Welcome to my stop on the Lad Lit Blog Tour with a review of The Drought by Steven Scaffardi. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review.
Dan Hilles is a pretty regular kind of guy – regular job, regular bunch of mates, regular male aversion to shopping. But following his break-up with long-term girlfriend, Stacey, he finds himself single again. He’s been out of the game for a while and is a little out of practice. Soon, the very irregular and increasingly worrying issue in Dan’s life is the extended drought he finds himself suffering. And we’re not talking the climate change, scorched earth, God I’m parched variety.
You’ve got to hand it to Dan though – it certainly isn’t from a lack of trying. With stalwart mates Ollie, Jack and Rob on hand to lend their collective pearls of male wisdom and arrange the odd road trip, you’d think Dan’s days of languishing in a sexual wilderness would be numbered. You’d think…
Even best friends can’t help prevent the kind of surreal holes Dan just can’t seem to help digging himself into. And with each failed attempt, his self-esteem plummets to the point where he wonders if ‘little Dan’ will ever work again.
Good job he has Kelly, his reliable and sympathetic colleague, to confide in. As a woman, she can perhaps shed some female light on why he’s failing so miserably with the opposite sex, balancing out the testosterone-fuelled ‘advice’ from the lads. Surely Dan can’t go wrong with Kelly teaching him the various intricacies of a woman’s mind. You’d think…
Steven Scaffardi’s first novel will have every guy laughing out loud in recognition and every girl secretly worrying – is this how men really think? A new talent to watch out for on the ‘lad-lit’ scene.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, I’m not the target market, a ‘lad’, and I don’t tend to read ‘funny’ books. But I was game and gave it a go.
Dan has just split with his girlfriend and is experiencing a sexual drought…his friends are offering lots of advice which is getting Dan into some awkward scrapes…
Steven Scaffardi can’t be faulted on his skills as an author, he writes well and as someone who doesn’t tend to get jokes he had me laughing from beginning to end which is quite an accomplishment! I would say there was also success in the fact I hated these lads. I mean truly hated.
I think it takes a real talent to write characters that the reader really dislikes but can’t stop reading. Most of you will agree that once you dislike your main character it’s hard to continue reading but with The Drought, Steven Scaffardi, had Dan, the protagonist, going through so much hell, I was hoping for each date and situation he got himself into to go wrong in spectacular fashion and was pleased if and when it did. I was hoping he didn’t get a happy ending and I was almost shouting at his awful friends to go take a long hike off a short pier!
These are the kind of lads that all girls hope they never run into, they are the kind of lads they hope their boyfriend isn’t friends with or even that he isn’t secretly like! They are sexist, they homophobic. They have absolutely no respect for anybody, even each other really. Their language is crass and all they think about is pulling and getting laid, and they speak about women like they are objects not people. Honestly they are a bunch of Neanderthals!
Kelly, Dan’s work mate, and female perspective was a disappointment to all women. She just laughed at all the things he told her, I think she was Steven Scaffardi’s payback for men that say mushy things in chick-lit, because a woman would definitely not think Dan’s antics were funny in real life and would be more likely to tell him he was a douche-bag!
This book is so well written, I sometimes didn’t know if I wanted to throw it I got so angry with these characters. I kept hoping Dan would learn a life lesson and realise that there was more to life than a quickie but that’s not what this book is about.
Steven Scaffardi has created an hilarious book, despite not being the target for this book, I laughed my way through, and although I probably didn’t react to the characters the way it was intended I did react and I did enjoy this book, although I wouldn’t want to bump into lads like this on the street because I’d have to give them a big lecture on respect!
I do think men in the target age range will find this book hilarious. Women are more likely to have the visceral response I had!
Thank you very much to Steven Scaffardi for a copy of the novel to review this book honestly for the blog tour.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
About Steven Scaffardi:
“But a man wouldn’t do or say that!”
This was a common rant that could often be heard coming from the lips of Steven Scaffardi over the last couple of years after he was forced to endure yet another rom-com movie at the hands of his girlfriend.
“And he definitely wouldn’t turn into a vampire or a werewolf! That is just plain ridiculous!”
So after suffering yet another Matthew McConaughey chick-flick, Steven decided enough was enough and it was time to stand up for men the world over and write a book that spoke about the male perspective on relationships, and The Drought was born…
Published in September 2011, Steven’s debut novel The Drought received fantastic praise for its hilarious take on how the male mind works when it comes to the opposite sex, being labelled chick-lit for men.
To help promote the book, Steven took to the open mic stand-up comedy scene in and around London in 2011, sharing his funny observations and self-deprecating humour about life as a 30-something man.
Steven is now busy working on his second novel, a follow-up to The Drought called The Flood. He is hoping to emulate the success of fellow lad-lit writers such as Mike Gayle, Danny Wallace, Nick Spalding, and the undisputed king of lad-lit, Nick Hornby.
Title: The Drought
Series: Sex, Love & Dating Disasters #1
Author: Steven Scaffardi
Genre: Lad Lit, Humour
Publication Date: 2 October 2013
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US