Twenty-one Truths About Love
From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists.
Daniel Mayrock's life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true:
1. He loves his wife Jill... more than anything.
2. He only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop a little (maybe more than a little)
3. Jill is ready
I loved Twenty-one Truths About Love!
Twenty-one Truths About Love is a humorous, quirky, and endearing read about one man’s fears, anxiety about impending fatherhood, feelings (mostly of inadequacy), and the minutiae of daily life all detailed in the lists that he makes constantly throughout the day and night.
Dan makes lists. Dan writes lists mostly about: his financial ...more
1. It’s often hilarious
2. Except when it isn’t
3. I LOVE lists
4. But an entire book written in list form gets annoying after a while (maybe like this review?)
5. Read it as you would a book of essays and set it down in between.
6. My husband wasn’t annoyed when I read some of the items on the list out loud, and actually chuckled
7. Dan loves his wife
8. Dan’s wife is pregnant
9. Dan’s wife is sweet
10. Dan is jealous of his wife’s dead husband
11. Dan doesn’t share ...more
Dan is overwhelmed and anxiety ridden. His former therapist suggested that he "log" his feelings. Dan does so in the form of "obsessive ...more
Despite being told purely in the form of lists, it doesn’t take long to get the gist of the story. 1) Dan has left teaching to open a bookstore. 2) The bookstore is losing money and they’re on the verge of going broke. 3) Jill doesn’t know this. 4) Jill wants a baby and becomes pregnant. 5) Jill is a widow. 6) dan writes lists about every idiot ...more
1. The fact the book was written entirely in lists was really creative.
2. Amidst everything that went on in the book, it’s really a story about love, fear, and family.
3. Many of Dan’s thoughts are surprisingly on par with mine.
Things I didn’t enjoy about this book:
1. The list format started to wear me down.
2. There was one particular plotline that I found really irksome.
3. Darned book made me cry...
Dan left his teaching job to run a bookstore. It wasn’t as easy ...more
Seven years ago I read Matthew Dicks ‘Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend’ and loved it, so I was anxious to check out his latest, ’Twenty-one Truths About Love.’
While the idea of a novel written entirely in lists sounds a bit out of the ordinary, the reality is that this one allows the reader to slowly get to know Daniel Mayrock, his personal insecurities about his marriage to Jill, the potential success (or failure) of his bookshop, bills – that are now more imposing ...more
While at times I wished for some traditional narrative, I was in awe of all I felt about the characters and how connected I was to this story. Overall, I was grateful for this depiction ...more
Dan loves his wife Jill and he can't entirely figure out what an amazing woman like her is doing with a regular ol' guy like ...more
Dan reminded me a lot of Don from The Rosie Project and he had me laughing out loud one moment and feeling empathy for him the next. Overall, this was a quirky, touching novel.
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Reason for Dan's lists? He saw a therapist who suggested journaling, which he thought sucked. So list making was a compromise and is now a habit, a way to think things out and make sense of things on paper. But for Dan "a habit is just an obsession that pretends to the ...more
The list thing did wear on me by the 52% mark, but I still wanted to find out if Jill and Dan were going to have an honest discussion about what he was keeping from her. So that kept me reading and I was ...more
Our protagonist is Daniel Mayrock who quit being a teacher and opened a bookstore instead. Through lists, the reader learns of why he did that and also his constant questioning of his career move. Daniel is also hiding the book store’s financial health from ...more
There was one major plot point in the book that confused me (won't name specifics because spoilers) because of how drastic it was and also how quickly it was wrapped up. Also, I felt like for a bookshop owner, Daniel didn't seem to like books much–I wish it ...more
The shtick of this book is that it's told entirely in list form. No dialogue, no narrative, nothing. Just lists. It did wear a little thin at ...more
In my reading experience, I found it a bit tedious, if I'm being honest; and it didn't read as quickly as I was in the mood for. The main character is a bit unlikeable and just ...more
A 300+ page book written entirely in lists? Sounds interesting, right? At the onset, the format felt fresh and fun and lent itself to a quick read, but quickly, I realized there was a reason this style hadn't been used before - it's fun and ...more
Twenty-One Truths About Love is a novel told exclusively in a series of lists. Quite the twist on the epistolary format, it gives a unique structure to the novel. As I approached this book I must admit that I was nervous that this had the potential to come off as a gimmick. But when I delved into Matthew Dicks's novel I was taken in by Dan's humble nature and the vulnerability that Dicks allows him to show as he navigates his way through his fears and failings.
The Story: Daniel Mayrock ...more
1. The author, Matthew Dicks is a brave man.
2. His new book written completely in lists.
3. I liked it a first, but I soon wanted a meatier story.
4. Told from Dan’s perspective. Dan seems to have either OCD or an anxiety disorder – or both.
5. Dan owns a bookstore. He keeps the true state of the bookstore finances from his wife.
6. Dan’s wife Jill is a widow. Dan fears that he will never measure up to Jill’s first husband.
7. Jill gets pregnant.
8. Dan still ...more
1. It’s funny and made me laugh out loud quite a few times.
2. It’s wonderful to see how much Dan loves his wife and how he respects her grief over the loss of her first husband.
3. I loved the bookstore atmosphere and the monthly ...more
And well, Matthew Dicks TOTALLY DID IT. And he made me cry at the end. Because of LISTS.
It's very hard to describe what I just read, basically the entire "prose" is lists. "Things I'm scared of" "Bills to pay" "To do list" - and it's formulated in such an order that it tells a story. And adorable and ...more
2. I love books
3. I loved this unique style of story-telling
4. I love quick reads
5. I thought I knew how the book would resolve
6. I was wrong
7. I didn't enjoy the ending
8. Everything wrapped up in a perfect little bow
9. I did not like how judgmental he was
(Slight spoilers below)
10. I don't appreciate people getting away with things with no consequences
11. SO MUCH White Male Privilege
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this. I had heard that the whole book was a bunch of lists. Didn’t quite know how that was going to work but it really did. These aren’t just lists but more like observations within lists. And they are funny as ...more
At least thirty times while reading this, I stopped and thought to myself, Matthew Dicks and I need to be best friends. That was even ...more
10. Living well is the best revenge. If that doesn't work, bide your time. You can always ruin your enemy's life at a later date.”