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Book Review: Too Many White Men, by J.G. Alt

Since I usually read YA urban fantasy/Sci-fi, sometimes I forget how gratifying Adult fiction can be!

TMWM touches on almost every controversial subject that there is: racism, sexism, religion… and I either completely agreed or completely disagreed with every part of it. So I was smiling, frowning, shaking my head, rolling my eyes, smirking and “tsk-ing” the whole time! And I loved it! There was, though,  one thought that remained unchanged throughout the entire book: “I wish I could write like this!”

My page-turner check marks go to: ✓Writing/Craftsmanship, ✓Premise/Theme and ✓Characterization

4.2 stars rating

Amazon’s book description:

Looks can be deceiving.
Full of mishaps, blunders, follies, injustice, and moral awareness, Too Many White Men is an eye opener filled with love, laughs, and new beginnings. Life is what we make of it and sometimes we need someone to take us by the hand and lead us back onto the path when we go astray.
Dan Wilson is no spring chicken. His wife is gone, he’s lost his job, and now he’s lost his sense of purpose. To make matters worse he is charged with a hate crime. Just as he’s about to become a bitter, cynical old fart he runs into a beautiful young woman who will do her damnedest to open his eyes to the world. Find out if she does in Too Many White Men.

Goodreads book description:

What does a man do when he’s deemed irrelevant, past his prime, considered just one of too many white men?
Dan Wilson has lost his wife, his career, and his sense of self-worth. Heading into the twilight of life, he’s been deemed a member of society no longer wanted or needed, and just when he’s convinced things can get no worse, he’s charged with the commission of a hate crime.
Too Many White Man is an irreverent poke in the eye of political correctness gone haywire. A cautionary tale about what happens when a society’s good intentions cause its members to lose sight of what diversity and inclusion where meant to foster and protect.

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My Review

TMWM is the story of Dan, a widower, how a pending trial for an alleged hate crime affects his unsatisfactory life and how the sexy, exotic, deliciously insane Amelie turns it upside down.

TMWM starts slow but tension builds up steadily. So there I was, reading and reading not knowing exactly where the story was going but not really caring  because I liked J.G. Alt’s writing very much! Word after word, sentence after sentence… pages went by and I was enthralled all the way to the crazy end! An Amelie-crazy kind of  end that could make TMWM a really good movie.

Even though this is J.G. Alt’s first novel I could tell J.G. Alt is an experienced writer.  The structure and flow of the sentences, the pace, the imaginative and witty prose, the crafty descriptions… it all makes this book a very enjoyable read. I loved every page of it  (well… except for a couple of pages here and there; more on that below.)

The romance between Dan and Amelie…  hilarious! They meet and in HOURS… instant, steamy, love! I thought that happened only in YA books! I actually don’t have an issue with that. I happen to believe in instant love and I find it refreshing when it happens to adults. Other readers may find difficult to relate to it, though. Some of my favorite Dan and Amelie’s quotes:

I’ve known her fewer than twenty- four hours, but already I’m hopelessly in love. Love to watch her take in the world. She has an intelligence about her, a seriousness, as if one can see her mind at work. I imagine her artist’s eye, artist’s brain, artist’s soul, collecting data, making it her own, I love to watch Amélie. She takes my breath away.

My heart flutters, races, like I’m sixteen and on my first date with the most beautiful girl in the school. The maturity of the gardens, the patrons, the staff, makes our age difference seem like centuries rather than decades.

I also loved to read about Dan’s struggles with the corporate world. His HR department is just ridiculous! An example of the mediocrity he has to endure:

“You, you need to be more creative in how you motivate your staff, Dan. You need to come up with other ways to get them to pick up the extra work.” “Such as?” “Oh, we have team building programs and exercises, you could have pot luck lunches, bring donuts every so often . . .”

 

TMWM also deals with some reversed sexism and racism. Here is where I had difficulties relating because I found Dan a little self-indulgent but J.G. Alt’s good writing still made me feel his pain:

“But why is it my turn now? I’ve not done anything wrong. I’ve wronged no one. No one in my family has wronged anyone. One of my ancestors even fought in the Civil war, on the side of the north, to end slavery, for goodness sake.

At least in the good old days, a guy my age would most likely be dead by now. Sometimes I wish it.”

Ouch! Dan’s POV is so well-written that I could feel his solitude, angsts and fears. It had me wondering how much of TMWM was maybe a memoir.

Amelie… I loved her so much I set up very high standards for her! and she let me down a little! There were a few pages toward the end where she became just a device to build Dan up! I Think J.G. Alt’s POVs got a little mixed up there. I  bet Dan wished, wanted Amelie to say those things about him, maybe she even thought about Dan in such way BUT here was NO WAY my beloved smart, strong, independent, defiant Amelie would have said the things she said to Dan!  Sorry… but I had to roll my eyes!   Hope it gets removed in future editions! 🙂

And… I will know! because I will be following J.G. Alt’s work closely! looking forward to more of his books. Maybe a sequel?

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