Today I am reviewing a lad-lit comedy by Steven Scaffardi. First let me introduce the author to you:
Stand-up comedian Steven Scaffardi published his debut novel The Drought in September 2011 to fantastic praise. The Drought is Scaffardi’s foray into the world of lad-lit. Born in south London in 1978, Scaffardi is a former sports journalist who started performing stand-up comedy in January 2011. In his short spell on the stand-up circuit he finished runner-up in the Golden Jester comedy competition.
One bet, four girls, eight weeks, multiple dates. What could possibly go wrong?
Following his traumatic eight month dry spell, Dan Hilles is back in the driving seat and ready to put his dating disasters behind him.But if only it were that simple.
After a drunken afternoon in the pub, fuelled by the confidence of alcohol, Dan makes a bet with his three best pals that will complicate his love-life more than ever when he brazenly declares that he could juggle multiple women all at the same time. With just eight weeks to prove his point, Dan is about to find out how hard it is to date a flood of women without them all finding out about each other, especially when they come in the shape of an ex-girlfriend, a stalker, the office ice queen and the one that got away.
Dan Hilles is a desperate man. Desperate because he needs to prove to his 3 best friends that he is a babe magnet while just months ago he had suffered an eight month long sexual ‘drought’. To prove that he is not a guy to be labelled as a nice guy, he simply makes a bet to juggle four girls on multiple dates in a matter of some weeks, thus bringing on ‘The Flood’!.
The consequences are hilarious and even strenuous when he comes to realize how difficult it is juggling multiple girls and having to look over his shoulder all the time. His best buddies, Rob, Ollie and Jack, manage to land him in the most outrageous situations, some which make you laugh out loud and others that make you shake your head wondering if anything as weird as this could ever happen.
The story is obviously written from a man’s perspective however there were certain inputs about what a woman might have thought in certain situations and I couldn’t agree more to it. The author has a good understanding of how a female mind works too!. Just like his last book, Steven plays with words in a nice way, my favorite one being ‘crotch-roads’ instead of crossroads. I can’t discuss the context though since I will have to go very much in detail for that.
There are some good twists throughout the story since each of the four girls (and a fifth one who isn’t part of this bet), have very interesting characters. How Dan barely manages to escape in situations where these girls just happen to come together unintentionally, is funny. The book cover illustration is very nice. More than anything else, what happens in this book are disasters whether it be related to sex or dating. The sex (limited as it is) isn’t portrayed to come across as erotic.
Once again, getting to know how a man’s mind works, is a bit shocking!. Is sleeping with a girl (or as many of them, for that matter!), the only thing that rules their minds?. Even though that’s a sinister thought, this is definitely a lad lit book that both men and women would equally enjoy reading. This book ends with a suggestion that another fun and happening book is in the works :). Good luck to the author to come up with yet another hilarious read.
The first book in this Sex, Love & Dating Disasters series is The Drought, which I have reviewed here. It so happens that The Drought is also the very first book I ever reviewed on my blog, three years ago. The second book, initially planned to be titled as The One That Got Away, was later renamed as The Flood, which is more apt I feel.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘I really liked it’!
Links to the book
Source : I received an ebook copy of this from the author for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.