Book Review of
Best State Ever
A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author Dave Barry.
We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will.
Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?” Somehow, the state’s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today.
It’s the most hilarious book yet from “the funniest damn writer in the whole country” (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you’ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida—you can never say it’s boring.
After reading several really tough memoirs for my nonfiction books for every state challenge, I needed something lighter and fun to read for my challenge. Best State Ever A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry ended up being the perfect book. It is a book all about Florida written in classic Dave Barry style. His writing is so funny. He takes serious subjects and makes them entertaining. This book in entertaining and fun. I have never been to Florida, but now I want to go. Dave Barry’s humor is not for everyone, but if you love his style of writing I think you will love this book. I will say that his humor is not always clean, but overall I enjoyed this.