When I was in college, I knew a young man who was majoring in Women's Studies. He educated women students about the female experience and how they weren't as feminist as he was. If he wrote a novel, I imagine it would be like How to Be Safe. McAllister's female narrator doesn't sound like a woman to me, and the primary purpose of the novel seems to be as a vehicle for McAllister's opinions about gun violence and other issues. I didn't enjoy it.