Sunday, December 29, 2013

Non Friction by Morgan Parker Review

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of. 

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rockstar, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it. 

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other. 

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist. It starts with... well... }i{ . 

Note: the f-word is used 231 times in various formats throughout this story. Read with caution.

My Review
I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Where do I start with Non Friction? At first, I truly hated Morgan. He reminded me of all the things that irritate me about some people. He is full of himself, he's been lazy in his marriage, he's never satisfied with what he has. He gets a wake up call when his wife walks out on him, taking his young daughter with her. His response? He quits going to work, then quits his job, and writes a novel about text messages. He's lucky in that his book does make the Amazon best sellers list and he has some decent royalties coming in. However, he is convinced that this sole tidbit of success is going to make him a gazillionaire. It's disgusting, really.

We spend the rest of the book going between his lust/affair with Emma, who is a fan and author, and his wife in marriage counseling. The counselor gives them an assignment to create something that incorporates pictures of the other. His wife, Princess Bitch as he calls her, is mean and hateful to him even though she requested the counseling. Morgan begins to write a love story about Oliver and Olivia. I got confused at times with the names being so similar so I had to re-read them at times. 

There are a lot of things going on in this book. Morgan's self-discovery is probably the most important, but it sometimes got overshadowed by his arrogance. Emma sent more mixed messages than most and Princess was just plain confusing. I couldn't understand why they kept spending so much money on a process that was clearly not working. 

The disclaimer states that the f-word was used 231 times, but shit storm was used quite a lot as well. It is interesting to read a romance novel written from the man's POV. This story didn't really resonate with me, but it wasn't bad either. 3 out of 5!


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