What I’m Reading: The End of Men

32319738From the bookjacket:
Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are women who aren’t afraid to take it all. Whether spearheading a pregnancy lingerie company, conspiring to return a husband to his ex-wife, lusting after an old lover while in a satisfying marriage, or trying to balance motherhood and work—they are sexy, determined, and not looking for a simple happily ever after. Through punchy, hilarious, and insightful storytelling, The End of Men shatters the confines of society, and more importantly, those we impose upon ourselves. 

My review:
It took me so long to finish reading this book that I honestly don’t even remember when I started it. I even thought about abandoning it on more than one occasion because the story line just was NOT picking up like I thought it would. Alas, I persevered thinking it would get better, but sadly it did not.

Anyway, the book sounded promising from the description, so I took advantage of the free download onto my Kobo thinking it would be a fun, light read after the heaviness of Into the Water. As it turned out, the storylines were rather anti-climatic and it seemed like a lot of them hit dead ends. I mean, the character who’s “conspiring to return a husband to his ex-wife” doesn’t actually conspire anything until the last 15% of the book. And the huge “riot” at the beginning? You’d think more emphasis would be made of that throughout the story but not so much. Highlighter guy … meh.

It almost seemed as though Rinaldi had 100 ideas floating around in her head for the storyline but couldn’t pick just one or two, so she jammed as many as her publisher would allow in.

In a nutshell? I’m glad I didn’t cough up the dough for this book and am giving it 2 stars out of 5 based solely on the fact that I didn’t completely abandon it.



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