Martin is a typical 24 year old guy. Just like any other young guy, sex is always on his mind.habit
Now he's in a mess. He's got a bad habit of messing up any relationship he's had. He didn't love them, but he's genuinely in love with her. Okay, she's 38, 14 years older than him. Now he finally falls in love, not only is she that much older, she wants a ZEN relationship. Apparently a ZEN involves talking about feelings (what?) communicating, be conscious about what his thoughts are and be able to talk about those feelings? More importantly, she wants total honesty about everything, no matter what. Knowing the hazards of a relationship like this, he dives in head first.
Martin is written in the first person which gives the author, Dermot Davis, the opportunity to show what “real” people go through when building a relationship. It is very apparent that Davis likes the characters he's created in this short book.
Davis writes Martin going through a number of psychological gymnastics. He has Martin attempting to hold on to a piece of himself while trying to work within the given parameters laid out for him in the "Zen" fashion. Just thinking of the premise is funny. Martin, like most people, has not taken a lot of time to look at himself. 24 year old men are too consumed with trying to feed that "sex" monster which doesn't leave them any time to do that. There's that whole young adult thing about "trying to find yourself" which many people attempt to do and others could care less (back to feeding the sex monster". We see him trying to stay out of his own way while delving into those murky waters
I’m sure, that, for someone totally untrained in analytical skills, the conclusions he comes to are a riot. Wouldn't that be a good premise for a sequel to this charmer. I know I’d be interested in it, wouldn’t you?