The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
Henry Holt and Co. (July 2013)
256 pgs, 4 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is one man’s inner monologue about love and relationships. Though a self-proclaimed feminist, Nathaniel is often unfeeling and misogynistic when it comes to women and self centered when it comes to relationships. At the beginning of the novel he meets a woman who is his equal intellectually. She’s also funny and good-looking and fairly easy going. She is a struggling writer and he is about to publish his first book. You would think they’d be perfect for each other. But there is something that stops Nate from really falling in love.
The book is peppered with stories about Nate’s past relationships, which give him an asshole track record. He seems to be the guy that thinks all women are a little crazy. When he doesn’t want to be with them anymore, he doesn’t break up with them like a normal person, he stops calling or he does shitty things until the girl finally calls it off. THAT is what makes women crazy! In the process, he never implicates himself. However, when he meets Hannah, he does start to notice and hate things about himself like how he judges her, which FINALLY.
The thing I liked least about this book was that it was basically either monologue or dialogue. There were a ton of flashbacks but very little present action and the action that did exist was more of a vessel for dialogue than anything else. What I liked most about this book is that Nate does finally fall in love. It might not be perfect, but he’s happy. And that is such a hopeful note to end on!
I really liked this look into a man’s brain. It made me think a lot about how I approach relationships—even if it sometimes hit too close to home. This was far far far better than The Average American Male and it dealt with a lot of the same issues.
FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little womanizer, button yourself up in this blue plaid shirt. When paired with this baby blue sweater this is a perfect combination for an uncomfortable dinner party or drinks at the bar with Hannah.
These navy slacks are trim and fitted for your thin frame. They’ll catch the attention of all the ladies as you’re walking out of their lives with no backward glance.
This phone case has a Dr. Seuss quote that you might as well live by “no one is youer than you.” You are pretty in love with yourself, which is why you douse your wrists and necks with Hermes Narcissus cologne.
This yellow wallet is the color of your character, slip it in your back pocket and only pull it out when you’re looking to disappoint. The classic style of these gray Oxfords speaks to your pretension and intellectual superiority complex. The ladies love it.