ARC Review – The Naked Truth: A Memoir by Leslie Steiner

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

The Naked Truth: A Memoir by Leslie Steiner

Published on May 21, 2019 by Simon & Schuster

272 pages (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9781501174100

Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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SYNOPSIS:

This is about Leslie’s adventure into a life of connections and sex. She is recently divorced after a twenty-year marriage. Her ex-husband was horribly mentally abusive and rude to her that she was finally free to love herself. Her plan is to find five lovers in a year to bring back the feminine side in herself.  

She managed to find men in many different places such as the airport, yoga class, and high school reunions. She did all of this without the hassle of a dating website. In the end, she discovers what it is like to be a middle-aged woman living in the world today. 

REVIEW:

I said this in my Goodreads review, and I’ll say it here. I am not rating the experience this author had. I am not rating her life in any way. I am rating how well she told her story. It’s incredibly infuriating to read a nonfiction book and it be written horribly. 

I’m sure that this was a bit controversial for some readers. I am not sure if this is more accepted today, but I will say that I don’t find the concept controversial. There are some parts in this story that I didn’t agree with. Having relationships with someone that is dating/married to someone else is obviously something I don’t like reading about. I had no idea about that before going into the book. I didn’t read any reviews. If you don’t like reading about that, then I probably wouldn’t pick it up. 

►Her previous marriage that lasted twenty years was horrible. The only good thing that came out of it was the two kids. I felt so much sympathy for Leslie. Her ex-husband made her feel like she didn’t matter. There was so much mental abuse that I am surprised she bounced back so fast. I feel like I would suffer for a long time. Kudos to her for working on herself. It’s actually quite impressive.

I found all the men that she had flings with to be annoying. None of them were right for her, and it made me angry. I think I was expecting her to fall in love again and live happily ever after. 

►The writing wasn’t my favorite. I’m happy that she didn’t try too hard, but it wasn’t anything special. I am always in search of a nonfiction book that blows me away with the story and the writing.

►If you are looking for an entertaining read, then pick this up. It’s fast to read and quite entertaining. It is a story you never read about. I thought it was a very interesting concept. I wouldn’t read it again, but I don’t regret that I read it in the first place.

This is where I would put quotes, but it was an ARC and I don’t have a finished copy to compare it to.


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