Non Fric.tion by Morgan Parker
Synopsis

 

 

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rockstar, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it.

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist. It starts with... well... }i{ .

Note: the f-word is used 231 times in various formats throughout this story. Read with caution.

 

 

 

 

Kelly – 4 Crowns

 

 

Non Fric.tion is an inspirational tale of one man trying to make the best out of a bad situation. The premise focuses strongly on a love gone wrong while trying to put something that was once special back together, when the broken pieces no longer fit. The undercurrent theme is poignant and very real, yet Morgan Parker has injected bouts of honest hilarity that will have you waving your girlie fan-pants and congratulating him on a job well done!

I’ve never picked up a rom-com written by a male author before, and I was a little apprehensive. I’m not prejudice at all (just wanted to clear that up), it just never transpired. My TBR is laden with contemporary romance and with this specific marketplace saturated by the ‘female’ writer population, it just never happened… until now.

Non Fric.tion came highly recommended to me by a fellow blogger friend. She knows the author well and bullied him into gifting me a copy via Amazon. I was quite surprised that he heeded the call of ‘Kelsey the Great’ (http://kelseyskornerblog.com/) when my inbox pinged to tell me that Mr Morgan Parker, 'brilliant' author of Textual Encounters had indeed sent me a little present. ;)

This story follows Morgan Barker, an accountant who loses it all when his wife of 12 years leaves him, taking their young Daughter with her. He is left angry, confused and terribly wounded. With too many sick days under his belt, his boss lets him go, only then to come under pressure from Jennifer ‘aka’ Princess Bitch to sell the house so she can get her 50% cut. Bored of accountancy and pissed off with life’s little detour, he takes it upon himself to try something different – thinking outside the box, he decides to write a book titled Sextual Encounters (yes…very clever Mr Parker!!)

With Indie success comes fan mail in form of xs panties (clean), and nudie picture messages from one obsessive fan named Emma (enter new ‘potential’ love interest here and incorrigible prick tease).

Emma is pretty, smart, a fellow writer and unfortunately, married to a dead beat. This doesn't deter Morgan; hes got a serious case of the blue-balls and feels Emma could be just the thing he needs, although she thwarts his advances due to her ‘marital status’ and decides it best to remain ‘pen-pals.’ I don’t believe I’m in the minority here when I say that Emma drove me to distraction. I wanted to punch her in the vagina for pulling our main protagonist around by his dick… sorry, just sayin.’

With newfound success, Princess Bitch decides they should try Marriage counselling. This exercise, albeit hostile gives birth to a new idea… a story of love, second-chances, loss and heartbreak, aptly titled: Our Story.

In the process of writing his new literary masterpiece, the arduous journey of irrevocable love between Oliver and Olivia start to entangle into his everyday life, making him question the notion of real-love and what it really means to have something pure and undeniable, as he views his life and what is lost, in a whole new light…

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What I loved about this book is that Morgan Parker has taken a very real theme that many can relate to, and run it concurrently parallel to a fictitious tale, giving the impression of a story within a story. The premise is intelligent and executed flawlessly. I love delving into the male psyche, and I appreciated the fact that our main character is flawed to the point of being a real dork at times. Morgan Barker felt real and not a figment of imagination and that worked for me.

Non Fic.tion reads like an autobiography and I had to pinch myself now and then to remind myself that this is, in-fact, a ‘brilliant’ work of fiction that is refreshing and new. A large majority of this book is highlighted on my kindle with one scene in particular involving 'the twit' that had me waking up my Husband at 1am as I lay in bed beside him laughing my arse off!

Take a chance on this one as I don’t think you will be disappointed. And if nothing else, you won’t be able to sing ‘L M N O P’ anymore without thinking ‘yellow mellow pee.’ Yeah… the kid is great! :D

 

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