Chick lit is for dudes, too

I know, I know, tracking your reviews isn’t healthy. Still. This afternoon I discovered a new review for my coming of age novel, If You Have to Ask. It brought me nutty delight. As in, so much delight that I’m going nuts. Don’t read it if you’re allergic. Do read it if you have nuts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit that even the dudeliest dude can enjoy
September 14, 2014
This review is from: If You Have to Ask (Paperback)

Let me preface this by saying–I am a dude.Not only that, but I am the sort of dude who normally never reads this genre. This is “chick lit” at its very chickiest. I am totally not the target audience for this. But that being said…I loved it!Kells is truly a skilled writer. The prose itself is beautiful, a treat to read on its own merit. The metanarrative of the story, as well, is finely crafted. A real master-planned story with a very nice arc to it, developing several themes with poise and dexterity. Very real, flesh-and-blood characters in here. Even for me–the most dudeliest of dudes–the main character was extremely relatable. I can easily see this story being made into a movie someday, and all I ask of Providence is that when the time comes, the lead role gets cast by someone hot, because there are some very sexy sexytimes in the novel.I feel I should add in a helpful comment for my fellow bros out there, as this book may come in handy for you all someday. Ladies, if you’re still reading, I’d kindly ask you to stop here.


Heads up, brochacho–this book will give you an eye-opening glimpse into the mind of a woman, like few books out there ever will.

Can you imagine if the U.S. had ever gotten hold of a military strategic manual from the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War? Or vice versa? That is exactly what reading the internal monologue of the main character is like for us bros. If you ever wondered what went on inside the inscrutable mind of the fairer sex–what she’s thinking on that first date, what she daydreams about between your phone calls, why she suddenly got all quiet after you took her out to a four-course dinner at KFC–this book is for you.

Seriously though, and I say this without any sarcasm, it really is a fascinating look into a female perspective. Any fellow dudes who are interesting in understanding their mates a bit better and maybe, just maybe, becoming slightly less dense as men, this book is for you.

Muchas Gracias, Señor Khui! Order now to eat with your fried chicken.