Martin, a 24 year old freelance photographer, in between gigs is looking for the perfect muses for his "love project".
After getting an invitation to his ex girlfriend's wedding, battling over whether he should go, decides to seek out the perfect date to bring. Only one problem, he only has three weeks to find her. After several attempts, he unexpectedly stumbles upon someone that he just instantly connects with.
He has to grow so fast emotionally that he feels like he just got hit by a speeding bus. Not only is Frances fourteen years Martin's senior, but she's all about putting Zen into relationship, which involves every guy's worst nightmare: talking about your feelings, being conscious of your thoughts and above all, unabashed, honest communication at all times. Martin has no idea what he is getting himself into and the sharp learning curve that's required of him especially when he's in the mood for sex and she wants Zen.
If ever a cliche be true, it would be about this book to not judge it by its' cover. I bet many of you might had thought the same thing and formed the same predictable conclusion. Here's a book that is written by a man and if you skimmed the chapters, you probably already formed an idea what this book was going to be about. I mean, let's be honest. After looking at that picture and reading the title, I was left with some nagging thoughts about what this guy is going to say about romance.
This book was not what I thought. It was so better than my initial expectations. I feel this book will appeal to both women and men because there is something each can relate to from it besides your stomach bursting from laughing so much. This was one of those romantic comedies that was just laugh out loud funny at times and just absolutely one of those books that you just want to keep reading not only for its appeal but for its shared experiences to the characters.
What was enjoyable was that enlightening and refreshing male perspective that he gave to the main character which gave the story such depth, humor and its addictive appeal. Many stories involving romance usually are influenced by women, so it was a very interesting read seeing the story through a guy's point of view. That first person narrative told through the eyes of Martin, really enabled the reader to put yourself in his shoes and really experience his feelings, insecurities, and that it's not just women who want to be in love. Guys have feelings too.
All the characters in the book had their own unique distinction qualities that made them equally enjoyable. Considering the author's screenwriting background, it is so evident how they just seamlessly blended together to get the perfect visual that just leaps from the pages.
The overall book was just the right pace and length and it was definitely easy to follow. Considering that I am one of those very conservative people who hardly ever get it, for me to laugh as much as I did, it must be funny. My advice of caution is to read this alone because you will laugh so much that you might get looks. So, if you want to be entertained and looking for something light and funny, give it a try! I think you'll really enjoy it.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 4/11/13