This Modern Love: A Novel by Ray Hecht (Book Review #34)
Posted on July 31, 2018
by Jeyran Main
A brutally honest portrayal of what seems to be the common mannerism of our youth and our society. Here you have four young adults living in four different ways, and each chapter discusses their addiction to technology, their odd ways of connecting to people through social media, and how they inevitably end up alone due to their initial wrong approach.
The routine of picking up girls for Jack is all too easy. He searches for low-esteemed girls that are desperate and therefore are “accessible for action.” Once he is satisfied, he moves on to the next. Just reading Jack’s story was upsetting never mind wanting to accept that our society has become this way. His beliefs were that girls liked pink unicorns and romance drama no matter what kind of personality they had. He deliberately went to dates later than scheduled so he could apologize and buy a dessert, confident that he was going to be awarded in the bedroom because of it. Two questions came to mind while reading this. Have our girls become that shallow, stupid and naïve? Do we really believe that girls are giving away their virtues for a meal?
The story consisted of many uses of profanity and sexual content. The style of writing was perfectly suited for this kind of storytelling. The Author clearly wanted to make a point of how modern society is affecting emotions, social interaction, and bonding between human beings. The characters made many incorrect generalizations towards the different types of women that exist today. I really liked how each chapter was dedicated to single characters, and it would come back to the same person on a rotational queue.
Candace and Ben were a good example of the modern love with the inability to express emotions correctly and to communicate properly causing the relationship to tumble. Even when Ben was saying goodbye to Candace, he was upset that he was not going to get any action that night instead of feeling the deprivation of love and connection he had with his girlfriend.
The two girls in the story were sisters, Andrea and Carla. They were both two completely confused and sad young girls. They no longer even knew who they were or what they wanted to do in life and what they should be even feeling.
The story makes you miss the old days. The etiquette, mannerism, and the social norm are absent. Men behaved with respect, loyalty, and commitment in the midst of women and it was expected of them. The lack of it in the 21st century is definitely worrying.
Ray Hecht has a special magic touch in writing a fiction story that you and I are well aware, is, in fact, real and happening every day.
I recommend this book to any adult that is interested in an excellent and easy read with a twist on the reality side of things.
Written by Jeyran Main
This review was kindly requested by the Author, Ray Hecht.
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