Title: The Imperfect Enjoyment
Author: Dewan W. Gibson
Review: This was an interesting book that kept my interest and read quickly. I read it on a trip in the car and I liked it, but I really didn't understand why? Nothing big was revealed and I really didn't learn anything new, well except that I don't think like a man and I'm happy for that. This is a coming of age type of story, Dewan is growing up and feeling his way through his growing pains. Love, loss, love again and lots of sex. Anyone having grown up can identify with many of the issues the author brings up. I think that a few conquests were exaggeration and some were downplayed(the toilet issues, yuck).
Lots of talk of sex and body fluids in this book, it reminded me of a bunch of teenagers talking. I think the book could have been better without all the sex and the sex talk. I realize I’m a women and so I don’t think like a man, but still come on. But I did see how the main character went from the loose teenager to the more mature adult, not completely but he is still growing up. Someday in the future he may actually mature enough to have sex with only his girlfriend or wife. Or at least his girlfriend or wife can only hope.
The family relationships were well written and funny at times. I laughed and then I cringed at his word choice and the way he wrote about the women in the book at times. I felt his pain and his humor. Not a bad book, but not really my thing.
Publisher: December 16th 2008 by Irc Books
Pages: 176 pages
Quick Review: 3 Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it: The publisher was looking for reviewers.
Synopsis: When college instructor Dewan Gibson leaves the Midwest for California, he expects to find a world of breast implants, beer and beaches. Instead he enters a secret and ill-fated romance with a Middle Eastern undergraduate. In this vivid and humorous memoir, Gibson describes his attempts to overcome his forbidden love affair by jumping into an office fling gone wrong (Tijuana Mornings), traveling across the world to Denmark in hopes of meeting "Ms. Booty Mama" (Arhus Ain't for Lovers) and musing over the interracial relationships between his African-American uncles and "rural white women that wore 1980's big bangs and resembled Guns N' Roses groupies" (Too Much Tupac). Toeing the line between stable adulthood and post-college debauchery, Gibson presents a comically honest look at the frailty of modern relationships. Poignant, witty and at times downright hilarious--The Imperfect Enjoyment is a story of toxic relationships and the search for a second chance at love that enlightens and amuses as very few books do.
Author Biography: Dewan Gibson is a humorist and author of The Imperfect Enjoyment. His work has appeared in Defenestration Magazine, the International Journal of Intercultural Relations and Hobo Pancakes, among other publications. Prior to pursuing a writing career he earned a master’s degree in intercultural communication and taught at San Diego State University. Dewan is currently conducting health disparities research and writing a nonfiction humor book about working in a community clinic. He can be reached on his blog, Facebook or Twitter.
Dewan W. Gibson: Author of The Imperfect Enjoyment