Not being a “chick-lit” kind of guy, I am thankful for Declan’s honesty and tact in tempering some valid criticism with genuine praise. Visit A Pius Man Novel to read the full review, which I am excerpting in part here:
So, was it good? Sure. I’d give it about three to four stars, definitely leaning on A for effort, A for narrative style, and a B for execution.Why wouldn’t I give it five star? Well, I had to slog through a few pages here and there. Have you ever had the prose of a book turn you off? Five pages in, I was going to just stop reading, lie to Daria and say that something had come up and I wouldn’t finish this in time. There were at least two pages of mea culpa that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Thankfully, the cringe-worthy setup rhetoric was wonderfully deflated by more sarcastic, wry commentary. For example, describing “Tom… the male character in an ill-fated courtship that led to my starring role in a summer romance novel.” Or, perhaps,
“Samantha, one of the most glamorous girls in the group… never misses a Pilates class or dares to leave her house without flawless hair and makeup, even if she’s only headed to Publix..She fixed her big blue eyes upon me with the same intensity a prosecutor might employ while interrogating a witness.”
While not my usual thing, I liked it. There were moments at the beginning that I was tempted to shut things down, but thankfully, the narrative saved it. It keeps the rest of the book from becoming a collection of misery or a collection of sap. The narrative flow worked here.