You Dear, Sweet Man

You Dear, Sweet Man Book Cover You Dear, Sweet Man
Thomas Neviaser
Fiction
Thomas Neviaser
August 23, 2017
Paperback
304

In an attempt to bring his fast food company back to the heights of success it previously enjoyed, a CEO decides to change its image to include a healthy food venue.
The use of a sophisticated, beautiful, adult film model as the centerpiece of the ad and two youthful computer nerds, specializing in holography and animation, leads to a most intriguing and ingenious advertisement ever invented that only responds to vibrations of whatever vehicle on which it is attached; hence, an exciting yet subtle motion to entice viewers to concentrate on the company's message.
The Ultimate Advertisement!
Of course, there are antagonists who are trying to sabotage the efforts of the company, but these attempts are thwarted through the devious and innocent maneuverings of the computer wizards.
The model's temper leads to revenge when her suggestions for the ad are repeatedly rejected by the CEO and board members, and she secretly uses her sensuality and paranormal skills to telepathically force the creators of the ad to produce ads to include unhealthy food images such as burgers and fries. She invents an alter-ego to serve as a replacement for herself in these ads; however, there is one component missing. To finalize her ad, there is a need to add a contrasting overweight and unattractive man. To find that person, the alter-ego must leave the ad, become a human image, and succeed in seducing such a man to return to the ad with her.
In the end, she uses his hunger for a burger and fries to coerce him into entering the ad. As he does, he finds himself in an unexpected predicament from which there may be no escape. As a result, she considers the ad complete, falsely believing the ad will exist forever.

 

You Dear, Sweet Man was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

You Dear, Sweet Man was a bit of a mix of a story, on more than one level. The synopsis on the back gives too much of the story away. Like, everything. Reading the story by itself gives readers a bit of a mystery element and it works. But if you have skimmed the synopsis, you already know what is coming next. The summary does its job too well; it reads like cliff notes. Which in turn leads into our second point, the length of the book.

It felt like You Dear, Sweet Man could not decide if it wanted to be a novel or a short story. The story features a decent-sized cast and each chapter jumps between their perspectives. We really get walked through the whole process of this ad that the story focuses on. From a business point-of-view that is neat to see but it does make other elements of the story take a while. It felt like the ball did not fully get rolling until the last 1/3 of the story or so. More details could have made this a full-length novel (despite the page count, I read it in about 3 hours due to the small pages and large-ish font) while the synopsis shows it could have been a short story as well.

The characters of the story are a bit of a mixed bag. Some get a lot of a focus in many chapters while others make scarce appearances. The heroes of the story came off as more interesting than the villains. The good guys do get more face-time and that is a factor there. The businessmen running the burger restaurant are nice, normal people instead of the evil businessmen we typically see in fiction, which was a nice change of pace. There is an evil, rival business man but his schemes were more of a subplot than a driving force.

Our true villainess gets more focus, but her character was a bit…odd. By the end of the story it is clear that she is unstable and very used to getting her way. There is a bit of a supernatural element surrounding her but the explanation for it was very rushed. In the span of a page or two she explains how her apparent psychic powers work and the character who learns this just kind of rolls with it. There was also a very adult scene with her, which makes sense within the story but felt out of place compared to the rest of the book. Everything just became very fast-paced at the end and it did not 100% fit the slower beginning and middle.

Overall, You Dear, Sweet Man was a good little read. The premise is interesting, the characters are enjoyable, and it is a good length something short and sweet. The synopsis spoiling pretty much the entire story is what really hurt the book for me. If you skip the synopsis, WHICH I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, this is a 4-star story.

January 21, 2018

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