I have to admit that I saw Insane City at Barnes & Noble the other week and didn’t think anything of it. A little later it hit me that it was written by Dave Barry, the Dave Barry who co-wrote (with Ridley Pearson) the Peter Pan series, and I knew I had to read this book. (If you haven’t read his Peter Pan books, you are sorely missing out.)
I can’t even begin to recount a summary of Insane City since so many wonderfully crazy events occur within the 300 some pages. You know what? Put a stripper, a wedding, a bridezilla, an orangutan, weed, a couple of billionaires, some potheads, and some Haitian refugees in a blender on high, and that cocktail sums up Insane City quite nicely.
It is Seth Weinstein’s wedding weekend in Miami. Everyone knows his fiancée Tina is way out of his league, nonetheless, they are getting married. Before the wedding can occur, however, Seth must find his luggage, which has not only his tuxedo, but also the wedding ring. And although it’s hard to describe exactly what happens, trust me when I say ‘a lot’ does happen.
What I loved about this book, and about Dave Barry, is that he is an amazing storyteller. Like a good actor, Barry can cross genres effectively. In the aptly titled Insane City, Barry is wicked funny and amusing. Of course it is a little bit ridiculous in some spots, but Barry wrote this to entertain, and entertain he did.