Genre: Lad lit
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…
Any book that starts with a drooling man getting punched by a barmaid has got to be worth a read, as this one is. A lot of silliness, a little romcom, this is effectively an insight into the life of an amiable idiot.
Dan finds himself in, as the title suggests, a sexual drought following his break-up with his long-term girlfriend. Cue a host of disastrous attempts to end said drought, some ‘helpful’ mates, and a sprinkling of potential romance amid the chaos…
The writing was light-hearted (which makes the stereotypes forgivable) and the dialogue realistic. The book is labeled as lad-lit for a reason, and that’s because it’s heavy on male antics, humour, and thought, and it’s worth pointing out that, for that reason, it may not be for all. But if it’s comedy, fun, and some semblance of something akin to romance from a male point of view that you’re after, The Drought is worth a read.
*I received a free copy from the author, via Rosie’s Book Review Team, in exchange for my honest review.