Book Review: Strangers Have the Best Candy by Margaret Meps Schulte

I picked this up as a book about a woman encouraging talking to strangers as a way of meeting unique characters and hear great stories appealed to me.

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The problem is that while we should all give strangers a chance, and you’re bound to hear some good stories MMS is not the woman to recount them. Her writing feels flat and the stories aren’t that funny or interesting, for much of the book it’s just a series of slightly interesting stories and moments told by a dull narrator.

Someone like Bill Bryson or Paul Theroux travels and can tell amusing anecdotes or make it a fascinating read that makes you want to pack your bags. MMS is not one of them, and it makes you want to travel because at least then you’ll be able to have your own stories that will probably be more interesting.

Verdict: Schulte’s attitude is admirable, and her ideas on interaction valid, but as a writer she lacks real wit and insight and it all feels rather flat. It failed to hold my interest. 4/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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