Monday, June 2, 2014

Sex in the Title: A Comedy about Dating, Sex, and Romance in NYC (Back When Phones Weren't So Smart) by Zack Love

1 Star
Once upon a time, in a land far far away there lived a girl who wrote one-line reviews and was flattered to receive a request from an author to read/review a new book for free. Once downloaded, the girl immediately forgot about said freebie and continued making her thrice weekly treks to the local crackhouse library (stole that from Shelby). Months passed and the girl began to poke around on her Kindle only to find this forgotten title. She figured it was high time she read it – and was instantly reminded why she has since made a policy to say no to author requests.

Sex in the Title was clearly aspiring to be something great. In fact, 85% through the story there’s even a reference to said greatness:

Sadly, this little tale was not so money that it didn’t even know it.

In “Swingers,” Trent and his friends are total d-bags, but Favreau’s timing is so spot-on and his characters so over-the-top that it’s instantly forgivable and you still pretty much want to bang them (especially Sue. Good godamighty Sue). The same can’t be said for Evan and his friends in Sex in the Title. They’re just pretty much douchebags and are so one-dimensional that it can’t be overlooked. Kind of like:

This book was supposed to be a funny take on romance/relationships from a male perspective. It wasn't. The characters were so schmarmy that each chapter left me feeling like I needed to get tested for the clap without even touching them. And the humor? Sophomoric would be a step up (and I’m a gal that generally loves some lowbrow humor). There’s just nothing good I can say about this one : (

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