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Love Monkey
by Kyle Smith

Category: Fiction / General
336 pages; ISBN: 0060574534

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Love Monkey
Kyle Smith
Morrow, Apr 2004, $23.95, 336 pp.
ISBN: 0060574534

Thirty-two tears old Tom Farrell is a swinging single enjoying life in Manhattan while working as a rewrite man at Tabloid, "America's loudest newspaper." His job is to revise submissions into spicy tales with attention-grabbing headlines, the more outrageously conspicuous the better.

Tom’s pastime is to collect and discard girlfriends at a pace that would rate a mention in Guinness if they kept such a category. His hobby besides women and sports is the Cartoon Network as he prefers to emulate the life of a young teen to that of a thirty something soul married with children. Recently Julia entered his top head and he cannot switch gears with her as he normally does with females. Still that does not stop him from thinking (with the wrong head) that he might want to end his friendship with Bran by enticing her into his bed.

This gender bender slick lit tale is amusing though the protagonist loses his cute image turning Tom terrific into an unsympathetic character when he pursues action with a gal pal not out of undying love and regardless of the cost to their friendship. Readers will appreciate LOVE MONKEY for placing a mirror to the chick lit sub-genre with a stag stud star, but ultimately ask what’s it all about Farrell?

Harriet Klausner


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