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Hang-Ups and Hangovers Paperback – March 18, 2016
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But the book grew on me.
First off, let me point out some negatives, most of which have to do with personal taste or perception.
1-Originally I thought this book was an erotica type of book. I don't remember what gave me that perception, but I had it. This is definitely NOT erotica. Nor is it romance. This is modern dating in all its awful depravity and emptiness. But because I expected erotica, and because there were a few sexy scenes, I was disappointed. The sexy scenes were not good, in my opinion. These sexy scenes are what happens when you get a guy writing a sexy scene. All precise and to the point. No pun intended!
2- This book is unusual in the sense I saw the author grow as a writer throughout the book. In the first part some descriptions were - out of place. So out of place and awkward they kind of jarred me out of the story. But by the middle to end of the book it flowed much smoother. I am not sure who the editor was but they should have spent more time on the first part of the book.
3-This book was - at times - a bit teachy. I do not consider myself part of the "redpill" set when it comes to dating and male and female relationships, but I am somewhat familiar with them and do agree with some points. There is definitely a redpill mindset behind this book, and the author is a bit heavy-handed at times in "teaching" this mindset to young men reading the book through the character interactions. This may be what your looking for, but it bored/irritated me so I marked it as a negative.
I wavered more on rating this book than any others I can remember, my decisions ranging from 1-5. I finally decided on a four, and here are the reasons it got such a positive rating from me despite the fact this book left me with a sour taste in my mouth for modern dating, and a reminder of why I generally hate people.
1- It's real. No question - this is not a fluffy sappy romance book. Not even remotely so. There is no romance. Alright, so there are a few brief glimpses of romance, but they are incredibly brief and quickly die cruel deaths. No, there is no romance. Only casual banging of sluts and the desperation of a young man trying to grow more confident and sure of himself. But it's real. The characters react like real people do - real annoying, obnoxious, self-centered, arrogant people. This is how real life is.
2- There is character progression - but realistic character progression. There is no fairy tale ending because life is not a fairy tale. But we do have a young man growing as a person, and when we leave off he still has more growing to do. There are still problems, still obstacles. But there is also demonstrative growth as a person. Whether you think it is the right growth is a different question - I personally think not. But there is still growth and character progression.
3-This book has charisma. Nothing I can put my finger on it. But once I picked it up and really started reading it, I couldn't stop. Even when I hated it, I couldn't stop. I had to keep reading - Is it going to get better? Do the characters become more likeable? (Yes - somewhat). I couldn't just walk away, even when I kind of wanted to. That is rare in a book. Usually if I don't like it I have to talk myself into keeping on reading. But this one refuses to let go of you. This quality alone is enough to earn a four star review. I can't remember the last time I hated a book at some time or another but still had to keep reading it.
4-I normally hate first person viewpoint. It feels like ever since a CERTAIN kink series came out, every indie/erotica author feels the need to write in first person. This book actually worked in first person though, because the book isn't about a relationship with another person whose viewpoint you never really see. It's about one person - so the first person works.
5- Speaking of the viewpoint, the viewpoint was that of a male in the dating scene, and gave an interesting perspective of a normal every-day guy dealing with a lot of bitchy girls in bars and clubs. It must suck to be a guy in those places - this book made me think even more than it sucks for a woman.
Did I enjoy the book? Not really. I find the whole modern bar/club scene to be distasteful and sordid. There are few human connections in this book, just as there are few real human connections in the bar and club scenes. I would like to see more real connections. I was left feeling empty and a bit depressed. That said, I believe there is a sequel I will be reading soon, and perhaps things improve. :)
But if you are looking for a frequently hilarious, fairly well-written book on realistic modern dating - then this book is RIGHT up your alley. You should buy it.
The storyline and mindset behind the book is very realistic and accurately portrays ideas that guys have discussed with me before.
It may make you more analytical of every bar night going forward, but you'll enjoy learning about the author through his work.