Not for me

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Who is Rich? by Matthew Klam

Book Review:  2 out of 5 star rating

I can’t recommend this one and only finished about half of it. Netgalley recommended this book in an email to me and I clicked on the link to see what it was about; however, that automatically placed it on my shelf to be read and reviewed.  I appreciate all the books I’ve received from Netgalley but I will definitely be more careful with their automatic email requests as I would not have chosen this one.

The main character is Rich Fischer, a married cartoonist who is teaching a class at an arts conference. The year before he had a brief fling with one of the students, Amy, who is married to a very rich guy but is unhappy.  Rich and Amy have been sending provocative emails to each other.  Now they’re together again at this conference.  The book basically takes a look at Rich’s struggles as an artist, as a husband and as a father.

I really did try to give this book a chance but it just wasn’t for me. It was very drawn out and I couldn’t find anything to grab hold of that would spark the slightest bit of interest.  The book is touted as being hilarious but I never laughed, not once.  I did think the author has a lot of insight into marriage and parenthood but it wasn’t enough to keep me wanting to read more.  Rich is too self-indulgent and whiny and I just couldn’t get through the whole book.  Who is Rich?  I just didn’t care enough to learn more.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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6 thoughts on “Not for me

  1. I did the same thing when Netgalley sent me the email. And yours is the second review saying Rich is whiny and self-involved. The other reviewer didn’t like the book either so I’m not feeling too confident that it’s going to be for me. Thanks for your honest review!

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  2. I find these autoclick e-mails so annoying, and they’re so rarely for books I’d actually choose to read. I’ve learned not to click now, but got caught once or twice. Sorry you ended up with one that didn’t work for you!

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  3. I just got another one from them saying to click on the cover you like best to vote for it and enter a contest and not thinking, yup, I clicked! Thank goodness the book I was voting on the cover for wasn’t even available for review yet. Whew! Almost did it again. Whenever I see a book, my clicking finger is much too fast! :))

    It would seem to me that this type of email campaign does a disservice to the author. Why compel a reviewer to review a book he/she hasn’t actually requested when it may very well end up in a negative review?

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