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Twenty-one Truths About Love
Twenty-one Truths About Love: A Novel | Matthew Dicks
22 posts | 17 read | 30 to read
From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists. 1. Daniel Mayrock loves his wife Jill...more than anything. 2. Dan quit his job and opened a bookshop. 3. Jill is ready to have a baby. 4. Dan is scared; the bookshop isnt doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. 5. Dan hasnt told Jill about their financial trouble. Hes ashamed. 6. Then Jill gets pregnant. This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesnt just want to save his failing bookstore and his familys financeshe wants to become someone. 1. Dan wants to do something special. 2. Hes a man who is tired of feeling ordinary. 3. Hes sick of feeling like a failure. 4. Of living in the shadow of his wifes deceased first husband. Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dans 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 hes willing to anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.
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Reecaspieces
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Mehso-so

Review is up on my blog. This one is different...check it out https://reecaspieces.com/2019/11/19/twenty-one-truths-about-love-by-matthew-dick...

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BookNAround
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Mail call today. 😁

NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this book. Curious to know your opinion 😊 3w
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Kristy_K
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Pickpick

I think your liking of this book will be largely dependent on if you can read a whole book composed solely of lists. I will admit it got old after a while, but Dan‘s quirks and self-actualizations made it worth the read.

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.

#netgalley #arc

Alfoster Agree! I was skeptical but amazed at how much I liked it!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

A story about a man, his relationship, and his failing bank account, told completely in lists. It's a fun concept and I think the author thinks in lists, so this was a natural approach for him.

In my reading experience, I found it a bit tedious; it didn't read as quickly as I was in the mood for. The main character is a bit unlikeable and just needs to tell his wife about the finances, and she wouldn't spend $212 on a purse!

MelissaSue81 Yes! Could not stand this main character.. and the climax of the story was just so ridiculous, I couldn‘t even deal with it. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @MelissaSue81 I think it just felt kind of lazy in the end. 1mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Twenty-one Truths About Love is one of the most unique books I have ever read. The entire length of the book is 100% lists. And while you are probably thinking that will never work, it totally did.

For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/10/28/twenty-one-truths-about-love-book-revie...

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin‘s Press for an Advanced Reader‘s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cinfhen I read this and LOVED IT TOO❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ (edited) 1mo
Alfoster OMG—I laughed out loud during most of this book! Husband gave me the stink eye more than once!❤️ 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks I enjoyed this, too ❣️ 1mo
BethM So I scrolled too fast and read 21 truths about dicks... 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Crazeedi I am sooooo all about lists! I have them everywhere!! 1mo
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GirlWellRead
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I'm not going to lie, at first I was disappointed when I discovered that the whole book was made up of lists, I mean...who wants to read lists? Well, when they are written by Matthew Dicks you do. We learn about what it is like to be flawed and human through this unique book. This narrative style could have easily failed, but instead, readers will be utterly enchanted by the raw beauty of this novel. It was moving, funny, and incredibly real.

Nute Interesting! I‘m stacking! 3w
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Pickpick

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC. Enjoyed this quick read. The novel is written in the form of lists. Written from the first person narrative of Dan Mayrock, it chronicles his life, his wife, Jill whom he lives a lot, and his family. The novel shows how far Dan can go, his encounters at the bookstore that he owns, his fears on becoming a father, Jill‘s dead husband, Dan‘s own father who abandoned him, and his endless delightful relatable thoughts.

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Cinfhen
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A story written and told entirely through a series of lists sounds super gimmicky and super annoying ~ and it was and wasn‘t. Through Dan‘s lists we come to understand what makes Dan the man he is, his unwavering love for his wife, his bitterness towards his father, and why potentially robbing The Daughters of the American Revolution Bingo Hall might be the answer to all of his financial woes. I absolutely adored this quirky gem. #NetGalley

TrishB Sounds fun 👍🏻 3mo
KarenUK I just pre-ordered this on kindle after reading your goodreads review! I read his book about the imaginary friend, and really liked it, and this sounds just my cuppa tea! 💕 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m sooo happy!!! And I definitely want to read his other book now @KarenUK 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m about to start ON Earth @TrishB I‘m sure you‘ll catch up to me by Sunday ❤️ 3mo
TrishB 😁 can‘t get this book on kindle in U.K. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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List part 2 (continuation of the list from previous post )
Because this is funny!!! And actually true #NetGalley #ARC

TrishB 😂😂 3mo
Cinfhen I ended up LOVING this book @TrishB ♥️ 3mo
CarolynM I take issue with the assertion that I am a Rock has shit lyrics. It has alliteration FFS!😂 3mo
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CarolynM I apologise. I've just read that again and picked up the all important "the". ? Serves me right for skimming through Litsy posts instead of treating them with the respect they deserve. 3mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @CarolynM I‘m glad you and Matthew Dicks agree on the merits of Paul Simon‘s song 😘 3mo
Aimeesue Pharrell's "room without a roof" lyric has been puzzling me for AGES! 3mo
Cinfhen So many lyrics make zero sense @Aimeesue 😜This book was really entertaining 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue Hahaha. 2mo
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Cinfhen
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I can‘t decide if I love this book or hate this book?!? It‘s written entirely in list format (SUPER GIMMICKY) but some of these lists are actually hilarious 😂 #ARC #NetGalley

Megabooks I apparently already have this on my TBR, but I love these two posts!! ❣️❣️ 3mo
Sweettartlaura Sometimes a gimmick works 💁🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Cinfhen I ended up REALLY loving this screwball book @Megabooks sometimes a gimmick DOES work!!!!!! @Sweettartlaura 💟😜 3mo
Crazeedi I make lists all the time, so I maybe get this style! I'll have to look for this!! 3mo
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MelissaSue81
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I didn‘t mind the story in lists format at all. I just completely hated the main character from start to finish. He was pathetic and made ridiculous choices. 6 months of him running out of money and instead of just getting a job.. he plots to rob a bingo hall? The climax was utterly absurd. Not for me. #reviewathon book 6 #readingrush book 8 #24b4monday.. 7ish hours

TheBookKeepers Right, the format is the only part that made it interesting lol! 3mo
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Betty
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This fun novel is told in lists. I texted this quote to my daughter who is a gummy candy connoisseur. She texted back the photo of what‘s in her kitchen. #netgalley @StMartinsPress

Chili 🤣 5mo
tpixie Fun!!! 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

This is a novel told in lists. I wasn‘t sure whether this would be a hit or miss. For me, it turns out to be something in between. Dicks advances the plot remarkably well in this format. Overall, this was an entertaining and enjoyable read, but the middle third dragged a bit. #netgalley

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Well-ReadNeck
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👏🏼👊🏼🙌🏼 🤓

wanderinglynn Is the author referring to Alderaan being blown up as the “billions of innocent people” that Vader killed? 6mo
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kristenconnal
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This book will make you laugh. Dan writes lists, about everything. Throughout his lists, Dan struggles with regret from quitting his job, and of jealousy of his wife‘s dead husband. The lists show his journey to acceptance with himself, his absent father, and his marriage.

It‘s a fast read and an enjoyable one. * Thanks to NetGalley for my copy

* Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital copy in exchange for review.

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TheBookKeepers
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Aside from this being a so so read for me, I did have several quotes highlighted! This one was a gem lol!

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TheBookKeepers
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Mehso-so

I started off loving this book, but lost interest about half way through. The story is told entirely from lists which I found very unique & the humor throughout was entertaining. The more I got to know the MC, Dan, the less I liked or connected with him as a person & the way all of his problems get solved at the end just didn‘t quite fit. Again, I loved the concept of a story told using only lists - but it needs more depth or a more relatable MC.

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Rissa1
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I was worried I wouldn't like a book composed entirely of lists. I should not have worried. I loved it. A quick read, with moments of laughter. I felt a ridiculous connection to Dan.
#24b4monday @StMartinsPress

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Rissa1
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Kayla.Adriena 🌱🌸🌷 7mo
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Rissa1
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❤❤❤

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Rissa1
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Time for sleep. 1 book finished, 100 pages into book 2. I don't have much on the agenda tomorrow, hopefully that translates to a lot of reading hours. #24b4monday

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