I received an uncorrected proof copy of Twenty-one Truths About Love, by Matthew Dicks, from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. The book is completely comprised of lists. This was hard to adapt to at first, as a lot of the early lists seemed to be random thoughts, and made little sense to me. I kept thinking, “Well, where are the twenty-one truths?” However, near the end, they come to light.
The lists are Daniel Mayrock’s daily contemplations as he ponders over the slow growth of business in his book store. He regrets quitting his job and buying the store. His finances are tanking, and he hasn’t told his wife, who he loves deeply. She wants a baby. He knows they can’t afford it.
It’s a great story; definitely quirky and imaginative, but the whole list-thing is not my thing. Some say you can’t put it down. I’m sorry to have to say this, but I had no problem putting it down. On the other hand, there was some commentary on current social issues I was glad to see.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Knowing this is an ARC, not a published copy, I will go easy on the typos, and words capitalized that should not be. There are things, that based on most books I have reviewed, I suspect the publisher will let slide. For example, using “brings” in place of “takes”.