One thing I insist on in books in the humor section is that they be funny. They don’t have to be hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny. I’ll take a chuckle or even a whimsical smile. Overstated didn’t pass the funny hurdle for me at all.

It was surprising because I always liked the author’s understated type of humor on talk shows and standup routines. I think the meta idea of riffing on all fifty states sounds good on paper but fails in execution. Overall, Overstated was not for me. 2 stars.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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