The Interior Life

The Interior Life

19 chapters / 31220 words

Approximately about 3 hours to read


Twenty-three-year-old Eli Ivanovich is a failed musician who persists for all the wrong reasons. Eli's roommate, Tucker Cardin, takes carpe diem to the extreme as he oscillates between unethical business ventures and intense bouts of drinking and hooking up. Eugene Dupree, Eli's best friend, is kind-hearted and naïve and attempts suicide when his girlfriend of six years suddenly ditches him. A setting of downtown Kansas City Missouri, a flamboyant conductor, a prostitute-turned-real-estate investor, and two hundred cacti complete this satirical novel about people's strategies as they search for happiness.


Comedy, Novel, Urban




over 4 years ago blue history said:

I read all of chapter two, and it left me at a good cliffhanger. Great job!

There were quite a few grammar and spelling mistakes. Like, when you said "half" instead of "have" somewhere. I would scan back through.

The only problem is that I wasn't hooked until that point. I would arouse some mystery in the beginning of the chapter instead of leaving it all for the end. Maybe this opinion is biased since I only read the second chapter (the first one with a story, by the way. I counted the one with quotes as the first.).

Anyway, keep writing!


over 4 years ago Lyndsey Bromley said:

I've read through about three chapters so far, and I think you have some pretty solid writing skills. Eli's character seems realistic, as does her dialogue with her mother, which is something a lot of novels don't quite grasp. Also, your narrative style flows nicely.

From what I've read, I like it! Continue writing, you have talent.


over 4 years ago Lord Charlotte said:

like it!

Beautiful world

over 4 years ago Alexia Fornah said:

I read the first chapter and it was really great. I enjoyed the names you gave to your characters. It gave them a personality without getting to know them.



over 4 years ago Vivi Aloha said:

Hey! So now I've read chapters 5-10. This story is getting better and better!

You did a good job of showing how different Eli was from his family. His father seems proud of his brother, but not him. I was wondering where the mom was? Also, I could completely connect with Lady Macbeth. It was really weird because I am exactly like her except I'm not homeschooled or as good at playing cello as her.

I felt so bad for King Charles and Eugene. King Charles has such a funny personality, but everyone kind of hates him for it. And Eugene is having such a rough time! I seriously love your characters! Btw, when Tucker says those racist comments and Luciana talks about her love life, I'd suggest putting a warning saying there is some mature content in this story just so readers know ahead of time. I was really surprised to find out Eli was gay. Totally unexpected.

These chapters were so good! My only problem was chapter 10. I was really confused when Eli was talking about doing homework and the Fairy Queen. It took me awhile to realize it was a flashback. Maybe you could mention that before that chapter starts. But otherwise, great job and I can't wait to finish reading it!


over 4 years ago Vivi Aloha said:

Hi! I've been really busy lately so I've only gotten up to chapter 4 right now, but I will continue reading this. I LOVE THE CELLO! I've been playing cello for 4 years, so I could completely connect with Eli when he said he had problems making the music sound musical and not technical.

This story is very unique. I haven't read anything like it before. It was a little more mature than most books I've read so there were some parts I was a bit confused on. I loved the names of the characters, but it was redundant to same the full name over and over. Instead of saying Valerie the Nostalgic Prostitute each time she talked, I think you could shorten it to Valerie sometimes.

I liked how the main character's life was kind of bland, but interesting to follow. His roommate seems crazy. And I hope Eugene gets better. The characters were insanely well-developed. And one question. What does UMKC stand for? I didn't know what it meant so I didn't grasp how the girl looked like she was from UMKC.

Overall, I love the dry humor of this story. It makes it so much different from all of the stories I've read on her. And I mean it when I say that I will be reading more and I'll leave a review for those chapters too. Great job!!!