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I Wish I Never Met You
by Denise N. Wheatley

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0743250567

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


I Wish I Never Met You
Denise N. Wheatley
Touchstone, Aug 2004, $12.00, 204 pp.
ISBN: 0743250567

She makes no apologies for her treatment of men, insisting she was not always right or wrong as all she wanted was to find her soulmate. Instead the sister insists that the highlights of her manly encounters were the dregs; some of the cretins she “dated” had genetic issues and those were higher up the food chain than several of these losers. In other words there are an overwhelmingly larger number of Mr. Wrongs than Mr. Rights.

I WISH I NEVER MET YOU is often an amusing chick lit short story collection starring a sassy (too cocky perhaps for some) in your face African-American woman. The narrator circumcises the males she encounters for containing physical, mental, emotional, or marital status failures. Some readers will be turned off by the profanity and vividly graphic descriptions of her “golden” dates with the “shiftless, stupid, and the ugly”. Still well written, the audience will laugh at the antics and comments of the narrator, but also feel somewhat guilty for doing so since the protagonist is dislikable for her arrogant disregard of the feelings of others she considers her inferiors as throughout this anthology slices and dices men.

Harriet Klausner


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