20 oz size , pop open an ice cube tray, bowl a strike or sing karaoke Kind of like how people enjoy p Author Matthew Dicks creates another quirky hero in this, his second book Milo has some form of OCD, which he has kept secret from others his entire life Well, at least since he was eight and realized he was different He gets an idea in his head and then pressure builds until he is able to relieve it by acting on his impulse It way be to release the seal on a new jar of Smuckers jelly the 20 oz size , pop open an ice cube tray, bowl a strike or sing karaoke Kind of like how people enjoy popping bubble wrap I don t think I ve ever met anyone who doesn t love doing that I m going to have to say my favorite compulsion involves words Milo will get a word stuck in his head and it will remain stuck there until he can get someone to say the word in the course of conversation Doesn t work to just have someone say it by perhaps writing down the word and asking someone how to pronounce it And of course it s not a word that generally might come up in conversation It s words like loquacious or conflagration or placebo It s fun watching Milo figure out how to get someone to say the right word.So Milo has spent much energy hiding this from everyone including his wife and best friend Milo decides he needs to go on a road trip, for reasons you ll just have to read about I love a good road trip So Milo goes on this quest to find someone and while he doesn t have to slay dragons except those in his own mind , he does meet many characters along the way They all end up having their own peculiarities but, unlike Milo, they except and even embrace their differences Milo s a slow learner though so he almost has to be hit over the head before this message gets through to him I loved Dick s first book and I loved this one as well I could relate to Milo He s a gentle soul with an all consuming secret While I don t have OCD, I m going to have to say I do love opening a brand new jar of anything His other quirks, not so much I m glad I took this ride with Milo Also glad that Dicks has written another fun story

  6. Brian says:

    This is the second book I read by this author and it was just as good as the first I really love books about eccentric people, and he definitely delivers Milo has a weird disorder where he has a compulsion to do certain things, and remains tense until he can do so..they range from simple like bowling a strike to bizarre singing 99 Luftbaloons in German His marriage to Christine, his wife, is falling apart And he discovers a video confessional left on a park bench by a woman he doesn t know, This is the second book I read by this author and it was just as good as the first I really love books about eccentric people, and he definitely delivers Milo has a weird disorder where he has a compulsion to do certain things, and remains tense until he can do so..they range from simple like bowling a strike to bizarre singing 99 Luftbaloons in German His marriage to Christine, his wife, is falling apart And he discovers a video confessional left on a park bench by a woman he doesn t know, and he becomes obsessed with finding out who she is I read this book in the course of two sittings and really enjoyed it I eagerly await his next book

  7. Glenn says:

    Milo keeps his OCD secret from everyone, even his wife, which might be why they are estranged When he finds a video camera and a bag of tapes that turns out to be the secret video diary of a young woman he decides to watch the tapes only to identify her and return the tapes and camera And the truth he uncovers could set them both free The mental illness of the narrator isn t as great a narrative tool as the imaginary friend was in Dicks book Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, but it keeps the Milo keeps his OCD secret from everyone, even his wife, which might be why they are estranged When he finds a video camera and a bag of tapes that turns out to be the secret video diary of a young woman he decides to watch the tapes only to identify her and return the tapes and camera And the truth he uncovers could set them both free The mental illness of the narrator isn t as great a narrative tool as the imaginary friend was in Dicks book Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, but it keeps the story moving

  8. Suzanne says:

    3.5 stars I really loved most of the characters Their idiosyncrasies were endearing, especially Milo I probably would have rated this higher, but I found myself bored and skimming on occasion.

  9. Sharon says:

    When I first started this book, I would have given it 2 stars Half way through, it was nudged towards 3, and by the end it was a solid 4 Here s whyI adored the author s first book, Something Missing, and had high expectations for his next book In the beginning however, I found this book confusing and odd Unrelenting demands, Weebles, jelly jars, U boat captains and 99 Luftballons What the hell I felt that the attempt to unsettle and bewilder the reader in the hopes that they would be ea When I first started this book, I would have given it 2 stars Half way through, it was nudged towards 3, and by the end it was a solid 4 Here s whyI adored the author s first book, Something Missing, and had high expectations for his next book In the beginning however, I found this book confusing and odd Unrelenting demands, Weebles, jelly jars, U boat captains and 99 Luftballons What the hell I felt that the attempt to unsettle and bewilder the reader in the hopes that they would be eager to readwas presented with a heavy hand I was also disappointed in the main character of the story Martin, the hero in Dicks first book, was a man who was out of step with the world around him He spent most of his energy trying to hide from society, and yet I found him vulnerable and endearing Despite his fears and awkwardness, he managed to positively affect the people around him Martin, the hero of this story, shares many traits with his predecessor He strives to hide his true self from everyone he knows, he is quirky and insecure and almost isolated despite his marriage and friendships Yet I did not initially find him as appealing as Martin Milo is not as innocent and I didn t feel the same initial attachment to him.As I continued reading, I got used to Milo and the interesting secondary characters Eugene, Freckles, Mrs Marchand, Emma and all the others stole my heart and made me see that Milo was growing as a character, and growing on me With each entertaining vignette I was accepting Milo and starting to root for him to achieve his own happy ending By the completion of the story, I realized that Dicks had written another winning novel, one that any reader will grow to love.In the end, my only complaint is that this book left me with two unrelenting demands of my own I now need to rent and rewatch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as soon as possible, and I also feel the need to join a book club with Milo Matthew so that I can argue the merits of Saramago s Blindness I know it was bleak and a bit harsh but that made the connections formed by the core group evenpoignant, and the hope offered at the endprecious Dang it

  10. Soobee72 says:

    I have picked this up and put it down countless times in the years since it was published I LOVED Something Missing, Dicks debut novel So much so that I still recommend it to anyone who s looking for book recommendations Perhaps because I loved Something Missing so, I had a hard time getting into it Once I let that go, I really, really liked Milo Milo has O.C.D that manifests itself in ways that were new to me The things he is driven to do make it both easier on him he s not driven to c I have picked this up and put it down countless times in the years since it was published I LOVED Something Missing, Dicks debut novel So much so that I still recommend it to anyone who s looking for book recommendations Perhaps because I loved Something Missing so, I had a hard time getting into it Once I let that go, I really, really liked Milo Milo has O.C.D that manifests itself in ways that were new to me The things he is driven to do make it both easier on him he s not driven to count his steps or touch every street post for example anddifficult since it drives him to hear words like cacophony As you might imagine, it causes stress on his marriage, especially since his wife has no idea Milo has been able to hide this side of himself from everyone ever since a childhood incident that scarred him.Mild spoilers ahead.That marriage starts to crumble before the start of the book and Milo winds up moving out when his wife asks for space She is completely unclear on what she means by that and is frankly so mean to Milo that it is completely understandable that he thinks she means she wants him out of the house for some time, and not just for a couple of weeks on a friend s couch like she apparently meant The marriage is clearly in a lot of trouble They don t talk He because he is trying desperately to hide his ocd, and she because well, her motivations aren t really clear since this isn t her story, but she is not painted in a very flattering light Actually, her character is the weakest link in the story for me It s hard to be sympathetic towards her even knowing how Milo has lied to her their entire relationship This is partly because Milo himself is such a good guy that it s hard not to take sides After Milo moves out, he finds a camcorder and a bag of tapes in a park He waits a day to see if anyone claims them, and then picks them up the unlikeliness of it still being there a day later made me wonder if the owner had simply set them down in the same place the next day with the idea of trying to figure out who the owner is He doesn t turn it over to the police Instead, he starts to watch the tapes They turn out to be a video diary, and it starts him on a quest I won t say any, except read this book