Ok, so I know I invented RfP Wednesday and everything, and I also know that I've totally dropped the ball on it for the past few weeks. Things have been crazy. Not a lot of time for reading for pleasure when one is doing all of the crap I've been doing. That said, this past weekend I made some time for what might be The Dumbest Book in the World - if Not of All Time. In Twenty Times a Lady, the idea is basically that the protagonist (named Delilah, of all things) realizes that she's slept with 20 men in her life (and while the book states repeatedly she's about to turn 30, the years of graduation from college, the references, etc. actually put her at 32, my age, but whatever), realizes that she's a Big Whore, and so decides that she must track down every man that she's ever had sex with to see if she can make it work with one of them, and if not that she will have to be celibate so as not to be a Bigger Whore. There are so many things wrong with this, just from the get-go. But I will continue, for nobody should have to read this entire book. Enter an Irish neighbor named Colin who is h-o-t hot and who is a bartender/actor and on the side helps his father with his private investigation business. Oh, and he also drives a beat-up vespa. And did I mention that the neighbor and Delilah live in the East Village? Of course they do. Anyway, the point here is that only when Colin comes in as the Voice of Reason to tell Delilah that she's an ass for thinking that 20 makes a Big Whore does she start to come around. Of course, predictably, Delilah and Colin fall in love, and then there are Obstacles, and then they live Happily Ever After. The end.
Now, I read the chick lit fairly regularly, and I'm no book snob. But this book was both offensive AND silly at the same time. Sad. Just a sad excuse for a book. I recommend that every person alive try to write a book and to get it published, for clearly good ideas, a compelling plot, and/or interesting characters are not necessary in this day and age. Oh, and add in a female protagonist who entirely internalizes misogyny, and you can't go amiss.
That said, I read the whole thing, so what kind of chump am I?
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