Nonfiction books tend to capture our attention because the stories contained inside of them are real. The question is can that story satisfy us? Can we bring ourselves to care about these people? First time authors have a difficult enough job breaking through that stone barrier into the literary world, but adding the pressure of nonfiction writing can make some people give up. Matthew Spruill, however, is not one of those people. The debut book of this Tulsan, Diary of a Dad, depicts his strange second marriage and the trials that went with it.
There he was, minding his own business, when he met a woman. Now, you all know how this goes: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, they get married, have kids, and live happily ever after. Oh…you poor naïve thing. That’s not quite how this story goes. If you’re looking for a happy ending, chill with Snow White and her 7 short roommates, because this is not a fairytale.
Matt meets The Bizarre One and decides that he has a crush. He asks her out, they go on a date, and about a month later they’re married. Honestly, what could go wrong?
His monster meets her monster and they become friends and decide to be siblings. The ragtag family adopts a dog, well, a beast, and eventually adopts a cat or two as well. No one, and nothing, in this family is anything closely resembling the idea of normal. Between bathroom explosions, restless leg syndrome, relatives that live in the boonies, and a dog who is deathly afraid of sleep, Matt throws out one hilarious story after another.
Readers beware: there are typos, grammatical errors, etc. Now, this would normally bother me, but then a realization occurred: this book is written out like a diary. So, of course there are going to be errors. If you truly cannot get passed this, then you’ll be missing out on something funny, light-hearted, and full of surprises.
You can find Diary of a Dad on Amazon.
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