Book Review – God is a Woman

God Is A Woman
Michael Tavon
Publication Date: December 25th 2016

★★★★

 

“From growing up in an abusive household to becoming a dejected adult, Price Jones found himself drowning in a sea of alcohol and one night stands, to fill the void of loneliness. The suicidal novelist is yearning for love more than ever before. His spiraling love life comes to a halt when an old flame saves his life.”

“This is a story about how the support of a strong woman can help a man restore confidence, improve his lifestyle, and mental well being. God is a Woman.” ~via Goodreads

Now, here’s a book that was a bit of a surprise. I can’t tell you exactly what I was expecting because I really wasn’t sure. I knew from the synopsis, we would be dealing with some complex issues and it could get painful. For that, I was correct. Truth be told, the surprise was how difficult I found it to put this book down.

Before we get too far into this review, I feel I need to add a disclosure because this book is unapologetically raw. It is not warm and fuzzy. It is definitely not for children. As I mentioned, God is a Woman deals with very real, very painful and very difficult subject matter. We are talking about suicide, addiction (of multiple types), sexual abuse… There is nothing shy about this book. God is a Woman can get graphic and sometimes uncomfortable. However, these are the details that make the book what it is. And though I rarely delve into books that deal with the ugly things so vividly, I am glad I did with this one.

Let me get this part over with – God is a Woman is not perfect. There are some parts of the book that I really struggled with. The story of Price Jones moves quickly – time seems to move quickly. There are some important elements to Price Jones’ story that I didn’t find very believable. A very specific hangup  I had (my biggest hangup) revolved around sexual abuse and forgiveness – I don’t like spoilers, so I won’t elaborate. It just did not feel right, realistic, and I could not buy into it. Also, in the span of just under 160 pages, you get a massive story that could have easily gone on for much, much longer. There was much left to question, explore and elaborate.

But…

All of that said, I still really enjoyed reading this book. I did not want to put it down and I constantly thought of our main character, Price Jones.

Michael Tavon has a very unique rhythm to his writing and maybe it is because of this that I enjoyed the book so much. Yes, this book made me uncomfortable at times but I believe that is its intent. Yes, this book is a bit vulgar (for me) at times but to understand the mindset of the character(s) it needs to be. The point is, this book made me feel something for the characters, for Price Jones. He made me angry, he made me smile, he made me feel incredibly sad for him. I felt something very honest.

I gave God is a Woman, 4 hopeful stars

Thank you, Michael Tavon who provided me with this book in exchange for my unbiased review!

 

 

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