Today’s book is called The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters. Chip Kidd, a man known more for his graphic design skills than for his writing, authored a novel. The book is set in the 1950’s and follows a college freshman as he acclimates himself to a new school and his seemingly random decision to be an art major. Kidd touches on themes of love, young relationships and even a first foray into gay infatuation.
Upfront I have to admit that the book really isn’t that great as a novel. As a collection of entertaining anecdotes and lessons on life, Kidd does deliver some great one-liners and surprising twists. Considering it had been a while since I had been able to read books for fun, it offered a quick summer read with just enough substance to leave me hungry for more books.
As a designer myself, I got a kick out of it. Unfortunately for people picking up this book with intention of delving between it’s pages, the best thing about it really is this quirky design choice.
I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy this book, but if you feel like a quick, entertaining read, I wouldn’t mind loaning out my copy.