Review: I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

I Suck at Girls

When Justin Halpern decides the time has come to propose to his girlfriend, Amanda, he takes his father to lunch to discuss the decision and look for some fatherly wisdom and/or advice.

For most of us, this would be fairly normal. But Justin’s dad is the dad from S*** My Dad Says. After his father points out that the news shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, he then challenges Justin to take a moment and reflect on his various relationships with women before he makes the momentous move. Justin takes that advice, the result of which is this book.

I’ll have to admit that S*** My Dad Says wore out its welcome rather quickly for me. It was amusing, but it felt like Halpern was stretching at times to achieve the short page count for that novel. Unfortunately, I Suck at Girls is guilty of the same thing, even if some of the stories and incidents in here are laugh out loud funny (the incident of finding a homeless man’s porn is a riot).

Like many males, Halpern struggled trying to figure out women, all before finding the one that’s right for him. If you’ve had that struggle, you’ll identify with a lot of the anecdotes in this volume. The funniest moments come courtesy of Halpern’s father who doesn’t quite understand his son.

Clocking in at just under 200 pages, this is a quick, funny read that when it works, it works. But there are still moments I felt like Halpern was marking time or trying to achieve a page count

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