This novel is full of multi-faceted characters and illustrative scenes, and I found myself laughing out loud and even crying through the twists and turns of this unexpectedly heartfelt romcom. As a bonus, for anyone familiar with Chicago, there are a number of Windy City tributes strewn throughout the book (plus few thrown in for Los Angeles). – Amazon Review
After getting dumped by his childhood sweetheart, Charlie Park finds himself at rock bottom. Despite all efforts by his best friend; RJ, a female firecracker who may or may not be contributing to his woes, Charlie cannot break free from this rut. His new status quo is filled with incessant cleaning, obsessing over his favorite daytime talk show host, and crafting the definitive list that will help him find the perfect woman. That’s when Charlie’s apartment burns to the ground, proving that life can always get worse.
But thanks to a chance encounter with a waitress from his favorite restaurant, Charlie musters the courage to move from Los Angeles to Chicago in search of a fresh start. Given a clean slate, Charlie trades in his 401K for a minimum wage job, finds a group of friends who teach him the significance of being a Chicagoan, and bunks up with an unexpected roommate. Along the way, he fumbles through a whole new series of romances… and a few old ones, too!
Regardless of these missteps, if Charlie can play his cards right, he just might end up with everything he’s always wanted. Or so he thinks.
About the Author
A native of Chicago, via South Korea, Michael Choi moved to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming the next Aaron Sorkin (minus the drug addiction), but ended up like Michael Scott working middle-management in the oh-so-glamorous world of television post production. Amongst life’s random course, including a turn spinning the ‘Big Wheel’ on The Price is Right, and a fledging career in professional baseball (middle-management again, not as a player. Although he looks fantastic in knee-high baseball pants), his passion for writing never waned, culminating in his first novel – Deep Dish.
When he’s not busy seeking out the perfect taco or toning his calves to perfection on the Peloton, Michael is in constant pursuit of experiences off the beaten path all throughout California which he chronicles on his travel blog – californiabychoice.com