I was contacted by author, Hog Wild, through Goodreads to write an honest review of his book in exchange for a free copy. I love when authors contact me for reviews. I feel like it's a big leap of faith on their part to trust a stranger, who didn't seek out their book, to write a review. It takes guts and confidence. Here we go...
Wild's book, Baby, You're as Sweet as 3.14159265, is primarily a collection of the author's advice column questions.
I'm definitely not Wild's target audience. The humor and themes in this book would probably be most appealing for males in their late teens to early twenties. I'm not the slightest bit prudish, but the humor in this book is often very brash and crude. The humor was like an American Pie movie on speed.
Wild is a comedian and I often felt like the humor in the book might have translated better in a stand-up show, than it does in a book. He's probably really funny in person, not so much as a writer. The book was filled with comedian "bits" that ran too long.
The biggest issue that I had with Wild's book was the format. It needed to have been broken down by themes. The book consists of a love and sex questions sent in by Wild's fans and Wild's responses, occasionally peppered with his personal stories. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to how the questions are placed in the book. It would have had a better flow, is the questions had been grouped in related topics and if Wild had added more personal stories to tie it together.
I found a lot of Wild's advice to be solid and often found myself agreeing with him. If he made it less crass (and silly) and gave the book a stronger format, I would have given this book a better review. Unfortunately, Wild's book read like a first draft and it lost me as a reader.