Any Man – Amber Tamblyn

Coming to bookstores near you next week!

Thanks to Harper Perennial for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

ANY MAN – Amber Tamblyn (Releasing June 26th, 2018)

Check back for the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one later this week!

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

I’ll start out by saying that this is a very intense read. This will not be for everyone because it depicts the physical, mental, and emotional aftermath of rape and sexual assault. ANY MAN by Amber Tamblyn is one that I definitely won’t be forgetting any time soon, and not just because of the topic. Her writing style is so unique and original, while it did take a chapter or two to get used to, I absolutely loved it.

We follow the stories of 5 men that all have one thing in common – they all fell victim to the same female rapist. This book takes a look into rape culture and how the public sees and treats the victims of these horrible crimes. I will say that this is the first book to actually get some kind of emotional reaction out of me. I got so frustrated with a few parts and things that people were saying in response to these crimes, but I’ll leave that for you to read!

This was told through the eyes of each character, journal entries, transcripts, poetry, and online chats (mainly OkCupid and Twitter). The chapters aren’t clearly marked by the names of the characters, but they each have such strong voices and stories that it is very easy to know who is the narrator. As a society, we never really get to see this through the eyes of a male victim, they are always the predators in these crimes. Having the roles switched gives this book a whole other tone and message.

ANY MAN is emotionally raw, harsh, and unapologetic. While the attacks are the focus of the story, we also get to see how these men begin to overcome these terrible crimes. They are survivors and find ways to cope and help each other. I hope to see more fiction in the future from Amber Tamblyn and can’t wait to hear what others think of this one. Definitely an engrossing and intense read that you won’t quickly forget about.

 

What do you think of books that depict these kinds of topics?

–Jess

 

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