Title: How Not To Be A Boy
Author: Robert Webb
Genre/Narrator: Non-Fiction / Autobiography
First published: 2017
Edition: Audio book by Audible Studios
For some reason it took me a long time to listen to this audio book. I thought I would love it, but in the end it was fine, but it was too easy to put aside. Despite that fact, I never thought of not finishing it.
I know Robert Webb mainly as half of comedy duo Mitchell and Webb. I had heard so many good things about this book, I decided I wanted to listen to it. Robert Webb’s story of growing up not being your stereotypical boy is pretty every day. I think many boys/men will identify with the story of his life, which is pretty ordinary but in its ordinariness (word?) manages to be extraordinary. I just never felt I could quite connect to Robert even while I was listening to him, which is a great shame. I am not a big fan of his narration style and I have a feeling I would have read the book a lot quicker if I had just picked up the paperback.
However, I think the message he is trying to get across is very valid and current. Gender roles are a big topic at the moment and this book touches on that subject in a very natural efficient way as something that Robert himself struggled with.
Although I did not love this book, I feel it was worth reading.
4 out of 7 stars