The main characters in the book, 40 years old and married with two kids, are the only couple out of their core group of friends who haven’t divorced. Rather than give themselves a pat on the back for their successful marriage, the wife (Jessica) tries to convince her husband (Mitch) that their marriage needs a preemptive “saving” of sorts. Her idea is to open up their marriage so they can have one-night stands. As a reader, this idea left me scratching my head a bit, like…why would they do that? They admittedly have a great marriage, great banter, great sex, yet they decide to implode their relationship rather than be proud of themselves.
You know their marriage experiment is going to be a train wreck, and that’s what kept me reading. The supporting characters are strong, the dialogue is witty, and the main character, Mitch, is lovable. It was a fun, quick read for me and entertaining despite the unrealistic nature of their experiment.
This is the second book I’ve read this month by Matthew Norman (I also read We’re All Damaged), and Norman writes witty and flawed male characters that you can’t help but cheer on with the hope that they find happiness and love.