Monday, March 8, 2010

Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male

Philip Nork

As each of us reflects on the earthly experiences that molded us, where does fact end and fiction begin?

Follow Phil through the confusing and challenging journey of self-discovery, and his yearning to become the "real" yet sensitive man he longs to be.

The practical life-lessons he learns along the way will serve any male who, like Phil, is determined to gain the respect and acceptance of the female gender.

But as Phil will also find out, a good thing used the wrong way has its dire consequences.

While Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male is a highly entertaining and unique trip back in time, the lessons Phil learns in his formative years are universal. Mars and Venus? The battle of the sexes? Men and women alike will enjoy the book that just might end the war. 

My Take:
The story we follow in "Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male" is definitely a unique one.  We follow  the experiences of a young Phil Nork, as he struggles with acceptance and his budding sexuality, all the while trying to apply lessons he learned from girls earlier on in his life.  While the events that take place in the book are not necessarily the most relatable, the feelings of loneliness and isolation are strangers to no one.  Philip Nork is a good story teller, for the most part his words flow freely and naturally, except when it comes to dialogue.  Much of the dialogue did not sound very conversational, sometimes, when I read it, I thought "no one really talks like that".  I especially liked the beginning of the book, the stories were sweet, innocent and  extremely engaging.  My attention waned about mid story, but I was pleasantly surprised with the beginning.  Overall the book wasn't bad, and I think the lessons learned are applicable to both male and female.  The title "Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male" is a bit misleading.  This really is a coming of age story that can be enjoyed by anyone.  Overall I rate this book a 4, Borrow from a friend.   It is definitely not a waste of time, in fact the beginning is quite enjoyable, I also think we can all learn something from it, but it isn't particularly special either.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you feel.

Author Interview:

The Book Buff: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Philip Nork: The way others see you is not always the same as you see yourself, and that you’re never really alone in life no matter how much you feel that way

The Book Buff: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Philip Nork: We all have a story to tell, so just do it. Don’t worry about what people say, there will always be someone who connects with what you have to say and that makes up for all the naysayers you run into.

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