Twenty-one Truths About Love - Book Review

Back Cover Summary
This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances:

1. Dan wants to do something special.
2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary.
3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure.
4. He doesn't want to live in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.

Dan is also an obsessive list maker; his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.

This one-of-a-kind book is written entirely in lists, and if that seems confusing, let me explain further. When making a to-do list, we usually use a list format or bullet points. Well, Dan, the narrator, uses How-tos, listicles, and thought fragments to tell his story. The reading experience is quite like no other, and it needs a high level of concentration or else a crucial point may be missed. Here are a few of my favorite lists/thought fragments from the book:

Things I won't ever do
Stare at my phone while my kid is talking to me
Go one day without saying 'I love' you to my child
Force my kid to eat broccoli. Or Yams. F-ing yams.

My shortcomings
I don't have any truly close friends
I would rarely change the sheets on my bed if not for my wife
I procrastinate when it comes to tasks that require the use of the telephone

My takeaways from this book:
👆 Communication is essential, especially amongst spouses. Frequent and honest communication can save a lot of time and money, as well as save marriages.
👆 There is no love purer than a parent's love for their child.
👆 A man with integrity and a big heart will go to any length to protect his family.

'Twenty-one Truths About Love' was such a heartwarming read and I know I'll be reading other books by the author!

ᴍʏ ʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
ɢᴇɴʀᴇ &ᴛʜᴇᴍᴇꜱ:  Literary Fiction, Romance
ᴍᴀᴛᴜʀɪᴛʏ ʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ: 16+

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