In one of my previous posts I mentioned how much I had enjoyed the funny musings of Justin Halpern and his dad and recommended everyone read his amazingly funny Sh*t My dad Says. On that same day, the good folks at Bookperk informed me through email that Justin Halpern’s latest book I Suck at Girls was their daily deal. I hadn’t even realised he had published anything after Sh*t My Dad Says (I guess I had really been living in a bubble while in Switzerland). So call it what you will, coincidence, fate, kismet, karma…but off to the library I went.
On the eve of proposing to his long-time girlfriend, Amanda, Justin meets with his dad for lunch to announce his plans. In his usual manner, and with the same straightforward, no nonsense humour that made us love him in Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin’s dad tells him to take a day to think about everything he has ever learned about women, love, sex and relationships. What follows is Justin’s humorous account of these reflections, starting with his first crush in childhood, his first kiss, loss of virginity and ultimately meeting Amanda in adulthood.
Although not as funny as Sh*t My Dad Says, and there definitely is not enough of Justin’s dad, I Suck at Girls is a poignant and touching account of the trials and tribulations we all face on our journey to find love and acceptance. Many of Justin’s experiences and insecurities, dilemmas, fears and hopes are universal, something each and every one of us has dealt with at some point and this is what makes this book so endearing. There are many new characters introduced, including Justin’s brothers, childhood friends and coworkers who were all amusing, but the whole time I was reading I just kept wishing there had been more of his dad’s awesomely funny and insightful quotes.
All in all a satisfying and quick read (only took a few hours) and one I would recommend, especially for the men out there.
I give I Suck at Girls 3.5/5 stars.
For those following along: Goodreads Seasonal Reading Challenge Task 5.7 – Raven the Trickster
As a side note, while preparing this post, I stumbled upon Sam Halpern’s debut novel A Far Piece to Canaan, and after reading the blurb had to add it to my to-be-read list. Check it out here and happy reading everyone!