Top critical review
on 24 August 2012
As a fan of Matt Rudd's journalism and a new mum, I went in filled with many warm, fuzzy expectations - I really wanted to like this book.
Exaggerating for effect and making people cringe are mainstays of comic writing, but here they're taken to pointless extremes. The lead character alternates between being utterly gutless and verging on psycho, while his wife forgives her best friend everything and her husband nothing - they both come across as very unlikeable. The plot was ludicrous and, well, it just wasn't very funny, unless you really like histrionic idiocy. I want to slap pretty much every character silly. It's such a pity - Rudd could have been more restrained and realistic and it would have been funnier, more humane - and just better.