Sometimes, you really just need a fun, short book to get your through a reading slump or let’s be honest, to get you through the day. Men to Avoid in Art and Life is the perfect book for that. Each page features a piece of art where women look less than pleased with the men near her and includes a short quote about what ridiculous thing the men might be saying.
So now that you know a little bit about it, let’s get to the review!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Started as a Twitter thread and quickly gained widespread popularity, this book perfectly captures those relatable moments when a man explains to a woman a subject about which he knows considerably less than she does. Situations include these men in art and antiquity sharing keen insight on the female anatomy, an eloquent defense of catcalling, or offering sage advice about horseback riding to the woman who owns the horse and many more situations.
The book is split up into five different categories of men: The Mansplainer, The Concern Troll, The Comedian, The Sexpert, and The Patronizer. As you can imagine or if you’ve been on Twitter or been a woman in public, the things these men say to women are words they should keep in their heads. And sadly, the things they say might be all too familiar to some of you.
Because of the looks on the women’s faces and the clearly snarky tone to the book, this was really fun to read. I’ve been reading a few books lately that I haven’t loved (I just DNF’d one), so this felt like a breath of fresh air.
I haven’t read a truly funny book in a long time so it felt really good to laugh while reading. I’ve read so many great (and funny) threads on Twitter and it’s interesting to see how this one was was turned into a book.
I’m giving Men to Avoid in Art and Life 4 out of 5 stars.
Men to Avoid in Art and Life comes out August 11, 2020.
Thanks to NetGalley and Chronical Books for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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