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Twenty-one Truths About Love
Twenty-one Truths About Love: A Novel | Matthew Dicks
12 posts | 6 read | 8 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 isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. 5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble. He’s 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 doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances—he wants to become someone. 1. Dan wants to do something special. 2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary. 3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure. 4. Of living in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband. Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s 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 he’s willing to anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.
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MelissaSue81
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Panpan

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

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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 🤣 1mo
tpixie Fun!!! 7d
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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? 2mo
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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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Pickpick

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 🌱🌸🌷 4mo
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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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Rissa1
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